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Celebrating Moms in May

Make Mom feel extra special during the month of May by treating her to an unforgettable Franschhoek experience. Although Sunday, 13 May is officially Mother’s Day Franschhoek is open to Moms throughout this celebratory month with an array of delightful treats. Make the most of Mom’s experience and tailor make…

Tuk Tuk Microbrewery spices things up with new menu

Tuk Tuk, part of Leeu Collection and located on Franschhoek’s vibey main street is well known for its bespoke brews and Mexican food. The popular Taqueria has recently introduced mouth-watering new dishes on its updated menu. Created by the innovative chef Martin Senekal, the new menu was a direct outcome…

Dalewood does it again!

Looks are certainly deceiving when it comes to Dalewood Fromage, as this small dairy farm situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek punches well above its weight when bringing home the accolades. In November 2017 Dalewood had reason to end off the year on a high note with the excellent results…

Celebrate this Mother’s Day at The Franschhoek Beer Co.

Join us this Mother’s Day! Over the Mother’s Day weekend we will be offering a limited edition Mother’s Day beertail. Located just outside of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, nestled next to century old Oak trees you will find Tap|Eat, the home of The Franschoek Beer Co. Set on a farm with sprawling green…

Autumn in Franschhoek is undoubtedly the best season of the year

Autumn in Franschhoek is undoubtedly the best season of the year, albeit a short one.  The cooler days bring us relief from the summer heat, invigorates and revives us and tells us to get outdoors before the cold winter days start.  The vine leaves are starting to change from dark…

Grande Provence rolls out the red carpet on Mother’s Day

Let Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate treat your mom like a queen with a masterly crafted meal, gorgeous wines, or for the ultimate spoil, a luxurious weekend getaway in Franschhoek on Mother’s Day, Sunday, 13 May, In honour of his own mom, Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a delicious…

It is the perfect time to explore Babylonstoren

If you have not yet had the chance to explore Babylonstoren in Franschhoek, now is the perfect time to do so! With these amazing offers you can spoil yourself and your loved ones this Winter. Hurry and book your magical weekend away now. WINTER STAY Nothing like curling up in…

Top Franschhoek chefs team up for StreetSmart fundraiser

Three top Franschhoek chefs are putting on their super hero aprons in aid of the region’s most vulnerable children at a fabulous StreetSmart luncheon on Monday, 7 May 2018. Chefs Chris Erasmus, Darren Badenhorst and Neil Jewel are joining forces for this not-to-be-missed 3-course fund-raiser at Foliage Restaurant. StreetSmart SA,…

Embrace Autumn’s splendour with Franschhoek’s outdoor activities

Autumn is around the corner, and although it is one of the shorter seasons, it tends to be the most beautiful. Leaves turning from green to hues of orange and brown, and a slight yet welcome chill in the air as the days grow shorter and the nights longer. This…

An introduction to the Berg River Cape Camino

A Camino is an ongoing walking route providing a space for long distance walkers to introspect on their lives or to get fit or to meet people or simply to enjoy the country side. It is a very personal experience. The concept provides many creative opportunities to the region. Not…

Franschhoek returns to the Winter Sculpture Fair

The popular Winter Sculpture Fair, a sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, returns to the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park over the weekend of 12 and 13 May. Organisers of the event, Artlogic, have once again teamed up with the Franschhoek Wine Valley to bring to the fair the finest culinary…

South African Wine Estate shines in 2018 Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards

Enjoying internationally acclaim for the quality of its wine tourism offering, Franschhoek-based La Motte Wine Estate has again been acknowledged as Best Food and Wine Matching Experience in the 2018 edition of the Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards.  Comments from the judging panel included: “Great wine and food experience, fun, interesting and exciting…

Franschhoek’s Darren Badenhorst to showcase his skills during Goût de France

Le Coin Français’ Executive Chef, Darren Badenhorst, will get the opportunity to showcase his culinary skills this week at the fourth annual Goût de France (Good France) week which takes place during 19 to 25 March. The purpose of the initiative is to embrace and respect differences, the exchange of…

Klapmuts Primary ahead of the pack with E-learning devices

The Val de Vie Foundation believes that the difference between schools reaching their full potential and those that don’t, is not due to social background, but rather the under resourcing of schools. Klapmuts Primary has a visionary principal, Mr. Ronnie Frans, and first-class teachers who have embraced e-Learning to its full extent.…

KOPANO – Guided Walk & Dining with Locals Experience

MONDAYS & FRIDAYS (11am to 14:00 pm) Kopano – (which means “Gathering” in Sotho) is a fundraising initiative that the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy have developed to help raise funds to cover our operating costs (which are increasing by the day) as well as to provide a training platform for our Students to…

Inspired by the grape | 24 March 2018

The grape, small and unpretentious, yet responsible for a worldwide phenomenon which has resulted in a plethora of superb wine varietals we have come to love and appreciate throughout the years. On Saturday, 24 March Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate in Franschhoek will pay homage to this bountiful fruit by hosting a special grape inspired…

Serene family Easter picnic at Grande Provence in Franschhoek

Enjoy a relaxed family picnic this Easter Sunday complete with an Easter egg hunt for the kids, a wide variety of delicious country-style eats and fabulous wines at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. In addition to picnic baskets filled to the brim, visitors can opt for a selection of lighter foods…

Soak up the last rays of Summer in Franschhoek

With a slight chill in the air in the mornings it is a gentle reminder to us that Summer is drawing to a close and Autumn is dusting off her coat to make a brief appearance before Winter sets in. With the seasons changing what better excuse to linger longer…

3 Harvest-Time Recipes with Grapes – by Babylonstoren

To get a taste of what Babylonstoren chefs do when they get their hands on the season’s yield, try out any one of these harvest-time recipes.       WOOD-FIRED PIZZA WITH SLOW-ROASTED GRAPES, FENNEL AND FIOR DI LATTE This is how we like our pizza during harvest time: a…

Top 5 for Pearl Valley Golf Course at Val de Vie Estate

Golf Digest today announced that Pearl Valley, Val de Vie Estate’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, has been ranked as the 5th best golf course in the country. The course was also ranked as the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape. The biennial ‘Golf Digest Top 100 Courses…

It’s Gold for Babylonstoren and La Residence

The Babylonstoren Hotel has once again secured a spot on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. This is the third time in a row that the luxurious boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, has been acknowledged by this internationally recognized lifestyle and travel publication.…

Say “I love you!” in Franschhoek this Valentine’s Day

We’re not sure if it’s our breathtaking mountains, our small village atmosphere or our world-class food and wine that makes Franschhoek such a perfect place for romance, but so many people here find it easy to say “I love you”.       This year, on Valentine’s Day, lovers, friends…

Picnic amidst the vines at Grande Provence Harvest Festival

Get ready for barrels of fun in the vineyards, fine wines and a laid back country picnic at the annual Grande Provence Harvest Festival in Franschhoek on Saturday, 24 February 2018.       Kicking off at 09h30, the Harvest Festival has lined up a fun-filled morning of tractor rides,…

The La Motte Harvest Experience – A celebration of Winelands traditions

The energy of harvest time in the Winelands is infectious! To share the excitement, La Motte wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley invites guests to participate in a special Harvest Experience presented for the duration of the 2018 harvest. Enjoy the unique harvest time traditions and practices on a guided…

It’s a hat-trick for Babylonstoren

The Babylonstoren Hotel has once again secured a spot on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. This is the third time in a row that the luxurious boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, has been acknowledged by this internationally recognized lifestyle and travel publication.…

Franschhoek still welcomes visitors in spite of the current drought

Franschhoek still welcomes visitors in spite of the current drought, with tourists flocking to the valley ready to discover all that it has to offer. However, as beautiful as the region is, the Western Cape of which we’re part of, is experiencing a significant drought. As of 1 February the…

The Santa Shoebox Project

Last year the Franschhoek Wine Valley team once again participated in the successful Santa Shoebox Project. The initiative collects and distributes gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia. The success of the Project can largely be attributed to its personal nature – donors give gifts to…

The Best Franschhoek Weekend Get-Away

Desperate for a reprieve from work and the stresses of life, but can only afford to take a few days out? Then you need a weekend get-away to the picturesque and culturally rich Franschhoek Valley. Why Franschhoek? Photo Credit: Brittany Hawkins Tucked away in a beautiful, centuries-old wine country valley…

Franschhoek Wine Valley and Dwarsrivier hosts media as part of the CWDM Media Educational

In early November a group of wine, lifestyle and tourism media were treated to a two-day experience in the picture perfect Franschhoek Wine Valley and Dwarsrivier regions. This formed part of a Media Educational sponsored by the Cape Winelands District Municipality whereby relevant local tourism authorities (LTA’s) are required to…

New programme of Cooking Demo’s at Leopard’s Leap

Since introducing a special programme of Cooking Demonstrations around its centrepiece Kitchen Table, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards have been entertaining those passionate about all things culinary to an exceptional experience of cooking, eating and wining! The amicable Chef Pieter de Jager will be demonstrating thematic dishes while involving participants in…

