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Nov 22, 2019 | Lifestyle

Beloved Franschhoek winery Haute Cabrière’s fresh look

Twenty five years on since the Von Arnim family opened Haute Cabrière cellar, the winery has become an icon of the Franschhoek wine route. With the mission of building on from two and a half decades of excellence and the legacy created by Achim von Arnim, while also offering a winelands experience for the 21st century, the restaurant and tasting room have now been stylishly reimagined into a versatile space that allows you to tailor your experience.

“The project has been about honouring the legacy of our heritage while celebrating the beauty of evolution. Even though the wines and the destination are ever changing, it will never lose its essence,” says Takuan von Arnim, director of wine and second-generation cellar master.

With a brief to design a space that would create an authentic and meaningful experience for visitors, the architects used the existing canvas of spectacular views and majestic stone arches to best advantage. “The whole ambience is lighter. There’s a powerful sense of arrival, while the flow of the property guides guests through the different spaces and offerings. All of this is offset by an exquisite view of the landscape on one side, and the original European-inspired underground stone cellar on the other,” says AD Muller, lead architect at A3D.

The interiors followed suit. “We’ve retained the elegance and sophistication synonymous with Haute Cabrière, but the interior design is more on-trend now. A key aspect was to bring more light into the indoor space. There’s a balance of being chic, yet relaxed; with touches of opulence, whilst maintaining a timeless elegance,” says Christiaan Barnard of Christiaan Barnard Interior and Design.

The most notable change is the outdoor area, which has been transformed and encapsulated in glass, with an expansive infinity deck, allowing guests to enjoy the different spaces all year-round.

A menu overhaul draws on the strong French heritage of the estate. “My inspiration has always been classically French, with an appreciation for the South African palate, which is a natural fit for Haute Cabrière,” says Nic van Wyk, Haute Cabriére’s head of destination.

A brand-new deli and bakery too with freshly baked artisanal goods, fresh produce from the vegetable garden, and condiments from the menu complement the experience – meaning that there’s a food element from breakfast to dinner, and to take home with you.

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