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.
Mystery Weekends
Surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. This is what the sell out Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are all about, and this year is no exception.
Franschhoek Artisan Route
Treat your taste buds to some of the finest olives, cheeses, charcuterie and artisanal breads our country has to offer...
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.
Franschhoek weddings
Franschhoek has been the ideal wedding setting for as long as we care to remember. With numerous venues to choose from you’re bound to find something that is everything you ever dreamt of and more.

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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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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.

Babylonstoren and Rickety Bridge shine at Shiraz Challenge

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.

Dalewood Fromage crowned 2016 SA Dairy Product of the Year

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.

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 16 & 17 July 2016

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!

Franschhoek Supports The Langrug “Back To School” Drive

In March 42 shacks in the Langrug community, situated in Franschhoek, were destroyed by an uncontrolled fire. Many unexpectedly lost their homes and possessions. In addition to efforts by Disaster Management and other support groups, Franschhoek Wine Valley and Huguenot Fine Chocolates joined forces to raise much needed relief funding during the Easter period.

Franschhoek remains a top favourite with TripAdvisor travellers

Following hot on the heels of the recent review in Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations, Franschhoek has yet again been listed as a traveller’s dream destination. For the fifth consecutive year Franschhoek has been listed in the Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Destinations in South Africa, as voted for by TripAdvisor travellers.

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Our Partners


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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