Posted on May 7, 2013 by Admin
This week The Pretty Blog has created a simply gorgeous Italian-inspired wedding theme that we can't get enough of! The look is ideal for Autumn, with a rustic festa ambience featuring burnt orange and plum flowers matched with dusty blooms and natural elements.
Visit The Pretty Blog to view more stunning photos.
Posted on April 23, 2013 by Admin
The Filly’s will be hosting the annual fund raiser on Friday 3 May at the Val de Vie Estate and the event promises some fantastic live entertainment! Kurt Darren will sing some of his popular hits and there will also be a Blues Jazz Band, Burlesque dancers and a solo artist.
It's an evening that's definitely not to missed, with a glamorous Harlem Nights theme. Be sure to book your tickets on our website.
Tickets cost R 250.00 p/p or R 500.00 p/p for drinks package.
Package one: R250.00 p/p includes a welcome drink, R200 “funny money”, bowl food tables, entertainment and a ticket to one of the lucky draws. BUY TICKETS NOW
Package Two: R500.00 p/p includes all as per package one, R250.00 drinks vouchers and a free bottle of wine. BUY TICKETS NOW
Posted on February 27, 2013 by Admin
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 was held on Saturday 23 February and it's been making headlines across the media. Check out Sport24's take on the event, as well as their fabulous image gallery that showcases the glamour of the day. As they put it, the occasion "proved, once again, to be one of the most sophisticated and elegant events on the South African social calendar." We couldn't agree more!
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Admin
We are delighted that Lee and Garth's Val de Vie wedding was recently featured on SouthBound Bride wedding blog. The special day was a true celebration of their love and our beautiful estate formed the perfect backdrop to the occasion. As Lee puts it,
"My husband and I drove around Cape Town for many weekends before we found the perfect venue. One afternoon we came across the Val de Vie Polo Estate and fell in love with it. Garth and I wanted a sophisticated venue that would deliver a spectacular wedding. Val de Vie is fantastic, equipped with modern equipment and features, beautiful landscapes, and a professional, organised team."
SouthBound Bride (formerly known as Cap Classique) is an established South African wedding blog, featuring real weddings from all over the country, comprehensive supplier lists, and plenty of inspiration for brides and grooms getting married in SA. They have twice been named part of the Bridetide list of the top 100 wedding blogs internationally.
Posted on August 13, 2012 by Iza de Lange
Val de Vie Private Room is an on and off-site coordination service that promises you a boutique event experience. With our expertise, we can coordinate anything from baby showers and birthdays to kitchen teas and cocktail parties, all in the privacy of your home or your chosen venue.
We recently coordinated Marlene's 30th birthday celebration, which was hosted at her house and attended by 30 guests. It was really great working with such a lovely client and we thoroughly enjoyed the planning process. The decor was beautifully put together by Nico, while the Polo Club Restaurant created a feast of flavours. The talented Marlene baked the birthday cake herself and it was truly delicious, with a chocolate mousse heart in the middle.
Photos by Inecke Photography
By Iza de Lange, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator
Posted on August 6, 2012 by Admin
Carrol Boyes is one of the sponsors of our upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo event in October, and we love the beauty and creativity behind her work. Carrol creates all her sculptures from drawings that she has accumulated in her archive of sketchbooks. For many years these drawings have been her personal works of reference attesting to her passion for the human body.
On a recent inspirational trip to Paris her step daughters Kim and Martine prevailed upon her to make these remarkable sketches public. So it was there at a small cafe that the idea to translate these personal images into a series of functional pieces was born. Endless hours were spent going through the books, some dating back 30 years.
Images straight from Carrol’s sketchbooks decorate a clean white backdrop of collectable porcelain. Use them for fine dining or display as bespoke, newly revealed works of art.
