I was seated on the outside terrace on the first floor overlooking the vineyards of the Holden Manz Wine Estate. There are two rows of tables on the terrace: one row next to the edge of the terrace with nothing between yourself and the vineyards and mountains, then a second row set back behind the first row. If I visited again, I’d be sure to request a table on the same row I was on, which was the first row, because the view was wonderful (see my photos). I watched the evening sunset throughout my meal and I’d recommend booking your table at a time that allows you to savour the changing light conditions as you dine. As I watched other diners arrive in the dark later on in the evening, I could not help feeling like they’d missed out greatly on seeing this natural spectacle.
Both the food and wines complemented the views well. I started with ravioli and had steak for mains. Both courses were delicious and presented very well. My steak was cooked just as I had requested. I chose a different Holden Manz wine with each course. Although non-estate wines were available, if desired, I preferred the novelty of drinking wines from within the estate I was dining at. All the wines I ordered were excellent and I particularly enjoyed the “Good Sport” that I had with my dessert (this was essentially their own Port style wine).
I found the complimentary pick-up and drop-off very helpful because I was staying in central Franschhoek and the restaurant is a short drive away. It strongly recommend booking because all the tables on the terrace were full. By European standards, this dining experience was very good value and I would return again if visiting Franschhoek.
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