New MCC duo make their debut at Grande Provence

Grande Provence has launched two new uplifting Méthode Cap Classiques – a shimmering Brut and an enchanting Rosé – at this landmark Franschhoek heritage wine estate. Taking their bow alongside the flagship Grande Provence Vintage Brut 2011, the two new non-vintage Cap Classiques are elegant with a racy palate guaranteed…

Extraordinary gifts at Babylonstoren

A merry Christmas needs extraordinary gifts. Explore Babylonstoren's online shop for joy-giving things inspired by their farm plus delicious new Christmas arrivals. Charm even the choosiest of friends or family with one-of-a-kind gifts for the festive season and beyond. For more information visit www.babylonstoren.com/shop

Franschhoek eateries excel at 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

Social media platforms went into overdrive on Sunday, 19 November during the countdown to this year’s Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, and once again Franschhoek eateries did not disappoint. In the past only 10 of SA’s finest made it onto the prestigious list, but this year the list was expanded…

Franschhoek Vignerons come out tops in Platter

The wine industry was abuzz recently with the launch of the Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2018, which was also used to announce the highly anticipated 5-star rated wines. Franschhoek Vignerons did not disappoint, with a total of six producers receiving the prestigious rating. The 5-star winning…

Maison Estate and Chefs Warehouse join forces

Franschhoek boutique wine estate Maison Estate is delighted to announce that Chefs Warehouse will move into The Kitchen restaurant premises from 1 December 2017 to create Chefs Warehouse at Maison. This will be Chef Liam Tomlin’s fourth eatery, joining the Chefs Warehouse and Canteen on Bree Street, Thali in Gardens,…

A Grande Provence Sparkling Affair

Join Grande Provence for an uplifting evening of Méthode Cap Classique at their Sparkling Affair on Friday, 1 December 2017, and be the first to taste their new MCC range on the eve of the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival. Making their debut, the new Grande Provence Cap Classiques,…

New Summer Menu at Babylonstoren

This summer, we seek unique and unusual tastes and textures. Our menu explores scent, touch and taste to create a multilevel experience. We optimise the luxury of harvesting from our garden by using as much of each plant as we can in order to minimise waste. New plants from our…

Franschhoek Vignerons come out tops at 2017 Prescient Chardonnay Report

A total of seven Franschhoek Vignerons secured a spot in the seventh annual Prescient Chardonnay Report, which was published on 18 October. Each of these wines were scored 90+ out of a possible 100 points. A total of 91 entries from 63 producers were received, which were tasted blind by…

More than art at this year’s Art Franschhoek

Visitors to this weekend’s 2nd annual Art Franschhoek will be treated to something extra when visiting the valley. Taking the art offering up a level is the introduction of a performing arts group known as the Franschhoek Theatre, who under the leadership of founder Jeffrey Siqwayi, will be delighting visitors…

Celebration of Angels at Grande Provence in December

A celebration of angels in the form of a group exhibition by contemporary artists and a heavenly wine and nougat tasting, takes centre stage at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate this December. Hosted by The Gallery at Grande Provence, the Angels Tears Exhibition, will take you into the realm of…

Franschhoek’s Foliage Restaurant voted one of Trip Advisors’ Top 10 Restaurants

The award-winning Foliage Restaurant has reaffirmed its position as one of South Africa’s top restaurants. The list of Top 10 Best Fine Dining Establishments, as voted for by TripAdvisor travelers, placed the restaurant in 5th position in the top restaurants in South Africa. In the Africa listing Foliage was placed…

How to spend 24 heartwarming hours in the beautiful Franschhoek

We invited writer Dawn Jorgensen out to Franschhoek for a 24 hours experience recently. During her visit to Franschhoek she visited La Motte wine estate, explored the Franschhoek Motor Museum, met some of the beautiful farm animals at the Farm Sanctuary SA and enjoyed the cuisine of Foliage. Her trip…

Leeu Estates is South Africa’s Leading Wine Country Hotel

Leeu Collection’s flagship property, Leeu Estates, has been named South Africa’s leading Wine Country Hotel 2017 at the World Travel Awards Africa gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda on Tuesday 10 October 2017. This major success comes hot on the heels of Leeu Estates being announced as the only South…

Rustic French style picnics at Grande Provence

Make the most of summer in the Franschhoek winelands with a rustic picnic in true French style under majestic oaks at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Prepared by Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst, the Grande Provence summer picnic basket is filled to the brim with delightful baguettes, artisanal brie, locally cured…

A Fundraiser and Culinary Experience like no other

Franschhoek, known as the Wine and Food Capital of the Western Cape but among all this beauty is a dire need for trained and skilled professionals within the hospitality industry. However, there isn’t an affordable institution within this area to provide disadvantaged youth, the right to a well-recognized education and…

A quartet of culinary creations

It’s time to pack away the Winter blues and celebrate the splendor of Spring. A time for celebrations, superb wines and world-class cuisine – treating your taste buds to the culinary creations of the Four Coursemen. Borne out of their passion for creating world-class food the Four Coursemen Series is…

Val de Vie is the number one residential estate in South Africa

New World Wealth 2017 ratings for the top ten residential estates in the country reveal that Val de Vie Estate takes first place for a third consecutive year. Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director and Shareholder of Val de Vie comments: “As with sport, the real challenge is to stay on top…

A New Menu at The Kitchen at Maison

The Kitchen at Maison, the celebrated restaurant where inspired culinary dishes and acclaimed wines come together in the perfect Franschhoek setting recently updated their locally inspired seasonal menu. The food philosophy at The Kitchen has always been to keep it simple. Each dish has been stripped down to its essence, yet…

Revamped and revisited – a new table is set at Leopard’s Leap

Known for an innovative and passionate approach to relaxed dining and the enthusiastic encouragement of home cooking, Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards is proud to present a fresh interpretation of its cooking programme. Setting the scene in a refurbished, trendy kitchen, is a centre-piece table that is warm and welcoming despite…

Terbodore Coffee Roasters Goes Bold with New Colourful and Clever Bags

Eye-Catching New Packaging with Innovative and Practical Opening Mechanism Launched Franschhoek, 4 September, 2017:  Terbodore Coffee Roasters has launched their fresh new packaging. Sporting bold colours and an opening mechanism that’s a South African first, it allows coffee lovers to keep their coffee fresh and sealed in the bag without…

Franschhoek Regional Prestige Agri Awards

The 4th annual Regional Western Cape Agri Prestig Awards Function was held in Franschhoek at Boschendal on the 8th August 2017. This initiative, previously known as the Farmworker of the Year competition, honours excellence in the province’s agriculture sector. This initiative is co-sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture…

Do you have CHANGE4TWENTY?

The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy and Learning Centre is set to open in January 2018 to serve the youth in our surrounding disadvantaged communities, by bringing light and a hopeful future to those who need it most. How do we do this? To pilot this project, we will be offering 20…

The ‘ultimate’ wine list includes some of Franschhoek’s 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, and the winning wines for 2017 have been announced with five Franschhoek vignerons shining in their relevant categories.…

Môreson’s MKM 2015 is an Absa Top 10 Pinotage trophy winner

Môreson has been included in the prestigious line up of South Africa’s Pinotage producers for the 2017 Absa Top 10 Pinotage wines, receiving the coveted trophy for its MKM 2015. The results were announced on 3 August at a special function held at Cavalli Wine Estate, which was attended by…

Breaking: La Petite Colombe to open in Franschhoek 1 August

La Petite Colombe set to open at newly renovated Le Quartier Français this week. Franschhoek – the world renown and picturesque food and wine capital of South Africa, is abuzz with the imminent opening of the iconic La Colombe’s new La Petite Colombe, which is replacing The Tasting Room at Le…

Treat yourself this Winter at the Garden Spa at Babylonstoren

Like everything else at Babylonstoren, the Garden Spa is inextricably linked to the garden and the ever-changing seasons. It is a living spa, set within a forest of bamboo with tranquil greenery and a myriad leiwater channels to set the tone. Some of their traditional treatment rooms are housed in the pavilion constructed of…

Sizzling hot winter lunch and dinner offer at Grande Provence

Take advantage of the annual winter offer at Grande Provence in Franschhoek and savour perfection on a plate off the sumptuous winter menu at The Restaurant. Taylor made for locals until the end of September, the winter offer entails a two-course lunch for R395 per person and a three-course dinner…

Celebrating French culture at the 24th annual DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival

The 24th annual DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival celebrated France’s Independence Day as a centuries-old French Huguenot fête on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 July 2017 in South Africa’s “French Quarter” of Franschhoek. The festival offered a weekend of pure entertainment, great food and amazing experiences highlighted by traditional French delicacies…

Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends are the talk of the town

Have you booked for the next Franschhoek Mystery Weekend? If you haven’t you’re missing out on a weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. Packaged to perfection your weekend holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. And the best part is…

A weekend of French flair in Franschhoek

The Food & Wine Marquee is where most of the food and wine action happens during the annual DStv Franschhoek Bastille Festival in Franschhoek. With over 20 of Franschhoek's wineries and almost as many local food stands, the festival promises to excite wine buffs and foodies alike! The Food & Wine…