Posted on June 13, 2012 by Admin
Posted on June 12, 2012 by Admin
We are very proud that two Val de Vie homes won Gold Medals in the SALI (South African Landscape Institute) Awards of Excellence. Designed by Prohort Master Landscapers, the gardens meet the high standards of workmanship, plants and materials set by the competition.
The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) was formed in 1984 by a group of progressive landscapers who saw the potential of the landscape industry in South Africa. They believed that the true potential could only be realised if landscape contractors showed unity, produced excellent work and projected a professional image.
Posted on June 11, 2012 by Admin
Winter has descended on the winelands and it's the perfect time to enjoy generous meals and fine wines. Our winemaker, Harold Versfeld, presents you with a mouthwatering recipe for Springbok Shank paired with the Val de Vie Shiraz 2008. Bon appetit!
"As the days get shorter, the nights get longer and frost appears on the grass when leave your house in the morning, one thing is clear: it is definitely not summer anymore. Which is perfect! I love summer, but winter is equally enjoyable. After all, it is the intimate season. And with that I refer to staying indoors, lighting up the fire place, snuggling on the couch and enjoying pancakes, hearty food, and of course, red wine.
From a wine perspective, winter is really important for the vines because they go into hibernation. This allows them to accumulate vital reserves and minerals for the growing season. It also fills up our underwater supplies, which is crucial to ripen our grapes in the hot summer months.
One of the most enjoyable things in winter (apart from Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup Rugby, Currie Cup Rugby, Test Rugby and Tri-Nations Rugby) has to be hunting. And if you are a tree hugger, please don’t judge, stone or crucify me. I will send you the meat from an animal that committed suicide, so that you know it had an “organic” death.
Game meat is always a culinary delight! From making “skilpadjies” in the field, to the biltong, chilli bites, droee wors and then of course, the odd shank and leg of venison. Because venison is significantly lower in fat compared to lamb or beef, I recommend cooking the meat in a moist cooking environment, or else it could dry out.
Now, there are two different approaches to pairing food and wine. One involves contrasting rich dishes with wines that have an acidity that cuts through the heaviness, and vice versa. The other approach suggests that neither the wine nor the food should overpower each other; they should be equal in freshness and weight. Seeing as it is winter, my choice of wine is always going to be red. The recipe I chose is an old Karoo favourite and the wine that I paired it with suits the meal spectacularly well. Venison is not fatty, so not a lot of acid is needed. The cream that is added accentuates the texture of the wine perfectly.
Val de Vie Shiraz 2008: this wine evolves in the glass, from initial mocha and chocolate flavours to big opulent red fruits, to a roasted, smoky, spicy and meaty profile. Textures are balanced between tannin and acid, with a smooth and elegant finish that lingers for long on the tongue."
Recipe: Springbok Shank
1.5kg Springbok shank, cut into 50 mm pieces (this is so that the marrow can cook out of the bone and add flavour to the meat)
5-6 Shards of fatty bacon, chopped
1 Spanish onion, chopped
2 Garlic cloves, bruised
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
350 ml good quality venison stock
1 teaspoon Paprika, smoked
250 ml Crème Fraiche
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
Pomegranate Arils, fresh
Fry bacon in a thick base skillet, and remove when browned. Add shanks to the same skillet and sear, remove when done. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add bacon and shanks back to onions, and also add lemon juice, zest, paprika, salt and pepper, venison stock, and bouquet garni. Cover skillet and cook in pre-heated oven at 160 0 C for 5-6 hours. The dish is cooked when the meat falls from the bone. Stir in crème fraiche. Cover with pomegranate arils and fresh coriander. Serve with brown rice, or fluffy mash.
Tis the season to get fat, so go out, buy the ingredients, and start cooking. No food is better than slow food!
