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History


The French Huguenots arrived in the Cape in the late 1600s and settled in what became known as Franschhoek, or 'French Corner'. The Huguenots planted vines as the terrior was perfectly suited to the production of wine.

 

Allée Bleue was bought in 1999 by Friedrich-Wilhelm and Elke Dauphin, who were determined to breathe new life into the estate.

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The Owners

Dynamic entrepreneur duo Friedrich-Wilhelm and Elke Dauphin has made their mark in the international corporate market with their sophisticated office furniture and has been passionate about South Africa for many decades.

After purchasing the estate in 1999 the Dauphins consulted with Gundel and Emil Sogor, two talented German artists, to transform the estate, introducing striking works of art that add character to the historic Cape estate.

The Dauphins re-introduced vines to complement the existing herbs and fruits, allowing Allée Bleue to fulfill its un-hidden potential. A new state-of-art wine cellar was constructed and with the arrival of winemaker van Zyl du Toit in 2009, Allée Bleue once again became home to world-class wine.

Friederich-Willhelm and Elke Dauphin are passionate about ensuring Allée Bleue is the ultimate destination in South Africa.

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Philosophy

The Dauphin family have set the benchmark with Allée Bleue. They strive to produce quality products, provide impeccable service and create unforgettable memories.

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Estate

A unique place in an absolutely heavenly setting.

Known to be one of the oldest wine farms in the area, Allée Bleue has had an eventful past, yet was, until recently, one of the undiscovered jewels of the Cape Winelands.

Allée Bleue owes (blue avenue or drive) owes its name to the statuesque, blue eucalyptus trees that magnificently line the entrance to the estate. For us however, this name also expresses homage to the blue planet, the sky and water, and the colour of peace.

The estate boasts an unmistakable French vibe being part of the Franschhoek valley (or 'French corner') with rows of vines, fields or lavender and meadows stretching towards the Drakenstein Mountains in the distance.

Experience the unforgettable charm of both old and new world that is Allée Bleue.

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