Franschhoek & Rickety Bridge, by Gerald and Marc Hoberman
The people of Franschhoek are exceptional. They are passionate about their town and its natural beauty, and they are proud of their traditions and world-renowned viticulture. It was a great privilege to have met so many of the townsfolk. Without exception, they welcomed Gerald and Marc Hoberman into their world with enthusiasm and charm. This publication, "Franschhoek & Rickety Bridge", would not have been possible without their support.
Franschhoek with its awesome mountain scenery and undulating vineyards is magnificent. This sun-drenched valley on the renowned Cape wine route near Cape Town is significant among the grape-growing regions of the world. Favourable terroirs, carefully chosen cultivars, a unique microclimate and a vilicultural tradition that dates hack to 1694- when the Huguenots planted the first vines in the valley - combine to produce a diverse range of fine wines. From crisp, straw-coloured whites and honey-coloured dessert wines to burgundy and plum-coloured reds, Franschhoek's wines are celebrated by enthusiasts and connoisseurs around the world. Visiting the Franschhoek Valley is an indelible experience. Majestic mountains, often of a purplish hue, sometimes with snowcapped peaks in winter, provide a stunning backdrop to the neat rows of freshly ploughed earth and vines which dazzle with their russet colours in autumn. Occasionally, roses bloom at the edges of vineyards. Thatched Cape Dutch homesteads and wine cellars with elegant gables and thick, whitewashed walls punctuate the landscape. On these estates, wine is laid to rest in French oak ban-els, and in the unhurried silence of cool, dark maturation cellars, alchemy takes its course. Franschhoek, literally translated as French Corner', is often described as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa. Here, excellence is the touchstone. From hallowed haute cuisine restaurants to the bonhomie of bistros, fine French fare and wines of the region are consumed with delight by discerning international visitors and locals alike. Warm and friendly Cape hospitality and infinite wine-tasting opportunities are the order of the day. A visit to Rickety Bridge Winery, the world-renowned boutique winemakers of distinction, is an experience not to be missed. Franschhoek is also the source of crystal clear spring water, which is bottled in the area, as well as excellent honey. Charming country inns, guesthouses and auberges abound in and around this vibrant valley of some 7,000 inhabitants. An and craft shops of a high order are a browser's delight. The Huguenot Monument and Memorial Museum provide a fascinating insight into the history of the valley. Anyone for a game of boules, a baguette and a glass of local bubbly? This valley of the Huguenots is a 'must see' for any visitor to South Africa. Ask anyone who's been there! Franschboek has. over the past fifteen years, become known as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa. This in no small way has been supported by the rapid increase in quality wines being produced in the Franschboek Valley. It is an honour for me to acknowledge the production of a book commissioned by Duncan Spence. owner of the winery. Rickety Bridge. He has recognised that the farm, with its well-restored Cape Dutch homestead, provides a wonderful example of an estate in the Cape Wiuelands of South Africa. This book showcases the exquisite beauty of Franschboek and its surroundings, and includes all that has made it so popular with both visitors and investors. We are proud to have achieved an environment that complements the natural splendour we have been blessed with and are delighted to have had Gerald and Marc Hoberman help us present it to the world so creatively. The people of Franschboek enjoyed the time they spent in assisting them to highlight the special attributes of the valley.
This is an excerpt from the book: Franschhoek & Rickety Bridge, by Gerald and Marc Hoberman.
Title: Franschhoek & Rickety Bridge
Subtitle: A place of extraordinary beauty, food and wine
Author: Gerald Hoberman; Marc Hoberman
Genre: Photobook, coffee-table book
Publisher: Gerald & Marc Hoberman Collection
Cape Town, South Africa 2003
ISBN 0972982213 / ISBN 0-9729822-1-3
ISBN 9780972982214 / ISBN 978-0-9729822-1-4
Hardcover, 29 x 23 cm, 62 pages, 115 colour photographs, colour maps
Hoberman, Gerald und Hoberman, Marc im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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