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Plaisir de Merle was established in 1693. For more than 300 years, Plaisir de Merle has been making French-inspired wines in Simondium, between Franschhoek and Paarl. It was one of the first farms to start cultivating vines in the area and has been excelling at it through the keen interest and hard labour of many generations of committed guardians. The Griffin, a mythological creature and symbol of Plaisir de Merle represents the foresight and bravery of these men and women and remains a guide for those to come.

Today, the farm encapsulates two of the original Drakenstein farms, making it not only one of the oldest but one of the largest in the area, spanning over 1000ha, with 350ha planted to vine. The wine is an ode to France and is made with only the noblest of grapes. Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. Defiantly French in the heart of Simondium.

Dining: This French-inspired pop-up eatery with bistro food good enough to drive from the city for, and a countryside atmosphere redolent of a Burgundian courtyard can be experienced at Plaisir de Merle. They are open for breakfast and lunch, from Wednesday to Sunday. The varied menu has everything from gloriously flaky croissants and the Plaisir de Merle French farm breakfast to lunch options such as cheese platters, fresh salads and nourishing soups. Breakfast and lunch options available for children as well. Should you like to indulge your sweet tooth, then tea or coffee and gâteau followed by a stroll to the winery will be just the thing. They are excited to share their nearly 400-year-old rich history, warm hospitality and je ne sais quoi.

Activities: Fudge Pairing, Flavour Sensation Tasting, Cellar Tour (pre-booked), Deli

WebsitePlaisir de Merle

Depart From: Groot Drakenstein Terminal

Wine Tasting
Light Meal
Jungle Gym

Timetables

PURPLE LINE Maximum Stops by Departure Time STOPS: 5STOPS: 5STOPS: 4STOPS: 4STOPS: 3       
DEPARTFranschhoek TerminalDEPART: Franschhoek Terminal09:3010:0510:4011:1511:50---- ---- ---- Last Drop-offLast Drop-offCollect OnlyCollect Only
STOP 1Allee BleueDEPART: Allee BleueBus09:5410:2911:0411:3912:1412:4913:2413:5914:3415:0915:4416:19
STOP 2Solms DeltaSTOP 1: Solms DeltaBus10:0010:3511:1011:4512:2012:5513:3014:0514:4015:1515:5016:25
STOP 3Boschendal (Cellar Door)STOP 2: Boschendal (Cellar Door)Bus10:1210:4711:2211:5712:3213:0713:4214:1714:5215:2716:0216:37
STOP 4Plaisir de Merle PlatformSTOP 3: Plaisir de Merle PlatformBus10:3111:0611:4112:1612:5113:2614:0114:3615:1115:4616:2116:56
STOP 5Vrede en Lust PlatformSTOP 4: Vrede en Lust PlatformBus10:3511:1011:4512:2012:5513:3014:0514:4015:1515:5016:2517:00
STOP 6Noble HillSTOP 5: Noble HillTram10:4611:2111:5612:3113:0613:4114:1614:5115:2616:0116:3617:11
STOP 7BabylonstorenSTOP 6: BabylonstorenTram10:5411:2912:0412:3913:1413:4914:2414:5915:3416:0916:4417:19
STOP 8BacksbergSTOP 7: BacksbergBus------------12:4613:2113:5614:3115:0615:4116:1616:5117:26
ORANGE LINE Maximum Stops by Departure Time STOPS: 5STOPS: 5STOPS: 4STOPS: 4STOPS: 3       
DEPARTFranschhoek TerminalDEPART: Franschhoek TerminalBus09:3010:0510:4011:1511:50----------------Last Drop-offCollect OnlyCollect Only
STOP 1Noble HillSTOP 1: Noble HillBus10:1110:4611:2111:5612:3113:0613:4114:1614:5115:2616:0116:36
STOP 2BabylonstorenSTOP 2: BabylonstorenBus10:1910:5411:2912:0412:3913:1413:4914:2414:5915:3416:0916:44
STOP 3BacksbergSTOP 3: BacksbergBus10:2611:0111:3612:1112:4613:2113:5614:3115:0615:4116:1616:51
STOP 4Vrede en Lust PlatformSTOP 4: Vrede en Lust PlatformTram10:4311:1811:5312:2813:0313:3814:1314:4815:2315:5816:3317:08
STOP 5Plaisir de Merle PlatformSTOP 5: Plaisir de Merle PlatformTram10:4711:2211:5712:3213:0713:4214:1714:5215:2716:0216:3717:12
STOP 6Allee BleueSTOP 6: Allee BleueBus------------12:4913:2413:5914:3415:0915:4416:1916:5417:29
STOP 7Solms DeltaSTOP 7: Solms DeltaBus------------12:5513:3014:0514:4015:1515:5016:2517:0017:35
STOP 8Boschendal (Cellar Door)STOP 8: Boschendal (Cellar Door)Bus------------13:0713:4214:1714:5215:2716:0216:3717:1217:47