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.
Take the concept of a food & wine experience to an entirely new level in the Gourmet Capital of South Africa
The Franschhoek Artisan Route celebrates the unique, hand-made or handcrafted products in the valley.
Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley has relaunched its MCC route.
The Franschhoek Rond en Bont route encourages visitors to experience the diversity of this beautiful valley.
Franschhoek is home to some of the country’s finest art offerings and a growing number of local and international art enthusiasts.
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…
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,…
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 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…
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…
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.
We are calling on all Franschhoek fans to take part in our exciting new Franschhoek photo competition! With the launch of our brand new Franschhoek Wine Valley website, we are now searching for the most magical photos that capture the true essence of our gorgeous valley that we can use on our new website!
Here are a few of our favourite Franschhoek Bastille Festival moments from 2016! Thank you for joining us this year. It was a gorgeous weekend in Franschhoek and we enjoyed having all of you with us.
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.
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, the exclusive five-star boutique property with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, has opened its doors and welcomes guests.
Ensuring Franschhoek remains top of mind, not only nationally but also internationally, executive chef Margot Janse of Le Quartier Français has been announced as one of the Top 20 finalists of the Basque Culinary World Prize. This internationally recognized award recognizes chefs whose projects have improved society through gastronomy.
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.
Both members of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Babylonstoren and Rickety Bridge excelled at this year’s Shiraz Challenge, securing them each a spot on the coveted ‘dream dozen’ list. Their wines making it onto the list were the Babylonstoren Shiraz 2014 and Rickety Bridge Shiraz 2013.
Franschhoek Wine Valley Vignerons DGB, Grande Provence and La Motte excelled at this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, each earning a Gold medal for their relevant wines entered.
Wednesday, 27 April proved to be a memorable Freedom Day for Dalewood Fromage when it was awarded the prestigious 2016 South African Dairy Product of the Year for its 12 month matured Huguenot cheese at the annual Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Dinner. The gala dinner took place at Grand West Casino in Cape Town.
Berets in hand. Check. Red; white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Check. French flare. Check. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 16th and 17th July, in style!