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“Great views, poor service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dieu Donne

Dieu Donne
Off R45, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2493
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
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“Great views, poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Visited to taste wines. The views are stunning and the place is really nice. Sadly the service let them down.
There were no other visitors there, so just the 2 of us to deal with. We asked for the tasting, selected what we wanted and that was all. The woman was far more preoccupied with Facebook than with us. She did not tell us anything at all about the wines or anything else. She simply served the wine. We realised halfway through that cheese was available, so we ordered a platter, which was delicious. I would have expected her to tell us about that sort of thing, make us feel welcome and try to sell their produce. Not at all. She was cold and acted as though we were an inconvenience. We bought a little, but could have bought a lot if she'd made an effort and come off Facebook for a while.

Visited November 2013
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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“Enjoy the view, enjoy the sparkling wine, enjoy living”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We went to this wine estate two years ago and had a lovely bottle of sparkling wine -you cannot call it champagne of course - but you get my meaning. They also serve a platter of cheese more than enough for two people for R75. Nothing has changed thank goodness.

So we ordered the famous MCC sparkling wine - Rose - 2011 - with the aforesaid cheese platter. A coach party had arrived just at the same time as us so I knew from experience to hurry up and get my order in. We were moved to the outside part of the restaurant, which I recommend for the view, and for no extra charge we have the sight of a fire burning in the valley just opposite.

I noticed another reviewer says 'the wines were okay but nothing special'. With due respect I do have to ask who knows most about wine, the reviewer or the establishment. This is a fiercely competitive area wine and people are fiercely proud of their reputation.

We paid R95 for the sparkling wine which translates to about £7.50 UK and that with the cheese put us in a right good mood. You could make an afternoon of it without spending an arm and a leg.

I thought of ordering lunch but I noticed that too many people were waiting, even at 12.30, so I decided to give that a miss. To sum up if you want to drink this is a much better place than a restaurant in Frachshoek (I think that's the way you spell it) but if you want a meal then one of the wayside restaurants in the town probably gives better value.

So if you want to chill out and escape from reality for a bit, what better place to go?

Visited October 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Wine with a view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We went up to the Dieu Donne wine estate for some wine tasting and were presented with a great view over Franschhoek and the surrounding mountains.
The wines were great, especially the MCC sparkling wine.
There is an adjoining restaurant where you could enjoy a meal, which we didn't do.

Visited June 2013
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“Amazing views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Visited this vineyard for a tasting. Wines were OK but nothing special. We also ordered two cheeseboards to accompany the wine tasting and they were very good. Views out across the valley are superb. Other than the cheeseboards we never ate here so cannot comment on other food or service. Well worth a visit for a tasting.

Visited April 2013
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“Fabulous view but worst service ever”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

The view is amazing - looking across the valley with a ring of mountains in the distance.
A coach party arrived at the same time as us (to an almost empty restaurant at this stage) and we then sat for 70 minutes watching them all get served with both their starter and main course.
How can you run a restaurant that cares so little and cannot organise itself properly? Shows their priorities.
Only by starting to walk out did we manage to get some food - which we ate a little of (as we were so hungry by then) and left.
The view is fabulous, the food is ok and the organisation is terrible - avoid.

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