La Motte presents an evening of Vintage Wine and Venison

Enjoying international acclaim for the quality of its food and wine offering, La Motte wine estate’s passionate wine and culinary team invites guests to an evening of Vintage Wine and Venison in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant. Experience the renowned hospitality of the estate with an innovative 5-course menu by…

Franschhoek is #OpenforWinter

Contrary to belief that Winter in the Western Cape is a time to stay indoors and hibernate, a recent day out in Franschhoek has shown that the exact opposite is true indeed! Franschhoek with its cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food and so much more is the perfect destination…

Grande Provence Sensory Experience – a feast of regional expression

Embark on a sensory food and wine journey when Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek presents the first of three gourmet evenings inspired by expressions of the major wine regions of France, on Friday, 28 July 2017. Each evening will focus on a different theme to showcase the best…

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…

Terbodore’s Big Dog Café opens in Franschhoek

Have you heard the news yet? Terbodore Coffee Roasters has moved into their new premises and their flagship roastery now showcases all that is special about Terbodore.  With their move they have also added an exciting new addition to their roastery – the Big Dog Café! The coffee shop offers delicious breakfasts and lunches…

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. If your dad is an outdoorsy type that enjoys the countryside, then this one is for him. Treat him to a delicious ''platter to table'' style picnic at the Olive Press barn.…

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’…

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. The judging panel comprised…

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…

Gold for Franschhoek Vignerons at 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Franschhoek producers have excelled yet again bringing home Gold at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The results were announced on 30 May at a special awards ceremony attended by producers and members of the media. The Gold medal winners were Allée Bleue (Allée Bleue Pinotage 2015), Boschendal (Boschendal…

Fruit, families and furniture

Boschendal’s Orchard Cottages are a mecca for families and lovers of design Inspired by the mountains and orchards Ideal for families who enjoy privileged access to the estate ‘Foraged’ repurposed furnishings from the farm Beautiful amenities including a pool and braai area Family friendly activities like mountain biking and fruit…

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…

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…

Diverse & opulent winter menu sizzles at Grande Provence

Experience the opulence of diverse cuisine styles and savour perfection on a plate with the sizzling hot winter menu at The Restaurant at Grande Provence in Franschhoek. Drawing from the best local seasonal produce and embracing a variety of cuisine styles and cooking methods from around the world, Executive Chef…

The Leeu Collection extends its hospitality footprint

The Leeu Collection is proud to announce its partnership with Indian celebrity chef and restaurateur, Ritu Dalmia. In partnership with chef Ritu, the Leeu Collection will roll out an international restaurant portfolio, with the first two restaurants to open in Milan, Italy in the latter part of 2017 and the…

La Petite Colombe set to open in Franschhoek

Franschhoek – the world renowned and picturesque food and wine capital of South Africa, is abuzz with the imminent opening of the iconic La Colombe’s new La Petite Colombe, which is replacing The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français – an exciting new partnership with the owners of the stylish…

Leeu Estates only South African property on Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2017

Leeu Estates, the exclusive South African five-star boutique property situated in Franschhoek, is one of a selected few hotels in the world, and the only South African property, to appear on Condé Nast Traveler's HOT LIST for 2017 in the category for Africa and the Middle East. This comes shortly…

Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert

Don’t miss out on sampling some of SA’s finest Shiraz wines at this year’s Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek on Saturday, 27 May (12pm to 5pm). A selection of delicious charcuterie accompanying the Shiraz means the event is guaranteed to be a culinary match made in…

Margot Janse – a Franschhoek legacy in her own right

Over the course of 21 years Executive Chef and Franschhoek local, Margot Janse has created a name for herself both locally and abroad, collecting top accolades for her much loved African-inspired cuisine. Her passion for food played a vital role in putting The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français firmly…

Franschhoek Vignerons shine at this year’s 10 Year Old Wine Awards

La Bri and Haut Espoir excelled at this year’s 10 Year Old Wine Awards, which were announced on 19 April. 72 entries from 41 producers were received, and these were tasted blind by the three person panel, and scored according to the 100 point quality scale. La Bri was awarded…

Franschhoek returns to the Winter Sculpture Fair

The popular Winter Sculpture Fair, a sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, returns to the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park over the weekend of 13 and 14 May. Organisers of the event, Artlogic, has once again teamed up with the Franschhoek Wine Valley to bring to the fair…

Franschhoek amongst the finest at 2017 National Wine Challenge / Top 100 SA Wines

The National Wine Challenge, which incorporates Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine-only event in South Africa, announced its winning wines at a special event held on 25 April. The Franschhoek producers included in the lineup of Top 100 SA Wines were La Motte, Boschendal, Rickety Bridge, Bellingham and Babylonstoren.…

Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are back!

Surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. This is what the sellout Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are all about, and this year is no exception. If you haven’t booked one of these you’re missing out. Packaged to perfection your weekend holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, delectable food, fun experiences and…

Cosying up for winter at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards

Conventionally a time to hibernate, this year, winter at Leopard's Leap will see some exciting renovations!  The kitchen, run by the passionate Chef Pieter de Jager and well-known for its popular hands-on cooking classes, delicious Rotisserie lunches and those delightful bites for the weekly food and wine pairing, will be…

La Petite Ferme to dazzle with Wine & Food Experiences

Indulge your inner gastronome this winter and snap up a seat (or two) at the exclusive Wine & Food Experience presented by La Petite Ferme mountainside estate in Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa. Four dinners are scheduled as part of the Wine & Food Experience that takes place…

La Motte Wine and Food Tasting Experience

It is all about perfect balance! The weight of the dish is the most important consideration, and this depends as much on the way the ingredients are cooked as on the flavours of the ingredients themselves. The key is to balance the weight of the food with the weight of…

Franschhoek Vignerons make a statement at the annual Wine Label Design Awards

The results for the third annual Wine Label Design Awards have been announced and Franschhoek vignerons received recognition for their innovative and eye catching labels. Babylonstoren was awarded a Bronze medal in the Single wine selling for over R80 a bottle category, which was awarded to its Babylonstoren Babel 2015…

The Winter Sculpture Fair returns to Nirox on 13 and 14 May, 2017

An international sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, complete with exquisite food and wine from the Franschhoek Valley. #WinterSculptureFair Artlogic’s popular Winter Sculpture Fair returns to the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind on the weekend of 13 and 14 May, 2017. Join us…

Franschhoek Excels at Mayoral Tourism Awards

In an awards ceremony held on 29 March the Franschhoek Wine Valley was presented with the Best Tourism-Related Events Award at the annual Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards. Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Jenny Prinsloo, who passed away tragically late last year, was also honoured at the ceremony with…

Italian-inspired bakery nights at Babylonstoren – a must do!

The Babylonstoren Bakery offers scrumptious Italian-inspired evening meals, but also supplies their shop with freshly baked bread to be enjoyed with delicious local cheeses from their Cheese Room.They grow their own wheat on the farm which is stoneground after harvest. This flour is sold in the Farm Shop, but is also used by the farm's own…

L’Ormarins MCC and nougat – a pairing of the senses

The latest offering to emerge from the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room is guaranteed to get your taste buds tickling with delight, as the L’Ormarins MCC and nougat pairing takes bubbly enjoyment to the next level. Breaking with tradition the estate’s three L’Ormarins Methodé Cap Classiques (MCC) have each been paired…

Franschhoek Vignerons excel at 2017 Cab Franc Challenge

The winners of the 2nd South African Cabernet Franc Challenge, which included two Franschhoek producers, were announced last week at an exclusive event in Stellenbosch. My Wyn secured a position on the sought after Top 6 list for their 2014 Cabernet Franc. The judging panel had a tough time selecting…

Toast the harvest at Mont Rochelle this Saturday

This March Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyard invites budding vintners to experience the rich traditions that go into every drop of Mont Rochelle wine with its Harvest Festival. On Saturday 11th March guests will be welcomed to Country Kitchen for a light breakfast before being chauffeured, wine maker style,…

Blend your own herbal teas at Babylonstoren

We invite you to enjoy the healing garden at Babylonstoren as a quiet space, slowing down and blending herbal teas as guided by gardener Gundula. Seated on the floor of the shaded bamboo gloriette, a selection of savoury and sweet confections is served to complement the infusions you create. Only fresh, seasonal ingredients…

Franschhoek’s finest to cook up a storm with Montréal’s finest

Regarded as one of South Africa’s celebrated chefs, Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine, situated in Franschhoek, will soon be showcasing his world-class talents at the Montréal En Lumière Festival in Canada. He, together with 11 other chefs from across the globe have been invited to create a culinary masterpiece…

Leeu Estates named as one of the best new hotels on Travel + Leisure’s It List 2017

Leeu Collection is pleased to announce that Leeu Estates has been featured on Travel + Leisure's It List 2017.  Leeu Estates and the other award-winning properties will appear in the March issue of Travel + Leisure and can also be found on TravelandLeisure.com.   Every year, Travel + Leisure editors and contributors vet the most exciting…

Franschhoek Summer Wines 2017 in pictures

On Saturday 4th February 2017, we hosted the 6th annual Franschhoek Summer Wines at Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards. This event is a celebration of the valley's summer whites, rosés, MCCs and light reds. All of the wines are chosen specifically by our winemakers to showcase what they believe is Franschhoek’s…

Grande Provence rolls out the barrel on Harvest Day

Celebrate the 2017 grape harvest with Grande Provence Heritage Wines Estate in Franschhoek on Saturday, 25 February, when barrels of fun in the heartland of South African wine country will be the order of the day. The annual Grande Provence Harvest Festival kicks off at 08h00 with coffee and freshly…

Cast your vote in the 2017 Klink Awards!