“Food and Wine: you decide – which is the soloist and which is the accompanist” – Michael Broadbent
Photograph sourced from ZAphoto
Posted on May 25, 2012 by Admin
We are thrilled to announce a wonderful new offering from Val de Vie! Couples who book our wedding venue will now receive an AnnaH voucher from Val de Vie Events. This voucher includes an hour long consultation with Anneke, a talented wedding stylist and consultant. With her brilliant understanding of how to conceptualise an event, Anneke helps brides to incorporate their own style into their wedding's look and feel. She will also create a beautiful moodboard that captures the unique style of your wedding.
Visit her website to find out more about her work.
Posted on January 13, 2012 by Admin
Val de Vie will be hosting an International Equestrian Saddle Horse Competition that will involve the SA Protea Team playing against the World Team.
Friday 20 Jan, 14:00
Sunday 22 Jan, 10:00
This exciting event is open to public and light snacks will be available for sale. For more information please email Amanda at email@example.com
Posted on November 29, 2011 by Admin
Carla and Grant recently tied the knot on Saturday 26 Nov 2011 at Val de Vie, and we really enjoyed working with this lovely couple.
We were equally thrilled to read Grant's feedback on their special day: "Thank you guys for everything, really you guys are amazing." We think you are an amazing couple and it's wondferful to see two people who are so in love.
Photograp by Greg Lumley
Posted on October 4, 2011 by Admin
Polo is not only famous for being an exciting and intriguing sport - it's also associated with elegant fashion and crisp, elegant styling. Ready to pull off the polo look with aplomb? Here are some fashion tips from Cameron Silver, owner of DECADES vintage boutiques.
Polo style tips for Women:
• Wear a hat and wear it proud. The bigger the better.
• Shoes need to be sensible and stylish. Go for a wedge and avoid a stiletto heel and avoid sinking into the lawn.
• Prints are your new best friend. A floral tea dress paired with a cashmere cardigan creates a great sophisticated, retro look that's very Polo-esque.
• Dress the part: Throw on a pair of jodhpurs into your riding boots with a crisp polo shirt. Don't be surprised if you end up on a horse, however!
• This isn't a night club - leave the all-black wardrobe for the after-party!
Polo style tips for Men:
• Ask yourself, "What would Cary Grant wear?" Buy a grown up suit and dress to impress.
• Step out of the box and add some color to your wardrobe. An Etro print tie or pocket square with a colorful shirt exudes a bit of English-inspired eccentrics.
• It’s polo after all: When all else fails, a fresh pique polo shirt, slim flat front khakis, a cashmere pullover, and a gold Rolex will work wonders. Top it off with a fedora and aviators for a sense of mystery.
Posted on May 9, 2011 by Admin
Val de Vie is delighted that Black Bass have been spotted in the Berg River! In keeping with our efforts to encourage biodiversity, the Black Bass are an indication of how the estate is becoming an eco-haven in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.
Posted on April 13, 2011 by tehri
Val De Vie Red: Rolf Thielen, George Mumba, Gavin Kanigowski, Tessa Moxon
Val De Vie Blue: Jessica Henrich, Karen Lewis, Kevin Rixon, Gavin Watson
Referee: Roy Rixon
Posted on April 7, 2011 by jean
Val de Vie, Seeff would like to welcome Jean - Pierre Hagen to the Seeff family. Based at our Val de Vie office in Paarl, Jean will be managing all social networks and DTP work for the Seeff Boland group; adding to the expansion of the diverse strategies used for marketing by the group. Ultimately creating new concepts and adding to the wheel that has been the drive behind the company’s accomplishments in the social media sector.
Striving for simplicity of values and function in creativity. Jean values and pushes for truthfulness, personality and substance in design. Through the years he has catered to various upmarket brands and delivered outstanding results at the highest expectations. Keeping in touch with all the latest evolution within marketing and design trends, assuring each individual sustains its status and competitive advantage. As this is his passion there is no apprehension that he would be the first to be informed of any market trends that will enhance and assure Seeff to stay on top in its marketing conquest, and remain one of the industry leaders. Jean has a diverse expertise in media an all mediums of design and continues to stay passionate when delivering his projects.
