Franschhoek Wine Valley

What to Experience

Franschhoek Uncorked
With Spring in full swing what better way to savour all things new than at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival from 24 to 25 September.
Art Franschhoek
Join us for Art Franschhoek from 21 October to 13 November 2016.
Franschhoek Open Gardens
Join us in celebrating the start of summer with a visit to the annual Franschhoek Open Gardens festival, where once again ten owners will be opening their gardens to the public.
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
Cap Classique Route
Franschhoek is a leading Méthode Cap Classique producing area.
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.
The Month of Clivias at Babylonstoren
September is the month when the clivias at Babylonstoren flower! Thousands of these beautiful indigenous lilies will be blooming down by the stream, with flowers that vary dramatically in shape and size. The colours range from yellow, peach and orange to deep red. This is a walk not to be missed as these plants flower only once a year.

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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 has relaunched its MCC route, adding a few more producers to its already celebrated line up. The Valley, renowned for producing outstanding Méthode Cap Classiques, has a total of 23 producers. Franschhoek has…

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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Sommeliers select Franschhoek amongst their finest

The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition, which was conceptualized in 2015, has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers. With the rapid and exciting growth of both the food and wine industry in South Africa over the last 20 years, consumers are looking for experienced guidance when it comes to selecting wine. This competition does just that.

Babylonstoren brings home the awards

Babylonstoren, situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, has reason to stand that extra little bit taller after achieving success in two prestigious wine industry competitions.

Andries Botha exhibits rare body of work at Grande Provence

An exhibition of major works spanning the illustrious 40 year career of South Africa’s preeminent contemporary sculptor, Andries Botha, entitled Being Here (and there), opens at The Gallery at Grande Provence in Franschhoek on Sunday, 30 October 2016.

Art Franschhoek 21 October to 13 November 2016

As with good food and outstanding wines, so too fine art needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Regarded as South Africa’s premier food and wine destination, Franschhoek has added ‘art destination’ to its repertoire. Home to some of the country’s finest art collections and a growing number of local and international art enthusiasts, Art Franschhoek came into being, and was introduced to the public towards the end of last year.

Top Ten Again – 2015 Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc!

Leopard’s Leap is delighted to announce that the 2015 Culinaria Chenin Blanc has repeated the stellar performance of the 2014 vintage in being appointed as one of South Africa’s Top 10 Chenin Blancs in the Standard Bank and Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa’s Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge.

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival

With Spring in full swing what better way to savour all things new than at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival from 24 to 25 September. Celebrate your heritage over a glass of Franschhoek wines, selected by the winemakers, and paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame as Franschhoek prepares to Braai4Heritage.

Franschhoek Boutique Hotels are out of This World

La Residence and Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek have each been endorsed in the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards for 2016. La Residence secured the top position in the Best Resort Hotels in Africa and the Middle East category, with Le Quartier Français securing position number 2.

Leeu Estates ready to welcome you

Leeu Estates, the exclusive five-star boutique property with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, has opened its doors and welcomes guests.

Franschhoek Vignerons come out tops at Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report

Five Franschhoek Vignerons were amongst the top performers to score 90 points or higher in the fifth annual Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report (formerly known as the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report). The star producers were Plaisir de Merle, Boekenhoutskloof, Môreson, Rickety Bridge and Stony Brook.

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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.

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