It’s that time of the year when consumers throughout South Africa are called upon to vote for their favourite in the annual Klink Awards, and the Franschhoek Bastille Festival has been nominated as one of South Africa’s best wine festivals. This French inspired wine, food and lifestyle festival in Franschhoek,…

Grande Provence turns on the charm for Valentine’s Dinner under the stars

Surprise your Valentine with the ultimate romantic dinner under Franschhoek stars in the Sculpture Garden at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Nothing says “I love you” like an intimate dining experience in the elegant Restaurant at Grande Provence or your own private, luxuriously draped outdoor pavilion on Valentine’s Day. Couples…

Franschhoek luxury accommodation – on top of the world

The 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards were recently announced, and once again Franschhoek has proven a popular destination amongst its voters. Five luxury accommodation establishments secured a spot on the prestigious list of Top Hotels in the World. Divided into various categories the establishments who made it onto the list…

Private SPACE / Public PLACE A Photographic exhibition by Matthew Willman

Art in The Yard Presents   Private SPACE / Public PLACE A Photographic exhibition by Matthew Willman   OPENING SATURDAY 11TH FEBUARY 2017 From 11am The Exhibition will run until 2nd March 2017   I'm sure of Matthew's gift, it's not an issue…he connects with his passion…the rest just follows.”…

La Petite Ferme expands the horizon with its new stellar Chardonnay

There are few places with views that match wine so exquisitely as La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek. Now, the boutique winery complements its exquisite rainbow palette of premium wines with the latest release of its Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. Exclusively available from the estate, the outstanding La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented…

Bobaas Bonsai – Penjing Display in the Puff Adder at Babylonstoren

And just like that 2017 appeared! We ring in the new year with a first of its kind, a penjing exhibition in Africa with 50 trees currently on display in the Puff Adder. These miniature sculptured trees all live in containers and are on loan from generous bonsai artists, with the…

Welcome to our new FWV CEO!

The board of Franschhoek Wine Valley are pleased to announce that Reinher Behrens has been appointed as the CEO of The Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Authority NPC (FWV) commencing 1 February 2017.  Reinher has spent much of his working career in senior leadership positions at TBWA Hunt Lascaris, as CEO…

Win tickets to 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! Come and taste the Franschhoek Vigneron’s choice for summer. White, rosé, Méthode Cap Classique and light reds – all will be revealed on the day! Want to join us this year? We are giving…

Going for Gold…Twice

It has most certainly been a fruitful year for Babylonstoren. Adding to their already long list of accolades for 2016, they’ve recently been selected as one of the 20 best hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveller UK Gold List. On top of this amazing achievement they have also been listed…

Babylonstorens strikes gold

Situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, Babylonstoren has secured a spot on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller UK Gold List for 2017: 20 Best Hotels in the World.  The editors’ picks for the top hotels in the world span six continents and 47 countries. Earlier this year Babylonstoren was…

Franschhoek Summer Wines | 4 February 2017

Get ready for a high summer celebration at this year’s Franschhoek Summer Wines, Saturday, 4 February at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Come and taste the Franschhoek Vigneron’s choice for summer. White, rosé, Méthode Cap Classique and light reds – all will be revealed on the day! The wines have been…

Spoil someone special with the Babylonstoren Christmas Hamper

R 2 295.00 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 the Babylonstoren farm. There is something to sip on, something to snack on and something for bathtime to engulf the senses. From the…

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…

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…

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…

Five stars for five Franschhoek wineries in the 2017 Platter SA Wine Guide

The much anticipated launch of the 2017 Platter’s SA Wine Guide took place on Monday, 31 October and once again Franschhoek Vignerons were exemplary ambassadors to the valley. A total of 94 five-star wines, as well as one new five-star brandy, are featured in the 2017 guide. Five Franschhoek producers…

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…

La Motte Overall Winner: Best Farming Practices at 2016 Nedbank Green Wine Awards

La Motte Wine Estate is delighted about its latest recognition as the Overall Winner for Best Farming Practices in the 2016 Nedbank Green Wine Awards as well as being acknowledged as the Leader in Community Development. “Judges in the Best Farming Practices category looked at not only what goes into…

Franschhoek Craft Festival – 5 November 2016

Definition of Craft: An activity involving skill in making things by hand; denoting or relating to food or drink made in a traditional or non-mechanised way by an individual or a small company Get out of hand at the inaugural Franschhoek Craft Festival this summer. This one-of-a-kind festival takes place…

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. After making their debut at the Franschhoek Festival with their maiden Méthode Cap Classique last year, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate has…

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. Few places other than Anthonij Rupert Wyne…

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…

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. The internationally recognized competition gives local wines the opportunity of…

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…

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. The 2016 Vitis Vinifera Awards saw a big surge in the number of entries from the previous year. A wide spectrum of…

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. Botha, whose mixed media sculptures have been exhibited across the globe but…

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…

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. “What…

Our favourite Franschhoek Bastille Festival moments from 2016!

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.  See you all again next year! Related Posts A few Franschhoek Bastille Festival memories…

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…

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. Le Quartier…

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. Located between the mountainside and river with spectacular views of the Franschhoek valley, this unique property on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) is the…

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. According to founder, Christian Eedes,…

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. Just over 200 wines were…

Franschhoek Vignerons see Gold at Concours Mondial 2016

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. The medals were awarded to the following wines: DGB’s Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2013 Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2015 La Motte…

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…

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! The Food & Wine Marquee, set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument, is the place to…

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…

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…

Franschhoek gears up to host the prestigious Délice Network of Good Food Cities

Franschhoek, regarded by those in the know as South Africa’s Culinary Capital, will play host to The Délice Network of Good Food Cities of the World Conference from 7 to 9 April 2016, where member cities will meet to discuss the benefits of promoting global food and wine tourism. Twenty-one…

Please support the Langrug back to school drive

On 14 March 42 shacks in the Langrug community in Franschhoek were destroyed by an uncontrolled fire. Many unexpectedly lost their homes and possessions. Although Disaster Management and support groups are in full swing supporting the community where they can, there is still a dire need for new school uniforms for…

Get ready for the Franschhoek Easter Bake Off!

With Easter around the corner, our restaurants and delis will be putting forward their best Easter treats for us. From scrumptious breakfasts, to delicious home baked bread and sweet treats, you will be sure to find something special to tickle your taste buds! This year, we would like you to…

Franschhoek Mystery Weekends – it’s all about relaxation, indulgence and intrigue

Surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. This is what the sell out Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are all about, and this year is no exception. If you haven’t booked one of these you’re missing out. Packaged to perfection your weekend holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, delectable food, fun experiences…

Franschhoek, a traveller’s dream destination

The Franschhoek Wine Valley, has secured the number seven spot on Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations, as listed on their digital platform www.winemag.com. Franschhoek, the only South African wine destination to be mentioned, shares the spotlight with other internationally recognized and tourist rich destinations, which include Spain,…

The Winter Sculpture Fair returns to Nirox on 7 and 8 May 2016

Artlogic’s popular Winter Sculpture Fair returns to the Nirox Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind on the weekend of 7 and 8 May 2016. This year the Nirox Foundation has partnered with Yorkshire Sculpture Park to create a remarkable exhibition of 40 international and local works. Experience this world-class…

Vote for our Wine Dog of the Year and win

To celebrate the launch of our printable Franschhoek Wine Dog Calendar for 2016 we invite you to enter our competition below… We’d like to know which Franschhoek wine dog is your favourite! Simply download the 2016 Franschhoek Wine Dog Calendar here and then tell us in the comments section of the…

Download our Printable DIY Wine Dog Calendar

Franschhoek’s wine dogs play a special part in everyday life. Not only can they tell our winemakers when to start harvesting by simply smelling the grapes, they also play an integral part in welcoming visitors to their farms, they are also often childminders, cork-chasers, and above all our winemakers’ best…

Grande Provence celebrates month of love with luxurious wine and chocolate pairings

Indulge in the ultimate month of love at Grande Provence with a luxurious tasting of wine-infused chocolates, custom-made by Franschhoek chocolatier Huguenot Fine Chocolates, and three perfect wine partners. Presented during the entire month of February at the Tasting Room at Grande Provence, visitors can enjoy this seductive pairing of…

Join us at the 2016 Franschhoek Wedding Showcase

It’s where wedding dreams become a reality. Offering the perfect, and without a doubt most romantice settings, find out why Franschhoek is one of the world’s favourite wedding destinations at this year’s Franschhoek Wedding Showcase, Saturday, 16 April. Tailor made to suit any bride’s budget Franschhoek has it all –…