Jean has worked as a dedicated designer for 6 years, designing for the commercial and corporate sectors, always keeping a well-balanced infrastructure with multiple projects. Having local and international clientele, the transformation to a truly creative world has been opened. Within those six years Jean had been managing a well-established design studio, taking clients from consulting through to the delivery of their concepts with great expectations. He will be utilizing all these talents and mediums and channelling it into the Seeff brand with ample amount of creativity and brand management.
Please feel to pay him a visit at the Val de Vie sales office; where he meets and greets the Val de Vie sales clients and assists with the administration of its office as well – including the making of an excellent cup of coffee!
Posted on March 22, 2011 by Admin
Posted on March 9, 2011 by tehri
The Val de Vie Cape Town Cup was recently hosted in the elegant surroundings of the Val de Vie Estate utilising the estate’s world-class polo fields and luxurious club house facilities.
The line up for the 6-Goal tournament saw a number of international players from Argentina, Holland, Italy, Germany, Zimbabwe, the UK, India, and South Africa competing, bringing an exciting flavour to the matches, lunches and the prize giving Val de Vie Polo Club Captain Rolf Thielen said that he was particularly pleased with how well the tournament was received and how much support there had been for the tournament had been throughout.
This is the third time the Cape Town Cup has been hosted at Val de Vie. Western Cape Polo Chairman Pawel Kanigowski originally conceived the cup in 2007 and with the support of the clubs in Cape Town and Boland areas it has now become and exciting annual fixture. The format of the tournament was a round robin over three days with a subsidiary final and a final on day 4. The four teams, Lanquedoc, Maremmana – Central Academy, Cape Town Polo Club and Val de Vie were in fierce competition from day one.
Val de Vie walked away as the winners of the trophy but it was a hard fought competition. The Lanquedoc team of Martin Hartmann took second place. Best Playing Pony went to Cold Steel, owned by Tom de Bruin, who also took the coveted Most Valued Player award.
Val de Vie Polo Club President Allesandro Balestri de Verrand thanked SAPA Executive Director Clive Peddle, the visiting and local patrons as well Martin Venter (Chairman of the Val de Vie Group) and sponsor of POLO SA magazine. Alessandro mentioned that without the support of patrons such as Pawel Kanigowski, Peter Stuart, Martin Hartmann and Ankur Mishra polo in the Cape would not have been able to grow as quickly and successfully as it has.
The Cape Town Cup is set to grow to an 8 team two week event over the next few years and the interest and excitement has left us all with bated breath for next years gala performance.
We also look forward to seeing you join us for another exciting polo event coming soon. The Veuve Clicquot Masters is to be held at Val de Vie for the first time this year on Sunday 17th April and is set to become the jewel of the South African Polo Season, expect a sophisticated day amongst South Africa’s socialites, VIPs and celebrities, so get your designer dresses ready!
Two ticket types are available for purchase through Computicket – The Polo Club at R350, which includes a bottle of wine and a light lunch on arrival and The Masters VIP Lounge at R950, which includes an array of delicious foods, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a selection of Val de Vie's award winning wines.
Tickets available at: Computicket: http://www.computicket.com/web/event/the_veuve_clicquot_masters/323640746/0/24774328
For more information: www.valdevie.co.za
The Val de Vie Team
Posted on March 8, 2011 by Harold
Harvest the last grapes for the season. The Cinsaut is the last to come of the vine, as it is in one of the cooler areas in SA - Darling. The high day temperatures increase flavours, with the cold nights preserving the fruit. This should be good crush!
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Posted on February 28, 2011 by tehri
The Val De Vie Cape Town Cup will be held at the Val De Vie Estate this week. We have some of South Africas top players joining us for the 6 goal tournament.
