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 Summer Wines
Get ready for a high summer celebration at this year’s Franschhoek Summer Wines, Saturday, 4 February at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards.
Franschhoek MCC Festival
Get ready for the social calendar event of 2016, with promises of amazing weather, beautiful people dressed to impress and most importantly South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC). It’s time for the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Mastercard, which takes place over the weekend of 3 and 4 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument.
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.
Babylonstoren Garden Spa
Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. We like to think of it as a living spa, set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad leiwater channels to set the tone. Some of our traditional treatment rooms are housed in our pavilion constructed of bamboo, which comprises a hammam, chill room and a gym.

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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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Spoil someone special with the Babylonstoren Christmas Hamper

With this fully-laden hamper we bring the staples of a relaxed festive season right to your doorstep. Luxuriate in the array of delightful treats from our farm. There is something to sip on, something to snack on and something for bathtime to engulf the senses. From the lift of the lid to the very last indulgence, a sensory experience is tucked away beneath the beautiful Delft packaging of every hamper.

Franschhoek still SA’s premier culinary destination at Eat Out Awards

Regarded as the event on the foodie social calendar the annual Eat Out Awards took place at a gala event on Sunday, 20 November, and Franschhoek excelled. Three restaurants situated in the valley earned a spot on the coveted Top 10 list. Foliage was listed 9th, with The Kitchen at Maison Estate coming in at 8th position. Not a stranger to this prestigious industry competition The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français secured the 4th position on the highly acclaimed list.

Wine Enthusiast names Andrea Mullineux 2016 “Winemaker of the Year”

US publication, Wine Enthusiast, has named Andrea Mullineux its 2016 Wine Star “Winemaker of the Year”. These prestigious international awards pay tribute to the people and companies that have not only achieved success in their diverse and dynamic industries but have made a meaningful impact on the way in which wine is marketed, perceived and enjoyed around the globe. This is the first time a South African winemaker has received this impressive honour and only the third woman winemaker winner in the 17-year history of the awards.

A tribute to Jenny Prinsloo, FWV CEO 2008 - 2016

Monday, 26 September was a day that many people in the wine industry, and more so Jenny Prinsloo’s life, won’t forget for a very long time. It was the day Franschhoek Wine Valley lost an integral member of a successful team. Sadly Jenny, who served as CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Valley since 2008, died tragically in a car accident en route to work along the Helshoogte Pass.

Spa treatments to be enjoyed at Babylonstoren this November

Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. We like to think of it as a living spa, set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad leiwater channels to set the tone. Some of our traditional treatment rooms are housed in our pavilion constructed of bamboo, which comprises a hammam, chill room and a gym.

Franschhoek Craft Festival - 5 November 2016

Get out of hand at the inaugural Franschhoek Craft Festival this summer. This one-of-a-kind festival takes place at Môreson—a blissful wine farm—on 5 November 2016 between 11am and 5pm.

A Sparkling Affair at Grande Provence

Join Grande Provence for A Sparkling Affair and embrace the shimmering Champagne lifestyle on the eve of the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival on Friday, 2 December.

Motor Movie Festival @ Franschhoek Motor Museum

The first film festival to be hosted in Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands will be the fabulous MMF @ FMM.  To the uninitiated that is the Motor Movie Festival @ Franschhoek Motor Museum. It is set for the 22nd and 23rd October 2016.

Franschhoek adds adventure tourism to its repertoire

Already a popular destination when it comes to food and wine experiences, Franschhoek has something fun and exciting in store for outdoor enthusiasts too. Adventure tourism in South Africa appeals to a thriving niche market and the Franschhoek Wine Valley caters to these needs with a variety of offerings. Ranging from a leisurely walk to an adrenalin pumping mountain bike trail there’s bound to be something in store for every outdoor fanatic.

Franschhoek Vignerons celebrate multiple wins at Michelangelo

Regarded as one of the most prestigious industry competitions of the year, the Franschhoek Vignerons celebrated with multiple wins at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The results were announced at a gala event held on 26 September.

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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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