Cupid shoots his arrow straight to Franschhoek this Valentine’s Day

Imagine celebrating Valentine’s Day with that someone special somewhere romantic, which meets all the criteria. Romance, amazing views, delicious food and world-class wines. Well, look no further than the Franschhoek Wine Valley for the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience. With something for every romantic at heart you’ll be assured of an…

Franschhoek AGP Top 10 Winners Announced

There was much anticipation surrounding the Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige (AGP) Top 10 announcement, which took place on Friday 8 January 2016, where Môreson’s Mercator 2013 secured the top position. AGP was established in 2013 with the aim of rewarding producers who focus on bottling premium quality Wine of Origin…

WIN with Gifts from Franschhoek this Valentine’s Day

Whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day most of us still secretly love being spoilt on this day. In the end it is still a great excuse for the romantics at heart out there to be a tad bit soppy by saying “I love you!”. But honestly it’s not always…

Grande Provence is the ultimate romantic getaway

Woo your beloved this Valentine’s Day with a romantic lunch or dinner at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Framed by a backdrop of lush vines and majestic mountains, this tranquil setting is the ultimate getaway for a day of romance. On arrival, couples will be welcomed with flutes…

Summer inspired menu at the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar

Gorgeous views, superb wines and a delicious summer inspired menu. This is what you can expect when you next visit the Terra del Capo Antipasto Bar at the Anthonij Rupert Wyne estate in Franschhoek. Great care has been taken to present guests with dishes bursting with all of the colours,…

Win four tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet and the wine is ice cold! It’s summer! Come and celebrate with us at Franschhoek Summer Wines on Saturday 6 February 2016. To win four tickets to the event, simply tell us how you would spend the perfect Summer’s day in Franschhoek. To enter…

Meet Eames our Franschhoek Wine Dog for December!

Nestled in the Valley of the Huguenots, one of the world’s premier wine destinations, is Maison Estate. Established in 2005, this youthful vineyard had been a long-time dream of Chris Weylandt, owner of renowned furniture and homeware retailer, Weylandts. Antwan Bondesio, Maison’s acclaimed winemaker began working at the farm in…

Join us at Franschhoek Summer Wines on Saturday 6 February 2016

Get ready for a high summer celebration at this year’s Franschhoek Summer Wines, Saturday, 6 February at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Come and taste the Franschhoek Vigneron’s choice for summer. White, rosé or Méthode Cap Classique – all will be revealed on the day! The winemakers have carefully selected their…

Boschendal and La Motte excel at Best of Wine Tourism Awards

Both members of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, La Motte and Boschendal were announced as the Cape Town Regional Winners at this year’s 2016 Great Wine Capital Global Network Best of Wine Tourism Awards. The awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the eight greatest wine regions in…

Franschhoek to host the prestigious Délice Network of Good Food Cities

Franschhoek, regarded by those in the know as South Africa’s Culinary Capital, will play host to The Délice Network of Good Food Cities of the World Conference in early April 2016. Délice is an international network of likeminded cities engaged in promoting the benefits of culinary excellence and good food. …

Franschhoek Wine Valley ends off 2015 with a stellar performance

In an awards ceremony held on 4 December the Franschhoek Wine Valley was awarded, for the fourth time, the title of Best Local Tourism Authority Information Service (LTA) of the Year, at the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.   The prestigious and highly sought after award is bestowed…

Beluga – our Franschhoek wine dog for the month of November

Beluga, the youngest member in a family of six furry friends, is our featured Franschhoek Wine Dog for November.  Beluga belongs to Basil and Jane Landau who reside on the farm La Brie, home to South Africa’s heritage Semillon. One of two Great Danes, Beluga and Luna have a very…

Eat Out Awards rates Franschhoek’s establishments amongst SA’s finest

Congratulations to Executive Chef Margot Janse and her team from The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français who have yet again been recognised as one of SA’s finest restaurants. The restaurant secured the number three slot for one of the top restaurants at the 2015 Mercedes Benz Eat Out Awards.…

South African Festival Bucket List

From stunning visual art and live music, to superb food and wine – South African festivals are known to set the stage for adventure and fun. There’s nothing quite like a traditional jamboree that bring locals together and allow us to celebrate aspects of our culture and heritage. The Franschhoek…

Franschhoek wins Most Memorable Wine Route Award

Franschhoek is a favourite with consumers for a fourth consecutive year! One of SA’s leading wine regions and the country’s Culinary Capital, has once again been voted by KLINK supporters as the Most Memorable Wine Route for the fourth year in a row. The results were announced at a special…

Franschhoek producers see stars at Platter awards

Reaffirming its position as one of SA’s leading wine producing regions four Franschhoek producers were awarded the prestigious 5-star rating for their wines in the soon to be released Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2016. Keeping Franschhoek top of mind throughout the night the following producers were…

South African Hotels dominate Condé Nast Traveller’s List

Regarded as one of the industry’s most prestigious lists, South African hotels dominated the 2015 Condé Nast Traveller’s List of the Top 25 hotels in Africa. Three of these hotels are Franschhoek based, which has reaffirmed the valley as a favourite destination amongst travellers.  The list is part of the…

Meet Renton, our wine dog for October!

This month we feature our youngest Wine Dog, Renton, an eight-month-old Jack Russell, who calls Topiary Wines home. Named after one of the characters from the cult film Trainspotting, Renton belongs to Sales Manager, Lawrence White.  Renton loves nothing more than chasing after tennis balls or vineyard sticks. Not a…

Franschhoek producers celebrate their Veritas wins

It was smiles all around for the Boschendal winemaking team who earned a coveted Double Gold medal for their Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée 2015 at the recent 2015 Veritas Awards. Not stopping there the historic wine farm, situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley was also awarded a…

Ten (real) reasons why to come to Franschhoek for a ‘klinking’ good time!

The view (everywhere!) is gorgeous No matter where you go to in Franschhoek, you are guaranteed of a spectacular view. With vineyard-covered mountain slopes all around even the view from town is pretty astonishing. For the best view in the morning, Mont Rochelle is the place to be for breakfast,…

Discover Art Franschhoek at this year’s Art in Clay

As with good 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. Home to some of the country’s finest art offerings and a growing number of…

Gallery at Grande Provence decked out with trio of exhibitions in October

The Gallery at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek is presenting a visual feast in October with three solo exhibitions opening on Sunday, 11 October. Visitors can look forward to being (human) by painter/sculptor Grace da Costa, bloom by visual artist Paula van Coller and syntax with mixed media…

Win four tickets to the Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival

Franschhoek is in full bloom and once again ten magnificent Franschhoek gardens will be on display at this year’s Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival from 23 to 25 October 2015! Want to join us? We are giving away FOUR tickets to the festival! To stand a chance of winning these tickets,…

Meet Chablis, our wine dog for September!

Meet Chablis, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever from La Chataigne, and our Wine Dog for September.  Chablis gets her name from the well-known Chardonnay in Burgundy, France, famous for its honey scented flavour and straw colour. Her owners Richard and Julie Parkfelt brought her to the farm as a puppy where…

Share your love for Franschhoek by voting in the 2015 Klink Awards!

It’s that time of the year when consumers throughout South Africa are called upon to vote for their favourite in the annual Klink Awards. It’s thanks to the Franschhoek Wine Valley fans that we were able clinch The ‘Happy Times’ Award for the Most Memorable Route for the past three years…

The 2015 Klink Awards Season Kicks off in Franschhoek

On Friday, 11 September the 2015 Klink Awards was officially launched at a media event in Franschhoek. Franschhoek, voted by consumers as the best wine route in the Klink Awards for the past three years and nominated again this year, was the perfect venue for this year’s launch. Showcasing some…

Leopard’s Leap and Open Book announce winner of wine label design competition

The winner of the wine label design competition hosted by Leopard's Leap and the Open Book Literary Festival was announced on 8 September, at the opening ceremony of the festival, held at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Debbie Poswell, a freelance designer from Cape Town was selected from 69…

Grande Provence welcomes Spring with White Blend Wine & Dine Collaboration dinner

Grande Provence is showcasing exceptional white blends from top end wineries for their first Spring Wine & Dine Collaboration dinner on Friday, 25 September. Grande Provence winemaker Karl Lambour will be joined by the winemakers of Strandveld Vineyards, De Morgenzon and Tokara for an evening of pure gourmet delight for…

Franschhoek’s wine dog for August – meet Bella!