The days and times are as follows:
Wednesday: 02 March 2011
Cape Town Polo Club vs. Val De Vie Polo Club at 4pm
Lanquedoc vs. Maremmana at 5h30pm
Thursday: 03 March 2011
Val De Vie Polo Club vs. Maremmana at 2pm
Cape Town Polo Club vs. Lanquedoc at 4pm
Saturday : 05 March 2011
Maremmana vs. Cape Town Polo Club 9am
Val De Vie vs. Lanquedoc 11h30am
Sunday : 06 March 2011
Team 3 vs. Team 4 at 9am
Team 1 vs. Team 2 at 12am
Please note that these times are subject to change due to extreme weather conditions.
Posted on February 15, 2011 by tehri
Tonight at 645pm on Goodhope FM we have an interview with Clive Peddle - you can listen in via streaming on www.goodhopefm.co.za
Posted on February 3, 2011 by tehri
Kevin Rixon has been a Polo Professional for over a decade, playing not only in South Africa but in the UK. Kevin has a wealth of experience and insight to the game and rules of polo in addition to technique, horsemanship and polo tactics. ( aka shot making, polo riding and reading of the game)
Kevin is available for Polo Lessons every Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays. Polo lessons can be booked through the Polo Club Office
Tehri office number :(021) 863 6169
Posted on February 2, 2011 by tehri
Above, left to right, Cantara Ole, Camelia Ole and Conticki
The Val De Vie Stable Yard has welcomed a few exciting additions over the last couple of months. Karen Dormel has recently bought a stunning warm blood Gelding by the name of "Conticki". He is only 4 years old, so Karen has her work cut out for her for the next couple of years. He is showing huge potential and Karen would like to start competing him in the Dressage classes at horse shows. Karen, we wish you all the best with your stunning new horse and hope to keep everyone updated with your progress and achievements.
Isabel Reith, is new member of the Val De Vie family who has moved her two young Warm blood mares in to the yard. Cantara Ole, a 4 year old chestnut mare and Camilia Ole, a 5 year old chestnut mare. They have come to Val De Vie to start their training to become show jumpers. Be sure to also keep an eye on these two mares that are already showing lots of potential. I have also recently bought a new horse. Her name is Lind'Or, she is a 6 year old warm blood mare, also a addition to the show jumping string that we have at Val De Vie.
We are also going to be welcoming the Anderson's to the Val De Vie family. Albert Anderson and his family are also going to be coming to the yard all the way from Johannesburg. They will be bringing their two ponies that jump CA (Children s A grade), and their two young warm bloods.
Posted on February 1, 2011 by tehri
Pictures above from left to right: Umpire and Polo Professional, Kevin Rixon; Charl du Plesis and Rolf Thelen ( Polo Captain) riding each other off!
Bottom row: Charl du Plesis; Deon Einsink
The Val De Vie Polo Club Chukkas are played every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Friends, Family, home owners and polo enthusiasts are always welcome to come and enjoy the thrill of the ponies galloping full speed up and down the polo field.
Posted on January 31, 2011 by tehri
Cape Town - South Africa’s passionate and glamorous polo community will be able to witness one of the world’s most iconic polo nations in action when India tour the country in February as part of the BMW International Polo Series.
On Saturday, February 26, the lush polo fields of the Val de Vie Estate in the magnificent Paarl Franschhoek Valley will host a classic encounter between India and South Africa.
A day of elegance between man and beast will be matched by a host of celebrities and VIPs reveling in the finest Val de Vie wines, gourmet food, and a display of the latest BMW vehicles.
“Polo is an exciting sport, and we are proud to be associated with a sport that so epitomises excellence and with which we have a long and successful relationship with. People marvel at the ability of man and horse to achieve such perfect unity, and BMW shares this drive for creating perfect partnerships in the pursuit of a passion,” said Guy Kilfoil, General Manager: Communications and Public Affairs at BMW South Africa.
India will bring with them a rich legacy in the sport dating back to medieval times, and which has earned the country the status of being the cradle of modern polo.
