Franschhoek Wine Valley

What to Experience

Franschhoek Bastille Festival
Join us on 15 & 16 July 2017
Franschhoek Wine Tram
This hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley.
Mystery Weekends
Surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. This is what the sellout Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are all about, and this year is no exception.
Garden & Art Tours
Take a guided tour of the gardens interspersed with artworks at Leeu Estates
La Motte’s Pierneef Experience
a special way of enjoying the finer things in life! Tuesday mornings at 10h30
Healing Garden
Blend your own herbal teas at Babylonstoren
Huguenot Monument
Vist the Huguenot Memorial Museum and Monument in 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.

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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

Regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital, visitors to the Franschhoek Wine Valley are spoilt for choice as they can include in their trip a sampling of the Valley’s finest artisanal and fresh produce. The Franschhoek Artisan Route affords visitors the opportunity to treat their taste buds to some of the…

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 is #OpenForWinter

Don’t let the cold weather get the better of you this Winter. Use the opportunity to venture to the Franschhoek Wine Valley which is #OpenForWinter. Come out from the cold and discover the amazing offers Franschhoek has in store for you this season. Cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food and so much more.

Allée Bleue and Holden Manz keep the Franschhoek flag flying high

Allée Bleue and Holden Manz excelled in this year’s Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report, with their respective wines each scoring 90 and above. Now in its third year, the annual competition, which was previously known as the Red Hot Wine Awards, received a total of 60 entries from 45 producers.

Father’s Day at Boschendal

Dad’s are so special. That’s why we’ve created the most delightful, dad-pleasing selection of treats at Boschendal Farm.

A visit to De Villiers Chocolate Café should be a daily ritual

Chocolate, once regarded as a ‘gift of the gods’ by the ancient Mayans, enjoyed a less favourable status when it first landed in Europe, where it was viewed with suspicion: the exhilaration and joy that cocoa elicited in consumers was seen as a devilish temptation, and chocolate became an ‘underground’ treat, enjoyed only by a daring few, who disregarded rules in favour of indulgence.

Babylonstoren wins Gourmet Getaway Award

National Geographic Traveller has announced the winners of its inaugural Big Sleep Awards, and Babylonstoren took home top honours in the Gourmet Getaway Award. Babylonstoren was signaled out as the cream of the accommodation crop in their category which included accommodation establishments from around the world.

Garden & Art Tours at Leeu Estates

A relaxing and rewarding way to spend a few hours is a visit to Leeu Estates, a five-star getaway ensconced in 68 hectares (168 acres) of landscaped gardens, manicured vineyards and indigenous fynbos in the Franschhoek valley, and to take a guided tour of the gardens interspersed with artworks. The tours provide an opportunity to connect with art and nature in serene and meditative spaces with exceptional views.

Haute Cabrière Restaurant gets ready for winter

Haute Cabrière Restaurant gets ready for winter with a classic steak special, Feast on Sundays and Pop-up dinners in Gauteng, Durban and Pretoria. Winter in the winelands is an exciting time, vines recover and prepare themselves for spring,  wood burns in cozy spaces, and menus get a hearty and comfort feel, to make venturing out in Franschhoek a warming occasion.

Gold for Franschhoek vignerons at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

The results for the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards are in and Franschhoek Wine Valley is proud to announce that three of its producers earned Gold at this prestigious event. These were awarded to Bellingham (Small Barrel Shiraz-Mouvèdre-Viognier 2014), Boschendal (Appellation Series Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Shiraz 2015) and Babylonstoren (Nebukadnesar 2014).

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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.