A Doberman by birth, but I’m classified as a ‘rescue dog’ to those who know my story. Call me Bella Bok and My Wyn is where you’ll find me. Still young at heart I’m almost four years old, and my story begins when my owner Jacoline Haasbroek discovered me roaming the…

Top Chefs and Winemakers announced for Inaugural Franschhoek Food & Wine Festival

Montecasino hosts the Franschhoek Food & Wine Festival from 28th -30th August 2015. The festival will showcase top chefs and fine wine producers from the Franschhoek Wine Valley that will entice even the most discerning foodies. This, together with the sounds of the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra as its soundtrack, the…

Leeu Collection acquires world-class Le Quartier Francais

A new and exciting time will be introduced at one of the world's most romantic places to stay, Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, when Analjit Singh of Leeu Collection and his family take over this boutique hotel situated in the Cape Winelands, South Africa, as new owners from Susan Huxter…

Wining and dining at Haute Cabrière

When it comes to alfresco dining, it’s hard to beat Haute Cabrière’s spectacular outdoor setting and its breath-taking views of the Franschhoek valley. But even when it’s cold outside, the cavernous restaurant (carved into a mountain range) is an ideal place to cosy up with some good food. Photo courtesy…

Meet Puttonyos – our Franschhoek wine dog for July 2015

My name is Puttonyos and I am a Cocker Spaniel. I reside on the beautiful Four Paws Wine farm in the Franschhoek Wine Valley.  I am named after the sugar level in the Tokaj sweet wine, Aszú, which originates from Hungary. The more Puttonyos the sweeter the wine, with anything…

Franschhoek Bastille Festival Photo Competition Winner

We are pleased to congratulate Karisa Nicholls for winning six tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked on 26 & 27 September! We loved her Franschhoek Bastille festival image taken at the Food & Wine Marquee this past weekend: We have also captured a few of our festival-goers’ Franschhoek Bastille Festival moments below. Thank you all…

Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Classic – It’s going to be classic!

Going back to basics, yet keeping it stylish with an element of surprise! This will be the focus for the next installment in the fabulous line up of Franschhoek Mystery Weekends. Proving to be extremely popular and selling out fast don’t miss out on this one. Indulge in a weekend…

All in a day at Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate

From June visitors to Anthonij Rupert and L’Ormarins Estates will be able to purchase an ‘all in one’ voucher, which will keep one entertained for the whole day. The Anthonij Rupert Estate package costs R340 per person and includes the following: Wine tasting at the Terra del Capo Tasting Room;…

A few Franschhoek Bastille Festival memories from 2014

Those of you who joined us at last year's Franschhoek Bastille Festival will remember it as being our festival's 21st birthday celebration!  With the 2015 Franschhoek Bastille Festival around the corner (11 & 12 July) we decided to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the fun…

Meet Talisker our wine dog for the month of June

Although a large dog, six-year-old Talisker, is a big softy who loves nothing more than to cuddle up next to Whiskey, the family cat, to keep the cold at bay. This handsome Rhodesian Ridgeback calls Haute Cabrière his home and Christiane and Takuan von Arnim his human family.  Talisker comes…

Franschhoek Vignerons excel at inaugural The Sommeliers Selection

With almost 400 entries received for this year’s inaugural The Sommeliers Selection competition Grande Provence and La Motte came out tops in their respective categories. Grande Provence was announced the Trophy winner for its Chardonnay 2013 in the Full / Rich White Wine category. La Motte, also a Trophy winner,…

VIDEO: Your #franscHHoekmoments

Have you ever wondered what a visit to Franschhoek looks like? When we launched our #franscHHoekmoments Instagram competition, we wanted to encourage visitors to our valley to share their experiences via video. We had no idea how beautiful the results would be! We received lots of beautiful little 15 second…

Keep Calm, It’s a Girls’ Franschhoek Mystery Weekend

Episode 2 – 19 & 20 June 2015   Sssh! Hurry before it’s sold out! It’s the next installment in the thrilling line up of Franschhoek Mystery Weekends, and this time it’s a Girls Only offering. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with your BFF, bevy of bookclub…

Exploring #FranscHHoek during winter

Once in a while we are fortunate enough to share some of the amazing experiences in #FranscHHoek with a bunch of like-minded fun-loving professionals that enjoy exploring new places and love to write about these. This time we invited some of our favourite bloggers from Cape Town to share with…

Meet Sasha, our Franschhoek wine dog for May

With winter knocking on our doors we felt it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to Sasha, the friendly furry St Bernard of La Bourgogne, who is also is Franschhoek’s Wine Dog for May.  Labourgogne’s estate managers, Loesje and Alfredo Kock, fell head over heels in love with…

Grande Provence tops Decanter Cape Mediterranean tasting

Grande Provence has been catapulted into the international wine arena with its flagship White scoring the highest rating awarded in a tasting of Cape Mediterranean whites by the respected UK based Decanter magazine. The maiden Grande Provence White 2013 from this Franschhoek Heritage Wine Estate, a formidable blend of Chenin…

Franschhoek Vignerons excel at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Franschhoek Wine Valley Vignerons Boschendal, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards and Plaisir de Merle excelled at this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, each earning a Gold medal for their relevant wines entered. The sought after Gold medal was awarded to the following wines: Boschendal Classic Rachel’s Chenin Blanc 2014 Boschendal Pavillion…

Meet Chef Ryan Smith from Ryan’s Kitchen

Chef Ryan Smith has earned great respect in the Franschhoek restaurant space. His restaurant, Ryan’s Kitchen is located in the Place Vendôme Lifestyle Centre in Franschhoek and receives great support from both Franschhoek locals and visitors alike. We have met up with Ryan to ask him a few questions about his…

Franschhoek amongst the five loveliest in the world

We seem to be continually creeping into the hearts of fans all over the world, and we’ve done so again. We’ve been rated, together with SA (who secured the #1 spot) as one of the 20 Most Beautiful Countries in the World, by the aptly named blogger Travelguru. Travelguru explains…

The 2015 SA Wine Writers’ Awards

The Franschhoek Wine Valley and the Franschhoek Literary Festival are delighted to announce the winners of the two categories for the 2015 FLF SA Wine Writers’ Awards. The short-form category prize was awarded to Angela Lloyd, whose ‘evocative writing and eloquent phrasing, written by a passionate wine lover, is evident…

Poets speak up at FLF 2015

Poetry lovers will have a feast at this year's Franschhoek Literary Festival with 15 poetry events – for every possible taste – spread over three days. Far from being the lesser literary cousin of the novel, the form's popularity seems to increase year after year, lending itself, as it does,…

Winter in Franschhoek

While most hibernate during the colder months Franschhoek will be celebrating with a host of amazing experiences from 1 to 19 June, as it launches the exciting HH Campaign. More often than not we’ve misspelt the word Franschhoek, using one H instead of two, so what better way than to…

And the #franscHHoekmoments Winner is…

Did you enter our #franscHHoekmoments Instagram video competition? Read more to see if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize for the best Instagram video entry! Throughout the month of April, we ran a competition on Instagram encouraging fans of Franschhoek to share their very best #franscHHoekmoments. The competition…

Backsberg Wins Big At The Drinks Business Green Awards

Announced at an awards ceremony in London on 22 April Michael Back, owner of Backsberg Estate Cellars, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Green Awards convened by UK liquor trade magazine The Drinks Business, while the property itself won the Amorim Sustainability Award. Backsberg became the first…

Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are Back!

The sold out Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are back and we’re taking it up a notch. What makes these different from previous years is that they’ll be themed! So, each Mystery Weekend will be suited around something uniquely Franschhoek. With wine and food being the inspiration, our May Mystery Weekend is…

Find out if you are a winner in our first #FranscHHoekMoments Instagram competition

Have you entered our ‪#‎FranscHHoekMoments‬ Instagram competition yet? If so, you could be one of our lucky winners today! We would like to congratulate the following Instagrammers who are walking away with these amazing Franschhoek prizes today: @kosje – A 3 course lunch for two at the Country Kitchen at Mont Rochelle, including a wine tasting @justinpolkey –…

Meet Kuba – our Franschhoek wine dog of the month for April

Kuba with owner Kristopher Tillery Although known for producing superb wines (and olive oils), visitors to Noble Hill Wine Estate could be forgiven for assuming that their most famous attraction is their resident Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kuba. Kuba loves nothing more than to greet visitors to the tasting room on this…

Franschhoek to showcase at this year’s Winter Sculpture Fair 9 & 10 May

Sip, sample and savour superb wines and culinary delights from renowned Franschhoek Wine Valley producers as you view the larger-than-life sculptures on show at this year’s Winter Sculpture Fair. Hosted by Artlogic, the acclaimed NIROX Sculpture Park will be transformed into a contemporary wonderland over the weekend of 9 and…

TripAdvisor Travellers Love Franschhoek!

