I have visited Allée Bleue once before when we were doing the Franschhoek Wine Tram Purple Line tour and I immediately knew that I wanted to return to this beautiful wine estate. The opportunity arose last week when I was invited to a preview of the Allée Bleue May Day Meander event taking place on 1 May. A moody grey skied day accompanied by a light drizzle was a welcome break from the scorching hot Cape Winelands summer weather and the perfect conditions for a farm walk.
We started the morning with a glass of bubbly (breakfast of champions!) then set out on the Allée Bleue May Day Meander. First stop was the cellar where we were welcomed by Chef Gordon Dovey and the first pairing – herb pesto and onion marmalade and freshly baked bread paired with the Allée Bleue Starlette Blanc, a Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc blend. The farm walk continued to four other stops around the estate, all enjoyed with delicious wine pairings.
The Allée Bleue May Day Meander enables visitors to explore the lesser-visited areas of the estate with a leisurely hour-long walk. There’s so much more to this stunning estate than award-winning wines! Allée Bleue is one of the biggest suppliers of fruit and herbs to supermarkets. They also produce exceptional mission olives and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. On the 1st May 2019, the May Day Meander will give the public the opportunity to learn more about its wine and fruit production as well as the herbs and olives grown on the estate.
The day kicks off at 10:00 at the tasting room where guests will enjoy a welcome drink and receive a map ahead of the farm walk. After the walk you can either indulge in lunch at the tasting room or a picnic on the lush green lawns of the estate. The May Day Meander costs between R175 and R335 per adult, depending on the lunch option chosen, and R105 per child. The theme for this year’s Allée Bleue May Day Meander is red and visitors are encouraged to dress casual with a touch of red. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed of the day!
Bookings are essential and close 48 hours prior to the event.
**I was invited to experience a preview of the Allée Bleue May Day Meander. Images supplied by Manley Communications. As always, all views are my own, unbiased and completely honest.