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Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has brought a new interpretation to the Franschhoek Valley culinary scene. Amongst all the fine-dining establishments of South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, the Leopard’s Leap offering is informal and relaxed and offers a delightful, wholesome and novel food-and-wine experience focussing on uncomplicated, fresh and season food, full of flavour and beautifully complemented by its popular wine portfolio.

“We are very excited about this successful addition to the Franschhoek food offering”, says Leopard’s Leap CEO Hein Koegelenberg. “To us, family is very important and we wanted to have an option where one can enjoy quality food and wine in a laid-back and child-friendly environment.”

Laid-back lunches and hands-on kitchen action

Rotisserie-based lunches with tender and juicy meats from the state-of-the-art spit, are complemented by an array of farm baked breads as well as a beautiful selection of side dishes such as seasonal salads and roasted vegetables sourced from the vegetable and herb garden on the farm. Dessert offers a tempting choice of individual portions such as cake lollies, baked mini-cheesecakes and baby meringues.

Bursting with energy and inspiration, Chef Pieter de Jager ensures guests are bowled over by the beautiful flavours from the rotisserie as well as decadent pastries, cakes and take-home meals.  He also presents a programme of Cooking Classes for passionate home cooks who would like to fine-tune their culinary skills or extend their culinary repertoire.

Find the match

Another addition to the Leopard’s Leap food-and-wine experience, is the Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing. A collaboration between Cellarmaster Eugene van Zyl and Chef Pieter de Jager, the pairing is very  informative and while providing guests with the knowledge required for future food and wine choices, the experiences is interactive and entertaining.

Join one of Leopard’s Leap’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic Wine Tasting Ambassadors on Friday mornings for a tasting of the six wines in the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection, each paired with an example of an ideal food partner. All the wines in the Culinaria Collection are based on traditional French blends and are made with the specific focus of being exceptional partners to food. The Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing shows these wines with food that illustrates the skill of food and wine pairing, offering guests the ideal opportunity to enjoy well-matched combinations while getting to know the fundamentals behind making informed dinner table choices.

Taste South Africa

South Africa is a melting pot of cultures – all influencing food traditions and styles of cooking. Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has an exciting addition to its food offering in the form of cooking classes, cooking demonstrations and food and wine pairings focusing on South African cuisine, its flavours, spices and traditions.

Join Chef Pieter de Jager for an introduction to the diversity which is South African cuisine. Learn about the homely food of the townships, understand the use of fragrant spices in curries and enjoy the unique combination of sweet, sour and savoury in traditional dishes as well as the innovative use of seasonal fruit in chutneys and sambals. Read more.

With its wide stoep, contemporary open spaces and stretched out lawn, Leopard’s Leap caters for the whole family – whether it is for a birthday lunch, family get-together, special celebration or just a late afternoon with friends enjoying a selection of innovative wine cocktails.

Join us from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00.

A tempting selection of culinary and wine related items, gifts and take-away delights is also available from the shop.

For more information on Leopard’s Leap Wines and all the activities at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, please visit www.leopards-leap.comor contact us at +27 (0)21 876 8002.

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