“The prestige of this particular contest is highlighted by the fact that India rarely tours South Africa, having done so on only a handful of occasions in the past 20 years,” said Clive Peddle, the Executive Director of the South African Polo Association.
“But equally important will be overall enjoyment of a wonderful event. India are a very hospitable nation and the South Africans were treated with five star luxury on their recent trip. We aim to reciprocate by providing the Indian team with a wonderful time matched by exciting polo.”
Now in its third year, the BMW International Polo at Val de Vie has become one of the most keenly anticipated events on the Cape Town social calendar. It is arguably one of the most sleek, glamorous and sought-after tickets in town.
Chile was the first to tour South Africa as part of this series. Last year the series was highlighted by a 14 to 5 goal victory over Italy, watched by the likes of Ryk Neethling, Ard Matthews, Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Vanessa Haywood and a host of other celebrities.
“The BMW International Polo at Val de Vie is an elegant affair where Cape Town’s elite will enjoy an exclusive, elegant and relaxing day of Polo,” said Michelle van Eyden of SAIL, the Executive Promoter of the BMW International Polo at Val de Vie as well as the highly successful L’Ormarins Queens Plate held recently.
“The gates open at 14:00 and tickets are on sale at Web Ticket and at Val de Vie Estate on the day. The cost is only R50 per ticket, excluding food and drink, and we offer a variety of hospitality packages.”
The hospitality packages available from SAIL include the Chukka Club package (www.webticket.co.za) and the Champions Pavilion package (www.sail.co.za).
At R360 per person, guests of the Chukka Club will be granted access to a private area next to the Val de Vie Pavilion, where they can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, and a limited cocktail style menu. The venue makes for an exclusive environment providing a superb view of the match.
For those seeking an even greater level of elegance and sophistication combined with unrivalled networking and socializing, the Champions Pavilion offers all of this at a cost of R1 400 per person, excluding VAT. Here guests will be able to enjoy an Indian style cocktail menu and a complimentary local bar.
From its ancient roots as the chosen sport of the Sultans of India to the polo fields of Val de Vie Estate, this will be a memorable encounter between two great polo nations.
Posted on January 25, 2011 by Rolf
The Val de Vie New Years Polo Tournament took place in Cape Town this week.
The Val de Vie Polo Tournaments are fast growing into a very popular attraction in the Cape Town entertainment scene and the excited crowd enjoyed spectacular polo while sipping champagne on the stoop of the Polo Club restaurant.
The matches were fought out by the four teams over three days with Cape Town Polo Club, ultimately winning the tournament. Congratulations to them.
The Teams were:
- Val de Vie
- Quattro Snaith
- Cape Town Polo Club
- Cape Hunt Polo Club
The Val de Vie Polo Club is now preparing in all earnest for the BMW International in which India will be playing South Africa. An exciting 6-8 Goal tournament is being planned for just after the International.
We hope to see you there!
Posted on January 20, 2011 by Admin
Something Different Lighting and Concepts have created a mood board that sheds some “light” on the topic of lights at your function.
Their mood board is inspired by the hottest looks for 2011 and showcases how glitz and oversized bling remain as big trends, but coupled with an element of fun and excitement, bold shapes, retro colours and a pure sense of freshness.
For any lighting needs at your event, contact Melanie:
mobile: 072 140 3331 office: 0861 266 2378 fax. 021 761 0951
86/88 Princessvlei Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town.
Posted on January 11, 2011 by Rolf
The Val de Vie Polo Club is kicking off the New Year with an exciting Zero Goal Tournament. There are five teams currently which is an oversubscription. What a wonderful problem to have. The Club is really going from strength to strength with new players and horse nearly every week.
Kevin Rixon (our Polo Coach) is also jam packed with lesson and there are 7 new aspiring players about to start their first slow chukkas. How exciting!
