Delicious snack recipes to pair with Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Haute Cabriere has just released the 2014 vintage of Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Being the 20th vintage of this delicious wine, we thought we would share some hearty snack recipes with you, which you can easily prepare at home and enjoy with a glass of Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Download Pairing PDF

Vegetarian Delights at Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant

In the kitchen, we talk about root to flower eating,” says Chef Ryan Shell with a twinkle in his eye. “Vegetables are such a fantastic way to showcase what’s in season,” he adds. With the new vegetable garden at Haute Cabrière estate, Ryan is spoiled for seasonal choice. “We create our dishes around the fantastic…

Haute Cabriere wins Certificate of Excellence

Both Haute Cabriere and Haute Cabriere Restaurant have once again been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2014. “As a team, we continuously strive to improve our offering, and to create a memorable experience for our guests. Receiving honest feedback from our visitors is an important element in the process and we are glad to…

Soon to be released: Haute Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir 2014

Since the maiden vintage of this revolutionary wine was launched in 2011, the Haute Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir has gained an immense following in the market. The brand-new 2014 vintage is about to be released and pre-orders can be placed at Haute Cabriere’s Tasting Room via hospitality@cabriere.co.za

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The Story of the Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir

The year 1994 saw South Africans emerge into freedom; a year for celebrating pioneers who had defied convention. It was then too, 20 years ago, that Haute Cabrière estate’s cellarmaster Achim von Arnim became an accidental pioneer. Here in the vineyards of Franschhoek, nature guided him towards the magical blend of Chardonnay Pinot Noir, giving…

Valentines Menu

That ‘somewhere special’ to take your loved one, R650 per person. Booking essential. Email restaurant@cabriere.co.za or 021 876 3688

The Festive Season at Haute Cabrière

Christmas Lunch at Haute Cabrière: 25 December Download our Christmas Lunch Menu New Years at Haute Cabrière Make the last evening of 2011 a special one… Enjoy and relax in the festive setting of Haute Cabrière Restaurant, with our exquisite a la carte menu, which offers seasonal flavours and enticing wine pairings. Bookings For bookings…

Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant opens for Franschhoek Uncorked

After an extensive refurbishment, including the addition of more tables outside, featuring breathtaking valley views, Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant will be ready to welcome the season’s first clients on 1 September 2011. Guests can expect a crisp new look, including new furnishings and tableware, a terrace for alfresco lunches and a new chef to kick…

Haute Cabriere Restaurant to Re-open in September

Contrary to the news published by the Saturday edition of the Weekend Argus, Haute Cabriere Restaurant has NOT closed down at all. The opposite is true: We are revamping the interiors, and will be re-opening in September with a new Chef and under our own management.

Spoil Your Mom with a Bottle of Pierre Jourdan this Mother’s Day!

Winter is slowly settling in; days are becoming shorter and the air is growing colder, and we are more inclined to stay indoors. These days bring the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax with some of Haute Cabriere’s exquisite range of wines and range of Pierre Jourdan Methode Cap Classique. A bottle of Pierre…

Easter Specials at Haute Cabriére Cellar Restaurant

Lunch & Dinner Friday, 22nd April to Friday 29th April Trio of Salmon ~ Seared lightly smoked salmon trout on a bed of apple & celeriac remoulade Smoked salmon rosette on a herb potato rosti with yoghurt & chive crème fraiche Fresh salmon tartar R120 Marinated grilled porcini mushrooms with toasted brioche with a herb…

Haute Cabriere Celebrates this Easter with Bubbles of Joy

Steeped in family tradition and rich history, Haute Cabriere invites you to celebrate this Easter with family, friends and Haute Cabrière’s range of Methode Cap Classique, named Pierre Jourdan. “We believe in creating experiences rather than just wine – joyful memories, good times with special friends and, of course, great marriages of food and wine,”…

Pierre Jourdan Valentine’s Cocktail

How about trying a new cocktail this Valentine’s Day? This recipe promises to be a winner:

Drop a cube of sugar into a Champagne flute
Soak the cube with 2 drops of Angostura Bitters
Pour 1 tot of Fine de Jourdan (100% Chardonnay Potstill Brandy) over it
Fill up the glass with well chilled Pierre Jourdan Brut ( a cuvee of 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir)
Drop in a Marachino Cherry
Garnish with a thin twist of lemon
Sit back, relax, say cheers and feel the love…

Haute Cabriere Educational Centre in Full Swing

After much preparation and investigation, the Haute Cabriere Education Centre opened its doors on 1 October. Ismi van Niekerk, a qualified junior primary school teacher with a Masters in Educational Psychology has been appointed to run both crèche and aftercare facility in consultation with The Anna Foundation. This locally-based foundation is the brainchild of Anna Brom and their mission is to assist disadvantaged communities by providing academic, social and environmental support. Their philosophy focuses on the 3 R’s: Reading, Running and Right-ing.

