Slow Food Snail Trail No.128 January 2016

By , January 21, 2016 8:38 am


A visit to Haut Espoir wine farm and the Three Streams Trout Farm for a wine tasting and food and wine pairing lunch, to learn about the farming of salmon trout

Saturday, 20th February 2016 at 11h30

Haut Espoir is a boutique wine estate and cellar in Franschhoek, developed and run by the Armstrong Family since 1999. This is a 23 hectare farm, of which 8 hectares are planted with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. The remainder of the land is dedicated to fynbos restoration, a riverine ecosystem, olive groves and an organic garden.

The farm has been in conversion to biodynamic agriculture since 2011. No fungicides, insecticides or commercially bought fertilisers are used. Water conservation is practised daily and the winery effluent is managed through a bio-reactor and wetland system. The website will give you more details.

Three Streams Trout Farm
is owned by the Stubbs Family with a long history in the fishing industry, dating back to the early 1900’s. Gregory Stubbs, the CEO, recognised the need to remove pressure from the ocean’s dwindling resources and believed that Aquaculture would be the only solution to meet the future seafood demand. He began trout farming in 1986 on the family farm.

The aquaculture practices are based on the need for responsible and sustainable fish farming, and we’ll learn about the company and its management practices in reaching these goals. The company is also active in transfer of skills and poverty alleviation in rural areas. Do go to website for more details.


11:30 Arrival drink, canapes and welcome

12:00 Wine tasting and visit to Three Streams Farm. For the visit to Three Streams Trout farm only 24 people can be accommodated. Please indicate whether or not you would like to visit the farm (the cost will be the same, whether you visit the farm or not). The tour to the trout farm will take place before lunch, in two groups of 12. Whilst the first group visits the adjacent farm, everyone else will be treated to a wine tasting. The people on the first trout farm visit will have the wine tasting after the tour.

13:00 Lunch starts with talks about the trout and the wines. The lunch venue can accommodate 40 people.

It’s best for everyone to meet at Haut Espoir and then go from there to Three Streams Farm for the visit. The farm is very close to Haut Espoir.


Acclaimed chef, Chris Erasmus from Foliage restaurant in Franschhoek will prepare the following meal for us:

Smoked, cured and tartare trout paired with Haut Espoir wines

Trout wrapped in vine leaves braaied over Shiraz vineyard twigs paired with crafted beer.

Cheese platters with berries.
(Cheese and truffles from Foliage Restaurant)



Cost: R320 per person for members and R340 for guests. This includes the arrival drink, canapes, the wine tasting, visit to the trout farm, drinks that are paired with the meal and R20 to be donated to the KUSASA charity project in Franschhoek.
Additional wine ordered during the meal will be for the members’ own account.

Please let Lorna know the number of members and guests attending the lunch, with the names of your guests, by Monday 15th February.

Also, please let Lorna (email: ) know if you would like to visit the trout farm. The first 24 people will be accommodated.

To book your places, please transfer payment to, account number . When doing this please put your name as a reference on the transfer. Payment will confirm your booking.


Directions to Haut Espoir

• From the main road of Franschhoek (Huguenot Road) drive towards the Huguenot Monument.
• At the T junction at the monument turn right into Excelsior Road.
• Pass La Petite Dauphine and the Le Franschhoek Hotel on your left after approximately 5km.
• At the fork in the road take the road to the right (Excelsior road carries on to the left).
• The approach road to Haut Espoir will be on the right after the fork. 400m past the Le Franschhoek Hotel entrance.
• Follow the signs up the hill to our tasting room and cellar.

Click HERE for an online map and more directions.

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