For the fourth consecutive year Franschhoek has been listed in the Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Destinations in South Africa, as voted for by TripAdvisor travellers.  Franschhoek was listed as one of the top three destinations, with Cape Town securing first place, followed by Knysna. The Top 10 list is as…

Franschhoek supports Earth Hour

Established in 2007 as a light-off event to raise awareness about climate change, Earth Hour has grown in popularity with more than 162 countries and terrorities worldwide supporting this worthy cause in a bid to preserve our planet. Franschhoek Wine Valley and its members will be supporting this amazing project…

Win tickets to the Franschhoek Wedding Showcase

With so many stunning and utterly romantic wedding venues to choose from in Franschhoek, you will be bound to find the perfect spot to tie the knot and celebrate the start of your lifelong journey together! But we know that choosing the perfect venue can be a time-consuming and sometimes stressful endeavour, so…

Franschhoek once again hosts the annual Cape Rouleur

Forming part of a global series the annual Cape Rouleur race, first held in 2012 and precedes the Cape Town Cycle Tour will once again be taking place in Franschhoek from 1 to 5 March.   Credit: http://qhubeka.org/ The Cape Rouleur is a multi-stage endurance road event that covers 600km and almost 6,000m of climbing.…

Franschhoek to showcase at this year’s SAADA Expo

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading wine producing regions and premier culinary destination Franschhoek is also home to some of our country’s finest artists. This year internationally acclaimed potter, David Walters, together with The Old Corkscrew, Holden Manz and Ebony, will be exhibiting at the annual The South African…

#FranscHHoek festivals to look forward to in 2015

With the new year almost in full swing now, we would like to wish you a superb year ahead! And if you are already dreaming about your next getaway, be sure to visit us in Franschhoek soon! Amongst others, these are some of the major festivals you can look forward…

Landau du Val Semillon 2012 – a Heritage Wine to be savoured

Situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, just off the Robertsvlei Road, is where you’ll find the farm La Brie, home to the Landau family. This is also home to the heritage vineyard of their Semillon, 109 years old to be exact. When Basil Landau acquired the farm…

La Motte wins at Nedbank Green Awards 2014

The Nedbank Green Wine Awards, launched in 2009, were created to acknowledge the efforts and significant successes that local wine producers and farmers have achieved with their conservation initiatives. The 2014 winners were announced at a lunch on 16th October at Myoga restaurant at the Vineyard Hotel. La Motte, already…

Win four weekend tickets to Franschhoek Open Gardens

Ten beautiful Franschhoek gardens will be on display at the annual Franschhoek Open Gardens festival in Franschhoek from 31 October to 2 November. Do you want to join us for the weekend? We are giving away FOUR tickets to Franschhoek Open Gardens (valued at R400). To stand a chance of…

What to expect at this year’s Franschhoek Open Gardens

10 spectacular gardens on show during the weekend of 31 October to 2 November 2014 – from small and medium-­‐sized gardens in the village to farm gardens and indigenous gardens. For the first time, La Motte’s private rose gardens will be on display.   Join the festivities in the center…

Wine-tasting your way through Franschhoek

The highlight of the Franschhoek Valley is, undeniably, the wine While the natural beauty, fascinating locals and gourmet food vie for your attention, the highlight of the Franschhoek Valley is, undeniably, the wine. With a history dating back to the French Huguenots, Franschhoek’s wine culture is just that, a culture.…

Foliage restaurant in Franschhoek: an epicurean’s delight

Chris Erasmus in action Twice a day, Chris Erasmus and two of his chefs head off into the Franschhoek forests to forage for fresh, interesting foliage to add to their menu. Chris recently opened Foliage, on the corner of Berg and Huguenot streets, Franschhoek. He has a simple food philosophy:…

Franschhoek Spotlight on Haute Cabriere

Comprised of two farms, situated on opposite ends of the breathtaking Franschhoek Wine Valley, Haute Cabrière is something extraordinary. A rich history, a whimsical setting, a seductive approach to wine and a magnetic proprietor ensure that it is a decadent affair for any visitor. The core belief that wine is…

Post photos of the mounted horses and win!

Did you notice that Franschhoek had some very special four-footed guests in town this past weekend? Especially for the Franschhoek Bastille Festival we had some very special mounted horses that patrolled our town to keep all our visitors safe! Did you manage to take a photo of our special hooved…

Franschhoek Spotlight on Vrede en Lust

Vrede en Lust, derived from the Dutch “Peace and Eagerness” is a modern wine farm, built on a 320 year old foundation. Its vision is to become one of South Africa’s most loved wineries by delivering a level of customer experience that exceeds all expectations. With its superb views the…

Bastille Festival competition #1 – win tickets!

To shake off the winter blues, we have invited a special group of dancers to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival! They will be travelling approximately 6 hrs and 45 minutes from their resident country to come and showcase their traditional dance with its typical elegant hip-swaying and shuffling of the feet.…

The 2014 Winter Sculpture Fair in pictures

This past weekend the second annual Winter Sculpture Fair, presented by MasterCard, with Franschhoek’s chefs and winemakers, was held at the NIROX Sculpture Park at the Cradle of Humankind. The event celebrated contemporary art and sculpture and the best food and wine from the Franschhoek Wine Valley. If you missed it,…

Franschhoek Spotlight – Boekenhoutskloof Winery

The iconic and award-winning wine farm Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, the farm’s name means “ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making. In 1993 the farm and homestead was…

Why you should visit Franschhoek

Read more about Lee’s reasons why you should stay in Franschhoek: http://africageographic.com/blog/why-you-should-visit-franschhoek/ Lee Abbamonte is the youngest American to visit every country in the world. He’s visited a total of 307 countries and is one of the world’s most-traveled people. He is a travel writer, travel expert, travel television personality and global…

Tripadvisor Lists Franschhoek As One Of The Top Three Destinations

Franschhoek has yet again been named South Africa’s favourite Winelands destination. This was recently announced at the annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations, where the valley was listed as one of the top three destinations in South Africa. Cape Town scooped first place, followed by Knysna. The sixth annual awards…

Franschhoek Spotlight – Akademie Street Guesthouses

Akademie Street Guesthouses offers five-star accommodation in five unique buildings all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of Franschhoek. There are four sun-kissed swimming pools and shady gardens where guests can relax in privacy and listen to the splashing of the fountains, the song of the…

Cosecha Restaurant bringing fresh, latin cooking to Taste of Cape Town April 3-6

Fish tacos, huevos rancheros, and cocoa chili ribs at foodie festival Taking place in the open air flanked by the Green Point Stadium and Lion’s Head, the Green Point Cricket Club grounds will be turned into a gourmet village of restaurants, pop-up eateries and producers of handmade, rare and delicious foods this April 3-6.…

Win a handmade chocolate Easter bunny from Franschhoek

Legend has it that the Easter bunny will spoil you with some chocolate eggs during Easter IF you were well-behaved this past year! But we know it is good to let your hair down once in a while, so decided to give all of you an opportunity to stand a…

Family fun in Franschhoek

Easter holidays are just around the corner. Running out of ideas on how to keep the family and kids entertained? Franschhoek is the perfect family and holiday destination with something for everyone. Kick start your experience in Franschhoek with a visit to the world renowned Huguenot Fine Chocolates – pure…

Backsberg Picnic Concert: Ticket Giveaway 2

Stand a chance to win 2 tickets to see local SA band, Bed on Bricks, live at Backsberg on Sunday 9 March 2014! To stand a chance of winning these tickets, simply comment on the post below and give us the name of one of the albums that Bed on…

Experience the best of Anthonij Rupert Wines and L’Ormarins in one visit

Trams are a regular feature of movie scenes filmed in San Francisco, affording the audiences a glimpse of this classic mode of transport. Visitors can now head to L’Ormarins Estate and Anthonij Rupert Estate, situated in the breathtaking Franschhoek Wine Valley, to experience this mode of transport first hand. Owner…

Win tickets to the Vrede en Lust Harvest Festival

Win tickets to one of the most amazing harvest festivals in the valley! Stand a chance of winning two tickets to The Vrede en Lust harvest festival on Saturday 15 March 2014 (valued at R900), courtesy of Vrede en Lust This magical, exclusive day will kick off with an exciting,…

Musical ATKV-Oesfees is a Harvest Finale with ‘Gees’

Theuns Jordaan, Robbie Wessels, Loukmaan Adams and Karen Zoid are some of the headliners taking centre stage at South Africa’s most authentic harvest festival, the ATKV-Oesfees, to be held on Saturday, 22 March, 2014 at the Solms-Delta wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley. The seventh annual Oesfees, in association with…

Tell us why you love Franschhoek and win with Penchant Design

There are many ways to say “I love you!”, some people say it with beautiful words and clever poems, others can sketch and paint. Some of us are good at spoiling our loved ones with moonlight picnics and fancy food But we think there is no better way than saying…

Did you know?

Did you know that the word ‘Franschhoek’ is a direct Dutch translation for ‘French Corner’. Steeped in history the valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture.  Most of the Huguenots who settled in the area  were…

Win tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines

We have filled this bottle to the brim with some raisins!  Can you guess how many raisins it took to fill this empty bottle of wine? Guess correctly and stand a chance of winning four tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines on 8 February 2014, courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley To enter visit our…

Fashion pop up at Holden Manz a great success!