Franschhoek Uncorked – The Tumbling Strawberry and Bubbly by the Glass

Experience the magic of The Tumbling Strawberry at Franschhoek Uncorked this weekend! CC attribution itsray on Flickr Enjoy a glass of Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose with a ripe strawberry tumbling in the bubbles for R20 per glass. Or sip away on a glass of Pierre Jourdan Brut, Pierre Jourdan Brut Sauvage and Pierre Jourdan Blanc de…

Takuan in Belgium

This week Takuan is in Belgium visiting Zoë and Koen. While he is there they will be hosting a dinner to promote our wines. This intimate dinner will give our Belgian wine lovers an opportunity to connect with our cellar master (Takuan) around a table full of delicious food designed to complement, and enhance, the flavours of…

Cabriere at Ardeonaig Hotel

Takuan is on holiday but he has found time to fit in a few Cabriere related activites. He has hosted two dinners, with our wines, at the Ardeonaig Hotel in Scotland. The hotel is owned by a South African – Pete Gottgens – who now resides in Scotland. Pete is an exceptional chef, he started…

Winner of the Haute Cabriere Facebook Fan Page

We are delighted to announce that the June/July 2010 winner of Haute Cabrière, Pierre Jourdan and me case of Pierre Jourdan is Jolien De Keulenaer.  Congratulations! If you think you have what it takes to win a case of Pierre Jourdan this August please add it to the Haute Cabrière, Pierre Jourdan and me Facebook…

Franschhoek Bastille 2010 Feedback

I think that my brother Tamo, our Cape Town Haute Cabriere ambassador, summed-up this past Bastille festival best … ”it was wild, it was fun and it was the most celebratory Franschhoek Bastille Festival ever! There were moments when I felt as if I was back in France in Springtime. Add to that the feeling…

Franschhoek Bastille Festival

Head out to Franschhoek this weekend and join us at the 2010 Bastille Festival. The weather is going to be fantastic so you have absolutely NO excuse! CC attribution Franschhoek Wine Valley on Flickr

Haute Cabriére Tasting Room Magic …

We’ve had quite a few international visitors in the Haute Cabriére Tasting Room lately. They are all out to support their respective football teams but in between the matches a number of them have come out to the winelands to taste what we, as a wine producing country, have to offer. We work really hard…

What to do this public holiday?

Well there is snow on the mountains surrounding Franschhoek, excellent Franschhoek wine and Cap Classique tasting in the Haute Cabriere Tasting Room and delicious food being prepared by the Haute Cabriere Restaurant. We suggest you head out to Franschhoek and make a day of it. We’ll see you tomorrow!

Snow on the Franschhoek Mountains

There is the most beautiful snow covering the mountains surrouding Franschhoek! Apparently the maximum temperature we’re likely to see today is 11 degrees. Which is significantly warmer than yesterday when we experienced a maximum temperature of 8 degrees! – This is excellent weather for our sleeping vines and, I suppose, if you have crackling fire…

Cabriere Update

Yes, yes, yes … I know I’ve been quiet but things have been busy! Blending wine and preparing for World Cup takes a lot out of a person. Considering that things have been so quiet I think that a brief update is a good way to get the ball rolling again. The Pierre Jourdan Belle…

Haute Cabriere Restaurant Special

We’re running a delicious restaurant special at the moment: Enjoy a two course meal for only R120 per person and three course meal for only R150 per person. This special is available Monday – Friday and it runs until the 12th of June 2010. We look forward to seeing you!

Winner of the April 2010 Haute Cabriere Facebook Fan Page Competition

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the April 2010 Haute Cabrière, Pierre Jourdan and me case of Pierre Jourdan Brut is none other than Joletta Luise Els. Please send your physical address to marketing@cabriere.co.za so we can deliver your case of Pierre Jourdan Brut. Everyone at Cabriere absolutely loved Michele Reynolds entries…

2010 Wine Update

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you about the wines. So here is the update: The Chardonnay / Pinot Noir Blend looks good as does the Pierre Jourdan Brut. The Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose will be bottled in just less than two weeks. I’ll let you know how that goes in another blog post….

