Vendange is a French word that means ‘vintage’ and refers to the annual grape harvest. It is also the name of a new lifestyle gift shop that opened last month in the Village Square, adding a touch of French flair to the Main Road, onto which the shop fronts.
With four Vendange branches in Johannesburg, one in Plettenberg Bay and one in Franschhoek, Vendange Hermanus is owner, Richard Davies’ seventh store.
Much in evidence among the classy gift, home décor and lifestyle items stocked by Vendange, is Richard’s connection with Morena, a boutique wine cellar in Franschhoek that produces a range of Methode Cap Classique (MCC) and olive oil – and is owned by Richard’s father.
Other unique items are provided by his two siblings, who are both accomplished wood crafters and artists.
The interior of Vendange is light and spacious, and even though they stock a wide variety of products, the shop feels tranquil and uncluttered. You’ll hardly know where to start looking, as there are treasures hidden in every nook and cranny.
For the home – and especially the kitchen – there is everything you can think of for entertaining in style, from champagne buckets, wooden wine crates, baskets of all shapes and sizes, framed prints and scatter cushions, to Sagaform glassware, Laguiole cutlery and handmade knives, and a range of Trudeau Boutique Vineyards cheese and baguette boards, handcrafted from French oak wine barrels.
For those in need of inspiration, copies of Around my Table by famed Ginger & Lime chef Denise Cowburn-Levy are available, in which she shares some of her favourite recipes.
Among the clothing and accessories you’ll find stylish Kaftans that are ideal for those hot summer days, Breazies beach towels and swimming shorts (sold together in gift bags), fashionable Havaianans flip-flops, holiday aprons with humorous slogans, and all manner of bags, from travel wallets, purses and clutch bags to shoulder bags and beach bags.
Then there are the bath and body products (including natural, handcrafted Pepper Tree soaps wrapped in beautiful paper) and a variety of scented candles and home fragrances from Madame Luna and Charisma, and olive oils and condiments, and sweet treats from Wedgewood… a seemingly endless supply of all the good things in life!
Treat yourself by popping in to Vendange this holiday season. And if you still have some last-minute Christmas shopping to do – you know exactly where to go!