Alessandro and Rolf, both recently back from the SA Open are also rearing to get stuck in and win more cups.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries or interest.
the Polo Club
Posted on November 25, 2010 by Admin
We're thrilled that Lizelle and Martin Venter's wedding was voted wedding of the month by online wedding magazine, Wedding Diary! Lizelle also looks radiant on the cover of the publication. Congrats!
Click here to check out the latest issue.
Posted on February 15, 2010 by Admin
Posted on January 18, 2010 by Admin
Val de Vie is thrilled that photographer Jean-Pierre Uys is a winner in Junebug Wedding's Best of 2009 Wedding Photography competition! It's no wonder why his work caught their eye; Jean-Pierre has a rare talent for capturing beautiful moments, subtle gestures and unforgettable memories.
Posted on December 24, 2009 by Admin
Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate wishes you a blessed festive season and a wonderful new year!
Posted on December 7, 2009 by Admin
Concert promoter Big Concerts, the organisers of The Killers concert, which took place on Sunday, 6th December at Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate in Cape Town, have expressed their apologies to patrons who experienced traffic congestion when entering and exiting the venue.
Despite a rigorous planning and risk assessment process conducted by the organisers of the concert and regional traffic authorities, the road network around the venue was unable to handle the sheer volume of traffic congestion, which resulted from the event. This was the first time that the venue had been used to host an event of this size. As a consequence of last night’s concert, the experience gained by the organisers will surely be valuable for future events at Val de Vie and other locations in the area.
Additional traffic officers and parking ushers were called in to assist with the load challenge and everything possible was done to untangle the unfortunate gridlock.
It appears from reports that most ticket holders made it in time to see the Killers performance, despite the regrettable and unexpected traffic challenges that they experienced.
Big Concerts has requested that all complaints and comments be addressed to the organizing team by email at email@example.com, in order to allow for the experience of fans to be considered and improved on for future concerts.
Posted on November 12, 2009 by Admin
True to its name, the Secret Wellness Studio at La Terra de Luc has to be one of the best-kept secrets in the winelands. This little piece of heaven offers an extensive range of luxury treatments and services, such as facials, massages and anti-aging therapies. A communal lounge and four en-suite rooms with features such as DSTV and air conditioning ensure that clients enjoy their treatments in absolute comfort. Set in the gorgeous Franschhoek valley, there's no doubt that the studio is the perfect pampering spot for brides to indulge in before the big day. Visit the studio's website for more information about this relaxing escape.
Posted on October 29, 2009 by Admin
Travel Concepts is a bespoke travel service based in Cape Town, specialising in travel planning and booking stylish and authentic holidays of distinction. Acting as a personal quide for discerning clients, they offer a multitude of exceptional destinations in South Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa. They are also experts at arranging the perfect honeymoon experience, designing full travel itineraries that cover every detail. Visit their website for more information about their unique service.
Posted on September 14, 2009 by Admin
Located on the highest point of the Estate, this north-facing corner stand is surrounded by 14 hectares of interlocking turquoise lakes, making it a truly exceptional location.
Plot number: 532
For further information, kindly email us or phone +27(0)861 63 63 63
Posted on September 2, 2009 by Admin
Val de Vie Polo is delighted to announce that the polo season gets into swing again in September, and the Polo School will be open for lessons for the whole summer! Whether you're a novice or high-goal player, or never been on a horse before, these lessons offer the perfect opportunity to discover this exciting sport in one of South Africa's premier polo venues. Situated just 40 minutes from Cape Town, the Polo School is ideally located for locals and overseas visitors alike.
Students couldn't ask for a better coach– John Lister is acknowledged as one of the best coaches in the country, highly regarded for his wealth of international and local knowledge. To ensure that you get the most out of your training, the lessons are carefully structured to accommodate the level of the student(s). Beginners enjoy introductory lessons while experienced players have intensive sessions focusing on specific aspects of the game, such as improving your polo swing, riding for polo or schooling the polo pony. We also offer a selection of ponies to suit all levels of player and have an unflinching commitment to your safety.