European Visit

As you probably know I was recently in Europe. I attended the 2010 Prowein and I also spent some time visiting key distributors and stockist of our wines and cap classiques. It was an incredible trip for two reasons: The demand for our wine internationally is growing steadily. We produce some unique and delicious wines…

Mother’s Day 2010 News Flash

If you’re heading out to join us for lunch on Mother’s Day (tomorrow) you’re in luck because we will be offering a glass of or Pierre Jourdan Tranquille to all ladies on Mother’s day. Fantastic! We will also be giving a red rose to anyone who buys a bottle of Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose this…

Mother’s Day 2010 in Franschhoek

Sunday – the 9th of May 2010 – is Mother’s Day and you’d better not forget it! Lets face it Mums are important, they’re like superheroes without the spandex, and they deserve at least one day a year dedicated to them. It’s important that Mother’s Day is not a last minute thing, there needs to…

A Beautiful Public Holiday in Franschhoek

We hope you’re all enjoying this glorious public holiday? Franschhoek, at this time of year, is simply breathtaking! It definitely feels like a Pierre Jourdan kind of day … definitely a bottle over a glass day. Yup if you’re visiting us today we hope you brought along that designated driver. If not you could always…

Haute Cabriere at Prowein 2010

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind overseas trip. It was long, it was busy, it was great! On this adventure I officially introduced the German market, at Prowein 2010, to the Pierre Jourdan Tranquille. I am happy to report that it was a huge success. In fact Pierre Jourdan Tranquille is proving very successful in…

April 2010 Cabriere Facebook Fan Page Competition

We hope you had an excellent Easter weekend full of chocolate and Pierre Jourdan! We had a wonderful time (and yes there was Pierre Jourdan involved). It’s the beginning of April 2010 and you know what that means … it means it’s time for the April photo competition on our Facebook fan page. If you…

Happy Easter 2010

We hope that you, your family and your friends have a very happy Easter! If you’re going away for the long weekend please travel safely. If you’re running the Two Oceans good luck and if you’re heading out to Franschhoek remember to pop in for some wine tasting, a spot of lunch or a relaxed…

2010 Haute Cabirere Pinot Noir Grape Quality is Excellent

Just a brief note, because I’m still traveling, to let you all know that the quality of our 2010 Pinot Noir grapes was excellent. So good, in fact, that I can’t get them out of my mind. You know you’re obsessed when you dream about the grapes you harvested over a month ago.

Haute Cabriere In Europe

Takuan has only recently finished the 2010 Haute Cabriere Harvest and nows he’s jetting around Europe. He’s presently at the ProWein International Trade Fair Wines and Spirits Show to launch the Pierre Jourdan Tranquille into the German market. In the last 18 months the Pierre Jourdan Tranquille has exploded locally. The demand of this delicious,…

Lunch in the Winelands over Argus Weekend

We’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of cyclists on the road in the last week. It must be all those people getting in some last minute 2010 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour training. It’s going to be a very busy weekend in Cape Town and the surrounding winelands. _ If you’re…

First Winner of the Cabriere Photo Competition

The first month of Cabriere photo competition is complete and we have a winner. Envelope please. The winner of the February 2010 Haute Cabriere, Pierre Jourdan and Me Facebook fan page photo competition is … the suspense must be killing you … Ok, enough with the fun and games, the winner is … Jonathan Wright….

One more week until a February winner is selected

Only one week left until we select our first Pierre Jourdan, Haute Cabrière and Me winner. If you still haven’t entered head on over to our Facebook fan page and upload your photo of your Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique or Haute Cabrière Wine moment, the one with the most comments and likes wins our February…

Cabrière and Florent from France

At the moment we have Florent (nickname Flo) from France assisting us in the Haute Cabrière Champagne Cellar. – Flo studied at the oenological college in Reims and has worked in cellars both in Champagne and Burgundy. This makes him ideally suited for Cabrière. Florent comes from Champagne in France and he has worked under…

Cabriere on Simon and Baker Travel Review

There is a very nice video of the Cabriére Sabrage on the Simon and Baker Travel Review site. You’ll see that in this video the person in charge of this specific display of sabrage is non other that Hildegard von Arnim (Takuan’s mother). So if you’d like to see how Sabrage is really done, and…

Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir

Valentine’s Day may be over (we hope you enjoyed your Belle Rose and Belgium Chocolate) but that doesn’t mean that you should stop showing your significant other that you care. One day, out of 364, just isn’t enough! Over a lovely lunch with Takuan, where we explored the new menu items at our Franschhoek Restaurant…

Tony Jackman gets Naked with Achim

Occasionally [read: very rarely] other people have something valuable to contribute to the conversation. Today that person is Tony Jackman – it’s obviously no coincidence that he’s talking about me, a conversation about that is always worthwhile. If you want to read his excellent (and no I’m not biased entirely biased) post just click here….

