Leopard's Leap

The road that leads into Franschhoek is flanked by wine estates that don’t need any introduction. Made popular by their wines but also by the experiences they offer their visitors.

Leopard’s Leap is no different. As a popular wine stop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, and with a distinctive label on their bottles, Leopard’s Leap is a family-orientated tourist destination, who boast sociable tasting facilities, a versatile food offeringculinary tutoring and, of course, the charm of a beautiful landscape.

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Having only ever stopped at Leopard’s Leap en route to another wine estate, my interest was piqued when I was invited to try their Rotisserie Lunch. What would it hold for me and my small chickens, I wondered, as we drove through the gates on that very hot Friday afternoon in February?

My curiosity was soon put to bed when I saw the feast before me. Salads of every kind and 4 meat options that surely would satisfy a hungry carnivore.

I opted for the Beef Pie while my husband chose the Lamb Neck (his choice faired better than mine though as the pie was dry and not packed with flavor as I had hoped). The kids had the kiddies pizza which looked pretty darn tasty. There was also a few yummy dessert choices such as baked cheesecake, lemon meringue, chocolate brownies and chocolate mousse.

**R27 per 100gr or R375 set price

https://www.leopardsleap.co.za/experience/rotisserie-lunch/

Menu explains how the lunch works

Menu explains how the lunch works

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But what really impressed me was the wine. I don’t know why I had in my mind that I would not enjoy the wines, but I was surprised. Especially by the Special Edition Pinotage at only R78 a bottle (who said that good wine has to cost a lot?)

Once I had tried this one, I knew we had to do a wine tasting. I was so curious!

Their Pinot Noir is a soft, light wine which would go down a treat instead of an MCC at a brunch. The Grand Vin, Bordeaux style blend, is full bodied and spicy but really easy drinking. Of course, wine is a personal thing so keep this in mind when doing a wine tasting at Leopard’s Leap.

The wine tasting area, although “part of” of the restaurant has a bar style set up so if you have little ones with you, it is not a comfortable seating for them. They do however have activity books on hand to (hopefully) keep them busy (I think they are more suited to older kids, but still a great idea!)

https://www.leopardsleap.co.za/experience/wine-tasting/

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The vineyard itself is just outside the town of Franshhoek which already tells you its incredibly beautiful. There is a great grass area for the kids to run around on play with a wooden jungle gym (but it is not visible from the whole dining area).

If you want to know more about Leopard’s Leap and their offerings, visit them on www.leopardsleap.co.za, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Mom's Checklist 

Location - Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is situated on the R45, Main Road, Franschhoek.

GPS co-ordinates: 33°53’08.7″S  19°04’49.1″E

Restaurant - yes 

Contact: Tel: +27 (0)21 876 8002

For reservations E-mail: reservations@leopardsleap.co.za

For general enquiries E-mail: info@leopardsleap.co.za

Wine - yes

- Tasting - yes R40 or R55

- Pairing - yes https://www.leopardsleap.co.za/experience/food-and-wine-pairing/

- Wine Prices - The wines do vary in price (but the wine tasting centre & restaurant offer the same prices for the wines)

Fireplace - yes

Times - contact Leopard’s Leap for specific times for the various experiences

Kid friendly - . yes

Parents friendly - yes

Play area - yes

Accessibility - Tarred road

Accommodation - no

Spa - no

Picnics - no

Birthday Parties - yes (not kids parties) https://www.leopardsleap.co.za/experience/family-table/

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Mommy Explores was hosted by Leopards Leap Vineyard.