15 May 2013 by Denise Slabbert

Allée Bleue: Herbs galore and big Sunday lunches

The Allée Bleue estate recently launched two fun attractions – its herb tours (Fridays) and its Sunday Big Lunch…

Restaurant at Allée Bleue estate in the Franschhoek Valley

You’ll find the Allée Bleue estate in the gorgeous Franschhoek Valley. Like so many historical wine estates in the area, you can enjoy wine tastings and picnics in its gorgeous gardens – but what sets Allée Bleue apart from many other estates is its impressive fresh herb production.

There is extensive herb production at Allée Bleue

The farm is one of the Western Cape’s biggest herb producers, growing a wide variety, including coriander, dill, fennel, rocket, rosemary and many others. General manager of the estate Wolfgang Leyrer says the estate started growing herbs in 2001 due to the potential and demand in the area. The hunch paid off and the estate produces approximately a ton of fresh herbs per week.

These herbs are packed on the estate and then sent out to major supermarkets across South Africa. According to Leyrer, 30 jobs have been created as a result of the project. The farm also produces persimmons, and there are 28ha of persimmons orchards to cover export to Europe every year.

The good news is that Allée Bleue has launched herb tours every Friday, followed by a light lunch. The cost is R185 per person and includes a three-course herb-inspired menu. The tours start at 11am, followed by lunch at Bistro Allée Bleue.

These herbs are packed on the estate and then sent out to major supermarkets across South Africa

The management team has also launched the Allée Bleue Sunday Big Lunch, which takes place during the winter months. It’s the ideal option for families looking for a daytrip into the country.

The Sunday Big Lunch includes spit-cooked roasts, potjies (stew cooked in a cast-iron pot), a range of vegetables and salads, and a wide variety of desserts. There is a jumping castle and organised kids' activities. You can also take the opportunity to sample some very fine Allée Bleue estate wines.

For more details call: +27 (0)21 874 1021.

The gorgeous Franschhoek Valley. Images by Darling Lama Productions

Category: Food & Wine

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