Ready for 2009

Yes I’m back and, might I add, more consistently than ever. Last year I needed to find my blogging feet. God that sounds terrible, like some kind of horrendous infection. Something you’d need to visit a doctor to cure. Perhaps it’s a good thing I didn’t manage to find the blogging feet? This year I…

Christmas Time

I’ve always found Christmas to be unnecessarily stressful. Constantly bombardment from all angles: the media, the shops and of course family. It really is enough to drive any reasonably together person completely insane. This holiday, however, I’m practicing the new and greatly improved Stress Free Xmas. Every time I feel any of that ghastly stress…

The Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blanc Tasting Session

Following directly on from the Pierre Jourdan Brut Tasting Session is the Blanc de Blanc Session. We did this all in one morning. By the time we were finished, thanks to Achim’s brilliant, but completely DEADLY, no spit policy we needed help finding our way out of the cellar. What a morning, what a tasting…

Virtual Wine Tastings

We know that a number of you can’t make it out to the winelands for the Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, even though you’d like to work simply won’t play along. Instead of missing out on all the fun you could dash out, buy a bottle of Pierre Jourdan and do an online tasting with…

Tasting

Hold onto your knickers. Coming soon, this Monday soon, is a series of video tastings with yours truly. I’m not doing the video editing because, well, I don’t do video editing I make wine. Those that can and do edit video have promised to get it done before the end of the weekend. You are…

Summer Pfft

We promise that the weather at the Franschhoek Champagne and Cap Classique Festival will definitely be better than this twoddle. We’ve put in a good word with the powers that be and, after some tough negotiating (it cost us a case of Belle Rose [6 not 12]), we arrived at meeting of the minds. So…

Win the Greatest Prize Ever!

This month is all about Cap Classique. As we mentioned in our previous post we’re going to help you warm up for, what promises to be, the very best Franschhoek Festival in the 2008 Festival Calendar. It’s going to be wonderful pheno spectacular SPECTACULAR. Well at least it’s going to be SPECTACULAR for the one,…

November: The Month of Bubbly

This month there’s a lot to look forward to. For starters we’re one month closer to December and some much needed down-time. Then, of course, there’s also the sunshine. After months and months and months of grey skies, and a general mud island kind of vibe, we’ve moved on to more traditional summer weather. Oh…

Is Growth Necessary?

One question, that we in the wine industry, are often faced with is should we grow are output? And if so by how much? If we grow by too much we lose our personal touch. The wine becomes mass produced and I, personally believe, that you can taste the lack of magic and culture. Wine…

The Interview: Side Thoughts about Achim

Within the first few weeks of meeting Achim my understanding and belief of what wine is has, for lack of a better word, evolved. I suppose I used to believe it was about the land, the team, the caring for the vines, the winemaking process and (always) a bit of luck. Achim makes it seem…

Trusting a Wine Farmer

Should you trust a wine farmer that doesn’t drink his/her own wine? I mean they make it so surely they should drink it. But how many actually do that? How many actually love what they produce? Next time you visit a farm and discover that the guy making the wine, or the guy who owns…

Wine is an Expression of the Region

Wine is supposed to be an expression of the area it comes from. You should, when visiting a particular wine area, be able to taste its culture. Ideally wine should enable visitors and residents to tour the region through their sense of smell, their tastebuds and their imaginations. Wine is not, as some would have…

The Interview 3: Tasting a life-time of wine in an evening

My inadequate response doesn’t seem to deter Achim from continuing with our conversation. I feel relieved and I find myself hoping that when the next opportunity to contribute arises I’ll have more than a skinny “oh” to add. He’s started talking about his time in Germany. More specifically about the evening he and his wife,…

We’re a Favourite

It seems that the duo who write the Friday Blogumn (a blog column) at The Times list our wine as their SA favourite. It’s always so pleasant when you stumble across individuals with impecible taste.

Fake Restaurant wins Award

In a world where are awards are considered the ultimate ‘prize’ it’s so pleasant to stumble across something like this. It seems that Ronald Goldstein, in conducting research for this latest academic paper, has caused a bit of a stink in the wine awards world. Nothing like setting up a fake restaurant, with a  fake…

The Interview 2: Why wine?

After I’d posed the question I’d been longing to ask Achim smiles, he sits back, tilts his head to look at an old black and white family photograph. He’s gone for a few seconds, no longer in the room with me. He’s walking through his own memories. Perhaps searching for all the information needed to…

The Interview 1: Behind Achim’s front door

I find the front door. I knock and wait while the mist swims around me. I hear the handle turn and the door swings open. Achim von Arnim looks at me quizzically and I worry, for a minute, that he’s forgotten who I am. I’m embarrassed. Am I that forgettable? I mention that “I’m here…

The Wine Circus

24 hours used to seem like more than enough. Lately I feel like it’s not. All these festivals, auctions, events and the like leave less time for, well for making the wine. The wine industry now has more people involved than ever before. Which is good thing, right? Yes and no. Increased awareness, greater interest,…