If you’d rather just sit back and enjoy the action, join us at the Sabrage Lounge Bar or pack a picnic and enjoy a unique day out in the country!
For more information, please visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to learn more about polo in South Africa, be sure to check out the South African Polo Association's website too. We look forward to hearing from you!
Posted on August 26, 2009 by Admin
This spacious north-facing stand overlooks paddocks, green pastures and the imposing Groot Drakenstein mountains.
Plot number: 233
For further information, kindly email us or phone +27(0)861 63 63 63.
Posted on May 7, 2009 by Admin
At Val de Vie we are passionate about horses, which is why our exceptional equestrian facilities extend beyond polo. Although we offer full service livery for the polo player, livery is also available for participants of all equestrian disciplines. There couldn’t be a better place for your horse to be housed – expert care and advice is provided by an on-site professional team, and horses are provided with daily turn out in secure camps.
The estate is the ideal setting for any horse lover. The spacious grounds, landscaped park-like avenues and ten kilometres of outride trails invite you to explore the idyllic and secure Val de Vie estate on horseback. Facilities for all equestrians include practice field and arena, sand track, lunging rings, dressage and show jumping arenas and secure bridle paths past vineyards and along the Berg river.
Posted on May 6, 2009 by Admin
You've heard about our soon-to-be-launched Sabrage Lounge, but do you know the interesting history behind the name? Sabrage refers to sabering or ‘cracking’ the neck of a Champagne bottle with a saber, an impressive skill that originated in the French army hundreds of years ago. In the 17th ,18th and 19th century it was not just for show - corks were originally very brittle, and this method helped to prevent them from crumbling or breaking.
Napoleon is known to have said: "Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it."After a victorious battle, French officers would eagerly saber the top of the bottle with their sabers or swords. This would break the neck at the lip, because the cork would remain stuck in the neck and fly away together with the neck piece of glass still holding the cork. It's for this reason the French use the expression “Sabrez les bouteilles” or , in English, “ Lets crack a few bottles.” Today Sabrage is a popular way to get a party started, provided you have the dexterity!
Posted on April 30, 2009 by Admin
After any special occasion, it's the photographs that let the event live on. To capture a moment on camera takes true skill and creativity, which is why we love the work of Jean-Pierre Uys. He has photographed numerous prestigious weddings and events and recently captured some spectacular images of Val de Vie. Visit his website for a showcase of his work. He's a must for any event!
Photograph courtesy of Jean-Pierre Uys
Posted on April 29, 2009 by Admin
Val de Vie has got a proud winemaking tradition that goes back nearly two hundred years. Situated on the Berg River, the farm of Kliprug (on which Val de Vie is built) began to produce wine in 1825. The name of the farm is derived from the valley's rocky or stony formations, similar to those in the Rhône Valley. Directly translated, Kliprug means "rock spine" or "stony spine."
The farm boasted a gracious Manor House shaded by towering oaks, and today the structure has been meticulously restored and boasts sumptuous, French-inspired interiors. The historic wine cellar is also the site of our modern production centre, which retains a tangible sense of history while still including the latest equipment and facilities. We couldn't ask for a lovelier place to produce our award-winning Rhône varietal wines!
Posted on April 28, 2009 by Admin
With 1.8 kilometres of Berg River frontage and four interlinking lakes, Val de Vie is the perfect place to go trout fishing. Stream water perpetually flows from the mountains into the lakes, creating the ideal environment for this popular sport.
With the scenic natural surroundings framing the lakes and river, there's no excuse not to get that tackle and bait ready (don't forget the picnic basket).
Posted on April 13, 2009 by Admin
We're thrilled to announce the launch of the Val de Vie blog, an online showcase of all the latest news and highlights from our beautiful winelands estate. From international polo games and high society events to showing off our award winning wines, you'll find it first at the Val de Vie blog.