Franschhoek Wine Valley

What to Experience

Best village shopping in Africa
Enjoy extended shopping hours in Franschhoek! Most shops will be open until 19h00 from the beginning of October onwards.
Franschhoek Literary Festival
Join us for the weekend of 19 to 21 May
Healing Garden
Blend your own herbal teas at Babylonstoren
Franschhoek Wine Tram
This hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley.
Huguenot Monument
Vist the Huguenot Memorial Museum and Monument in Franschhoek
Meet Pigcasso
From pork chop to heralded headliner, Pigcasso has opened her very own Oink Gallery – located at Farm Sanctuary SA in the heart of Franschhoek
Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf
Situated in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, 35 minutes from Cape Town, Pearl Valley forms part of Val de Vie Estate, internationally recognized for its wine making and polo facilities.
Mountain Biking
Access the Franschhoek mountain biking trails map here and read more about our routes

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Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and our top chefs create international cuisine. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.





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Franschhoek Food & Wine Route

Take the concept of a food & wine experience to an entirely new level in the Gourmet Capital of South Africa


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Franschhoek Artisan Route

The Franschhoek Artisan Route celebrates the unique, hand-made or handcrafted products in the valley.


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Franschhoek Cap Classique Route

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley has relaunched its MCC route.


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Franschhoek Rond en Bont Route

The Franschhoek Rond en Bont route encourages visitors to experience the diversity of this beautiful valley.


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Art Franschhoek Route

Franschhoek is home to some of the country’s finest art offerings and a growing number of local and international art enthusiasts.


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Franschhoek Food & Wine Route

Breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, fine wines, distinctive artists, and a small village atmosphere. These are the hallmarks of the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Taking these unique qualities into account visitors will be further enlightened to all that this…

Franschhoek Rond en Bont

The Franschhoek Rond en Bont route encourages visitors to experience the diversity of this beautiful valley. Our various communities welcome visitors with open arms and they are eager to share their heritage. The route boasts a rich cultural history. It covers a large area of the Franschhoek Wine Valley and includes communities such as Dwarsrivier, Wemmershoek, Bosbou, Groendal, Mooiwater,…

Franschhoek Cap Classique Route

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley MCC route has been established. The Valley, renowned for producing outstanding Méthode Cap Classiques, has a total of 24 producers. Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides…

Franschhoek Artisan Route

Franschhoek Artisan Route Regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital visitors to the Franschhoek Wine Valley will be spoilt for choice as they can now include in their trip a sampling of the Valley’s finest artisanal and fresh produce. The Franschhoek Artisan Route affords visitors to this internationally acclaimed wine and…

Art Franschhoek Route

As with fine food and outstanding wines, so too fine art needs to be savoured in order to be appreciated. Regarded as SA’s premier food and wine destination, Franschhoek has added art destination to its résumé. Franschhoek is home to some of the country’s finest art offerings and a growing…

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La Motte’s Pierneef Experience – a special way of enjoying the finer things in life!

Always innovative when it comes to ways in which to share its passions, Franschhoek-based La Motte Wine Estate is announcing a new addition to its offering, the Pierneef Experience. A wonderful and personal introduction to the La Motte Museum’s special new exhibition, A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957), the Pierneef Experience will offer guests a personal guided tour by the curator of the exhibition while also introducing them to the estate’s further Pierneef associations – its internationally acknowledged Pierneef wines and the renowned Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant.

Another goal scored for the Franschhoek Valley: Franschhoek’s first under 13 Soccer Academy

The Franschhoek Valley Football Club (FVFC) established in September 2016, aims to give children in the Franschhoek Valley, the opportunity to play club football with a chance to develop into future professional players. The academy currently has an under 13 boy’s side, 16 players, with the intention of expanding the number of teams by the 2018 season. The programs objectives are to develop the team into well rounded individuals both on and off the field.

Blend your own herbal teas at Babylonstoren

We invite you to enjoy the healing garden at Babylonstoren as a quiet space, slowing down and blending herbal teas as guided by gardener Gundula. Seated on the floor of the shaded bamboo gloriette, a selection of savoury and sweet confections is served to complement the infusions you create. Only fresh, seasonal ingredients are used and great care is taken in the preparation.

Franschhoek’s finest to cook up a storm with Montréal’s finest

Regarded as one of South Africa’s celebrated chefs, Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine, situated in Franschhoek, will soon be showcasing his world-class talents at the Montréal En Lumière Festival in Canada. He, together with 11 other chefs from across the globe have been invited to create a culinary masterpiece for gastronomes attending what is regarded as the largest winter festival of its kind in North America.

Franschhoek Summer Wines 2017 in pictures

On Saturday 4th February 2017, we hosted the 6th annual Franschhoek Summer Wines at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. This festival is a celebration of the valley’s summer whites, rosés, MCCs and light reds.

Grande Provence rolls out the barrel on Harvest Day

Celebrate the 2017 grape harvest with Grande Provence Heritage Wines Estate in Franschhoek on Saturday, 25 February, when barrels of fun in the heartland of South African wine country will be the order of the day.

Cast your vote in the 2017 Klink Awards!

It’s that time of the year when consumers throughout South Africa are called upon to vote for their favourite in the annual Klink Awards, and the Franschhoek Bastille Festival has been nominated as one of South Africa’s best wine festivals.

Grande Provence turns on the charm for Valentine’s Dinner under the stars

Surprise your Valentine with the ultimate romantic dinner under Franschhoek stars in the Sculpture Garden at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Nothing says “I love you” like an intimate dining experience in the elegant Restaurant at Grande Provence or your own private, luxuriously draped outdoor pavilion on Valentine’s Day.

Franschhoek luxury accommodation – on top of the world

The 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards were recently announced, and once again Franschhoek has proven a popular destination amongst its voters. Five luxury accommodation establishments secured a spot on the prestigious list of Top Hotels in the World.

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.