16 November, Franschhoek – Despite the floods and relentless rain this weekend, the fashion pop up at Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek was a great success. The 6 fashion brands which included I AM – one of a kind, Erato Footwear and Accessories, Periquita SA, Alessia Boutique, Sloane & Madison and Blue Bay Clothing Boutique set up beautiful stations…

Grande Provence Announces The Festive Season Fine Dining Experiences

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, part of The Huka Retreats, proudly announces its unique Christmas and New Year’s Eve signature menus, which have been created by award-winning Executive Chef, Darren Badenhorst, to take guests on a festive culinary journey in true Grande Provence style. Christmas Day presents guest with a…

Vinidivio Dijon-Bourgourgogne Awards

We are pleased to inform you that Franschhoek has won four silver awards at the Vinidivio Dijon-Bourgogne Awards in Dijon, France last night! Awards received as follows: 1.  83eme Foire Internationale et Gastronomique de DIJON Concours VINIDIVIO 2013 “LES VINS DU CAP OCCIDENTAL” MEDAILLE D’ARGENT Pour La Motte Sauvignon Blanc…

2013 Klink Awards competition – Congratulations to our winners!

We are happy to announce that: Debbie Lees has won a selection of Franschhoek Wines, and Collette van Aswegen has won four tickets to the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival as the two winners in our 2013 Klink Awards competition! We’d like to thank everyone for their votes and…

Meet Pierre Casanave – Veuve Cliquot winemaker

Adding to the excitement of this year’s festivities visitors can look forward to meeting celebrated Veuve Cliquot winemaker, Pierre Casenave, who will be making an appearance at this year’s festival. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne House situated in Reims, France is internationally recognized as producing one of the world’s finest Champagnes.…

Grande Provence launches some great wine blending opportunities

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, part of Huka Retreats, is home to a collection of award-winning wines, situated in the Franschhoek Valley, and is proud to launch unique wine blending opportunities, in The Tasting Room, at just R150.00 per person, minimum of 6 pax. Guests will receive three different grape…

Win four tickets to the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

Vivacious, social, and sophisticated, Champagne is truly one of the most delightful wines one can serve. But do you really know your bubbles?  Share your quirky and fun facts about Champagne and surprise us!  Stand a chance of winning four tickets (valued at R800) to the Franschhoek Cap Classique &…

Vote for us in the 2013 Klink Awards and win great prizes!

Do you love Franschhoek? If YOU DO, please vote for us In the 2013 Klink Awards!  We have been nominated in the “Happy Times” Award for Most Memorable Wine Route,  as well as the “Crowd Pleaser” Award for the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The ‘Magic of Bubbles’,…

2013 Michelangelo Wine Awards

Congratulations to the following Vignerons de Franschhoek members that received awards in the 2013 Michelangelo Wine Awards! TM MERCUREY BEST BORDEAUX STYLE RED BLEND Grande Provence: The Grande Provence 2009 GRAN D’OR Grande Provence: Grande Provence Red Blend 2009 La Petite Ferme: La Petite Ferme Merlot 2012 Noble Hill Wine…

2013 Klink Awards

Calling all Franschhoek Wine Valley supporters! The Klink Awards are once again inviting foodies, wine lovers, outdoor adventurers and wine farm visitors to show their love and appreciation for South Africa’s Winelands by voting for their favourite nominees in the annual consumer-driven, interactive wine tourism awards. Last year Franschhoek, regarded…

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend – 27 & 28 September 2013

Did you miss out on the last Franschhoek Mystery Weekend? Well here’s the good news!  Join us over the weekend of 27 and 28 September in Franschhoek the vavavoom capital of the winelands, for the next in our series of Mystery Weekends. Our dynamite Winter Mystery Weekends are heating up…

Win tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked!

Say goodbye to the grey moods of winter and celebrate at Franschhoek Uncorked from 7 to 8 September 2013! Franschhoek wineries will be showcasing their exciting new vintages and releases and have a range of exciting activities lined up for the weekend. We are giving away FOUR tickets to Franschhoek…

A tribute to women at Grande Provence

August 2013 – During Women’s month in August, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek will celebrate women by treating each lady to a free standard tasting of the award-winning Grande Provence wines, which includes 2 white wines and 2 red wines in The Tasting Room. Further tasting options include…

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend – 16 & 17 August 2013

Did you miss out on the first Franschhoek Mystery Weekend? Well here’s the good news!  Join us over the weekend of 16 and 17 August in Franschhoek  the vavavoom capital of the winelands, for the next in our series of Mystery Weekends. Our dynamite Winter Mystery Weekends are heating up…

Franschhoek Winter Wines & Franschhoek Uncorked Competition

ENTER OUR FRANSCHHOEK WINTER WINES COMPETITION: PART 1 Calling all car fanatics! Can you name the make of the three cars below? Tip: All three of these cars were showcased at the Top Gear Festival in Durban earlier this year. Correctly identify at least one of these cars and stand…

New Culinaria Collection celebrates age-old relationship between food and wine

The exciting and on-trend Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has now launched a brand new range of wines called the Culinaria Collection. The Collection is inspired by terroir-specific French styles and celebrates the age-old relationship between food and wine. “The Culinaria Collection is a celebration of the passions of the Leopard’s…

Win tickets to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which over the years has become a social calendar highlight! To celebrate our 20th anniversary we are giving away Bastille Festival tickets!  Stand a chance of winning four tickets to the Bastille Food & Wine Marquee valued at R 600 on…

Win tickets to Cook Franschhoek!

Want to learn how to cook with Franschhoek’s chefs and taste with Franschhoek’s winemakers? Stand a chance of winning four tickets to attend a demo at Cook Franschhoek on Saturday, 15 June 2013, courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley and Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie & Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards! At this demo…

Franschhoek Mystery Weekend 7 to 9 June 2013

Did you miss out on the first Franschhoek Mystery Weekend? Well here’s the good news! Join us over the weekend of 7 – 9 June in Franschhoek the vavavoom capital of the winelands, for the next in our series of Mystery Weekends. Our dynamite Winter Mystery Weekends are heating up…

Join Franschhoek’s top chefs and wine makers at the 2013 Winter Sculpture Fair

Franschhoek is going to Johannesburg! We are giving away… four tickets to the Winter Sculpture Fair, presented by MasterCard, with Franschhoek’s top chefs and wine makers, at the Nirox Residency and Sculpture Park in Johannesburg, for Sunday 5 May 2013! courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley! To enter, name one of…

Win four tickets to experience the Franschhoek Wine Tram!

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a fun-filled experience for the whole family. To celebrate the school holidays we are giving away… four tickets (two adults & two children) to join an experience on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, courtesy of the Franschhoek Wine Tram and Franschhoek Wine Valley! To enter, name…

Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year Award 2013

The 4th annual Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year prize-giving was held at the Oesfees at Solms Delta in Franschhoek on 23 March 2013. Since its inception the award has gained great momentum, with an enthusiastic crowd cheering as the finalists mounted the stage and the winner was announced. Franschhoek…

Neil Jewell from Bread & Wine scoops best producer in The Paddocks category of The Eat Out Produce Awards 2013

The Charcuterie King, Neil Jewell is crowned the best producer in The Paddocks category of The Eat Out DSTV Food Network Produce Awards. The winners were announced during a night market at The Biscuit Mill in Woodstock <http://www.eatout.co.za/Stores-Markets/532/Cape-Town/Markets/Neighbourgoods-Market-Cape-Town> , Cape Town on 15 March 2013. Stands at the night market were run…

Enter our Franschhoek Summer Wines Competition

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO KEEP COOL DURING THE GLORIOUS SUMMER DAYS IN FRANSCHHOEK? Tell us how you would spend a perfect summers day in Franschhoek and stand a chance of winning two tickets  to Franschhoek Summer Wines on Saturday, 16 March 2013, courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley! Simply write your answer on our Facebook…

Franschhoek Harvest Festival Competition

How many grapes can you fit into a wine bottle? Guess correctly and stand a chance of winning two tickets to the Vrede en Lust Harvest Festival on Saturday, 2 March 2013. Write your answer on our Facebook wall or post it on Twitter by using the hashtag #harvest. Competition…

Enter the Franschhoek Wine Valley Valentine’s Competition

Do you love Franschhoek as much as we do? Tell us why you’re a fan of Franschhoek and stand the chance of winning one of two fantastic Valentine’s Day prizes, courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley! Simply go to our Facebook page and tell us why you love Franschhoek by Wednesday…

Consumers rate Franschhoek as the ‘Most Memorable Wine Route’ at #KLINK Awards

The Franschhoek Wine Valley, regarded as one of South Africa’s leading wine producing regions and gourmet capital, walked away with the title of The ‘Happy Times’ Award for Most Memorable Wine Route, at this year’s inaugural #KLINK Awards, which took place on 1 November 2012. The competition was the brainchild…

South Africa’s 2012 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Winners Announced

Diners Club is proud to announce that the Winemaker of the Year 2012 title has been awarded to Razvan Macici from Nederburg Wines, for his Private Bin Eminence 2007. Arguably the most coveted wine awards in the industry, the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Awards have now been running…

Babylonstoren, South Africa

If you are craving New World wines from the southern hemisphere, remember that the growing season is the opposite of up north: You will need to wait until March to experience a harvest in wine capitals like Argentina or Australia. The same goes for Babylonstoren in South Africa’s Drakenstein Valley.…

Franschhoek Awarded Best Local Tourism Authority Information Service of the Year

In an awards ceremony held last night at Kronenburg Estate in Paarl, the Franschhoek Wine Valley walked away with the title of Best Local Tourism Authority Information Service (LTA) of the Year, at the annual Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards. This award is bestowed upon a Local Tourism…

Vote for Franschhoek Wine Valley and its members in the 2012 Klink Awards!

Calling all foodies, wine lovers, outdoor adventurers and wine farm fans! Show your love for South Africa’s winelands by voting for your favourite nominee in the country’s first ever, consumer-driven, interactive wine tourism award – the #Klink Awards. You also stand a chance to win fabulous weekly prizes through your participation.…

Franschhoek Uncorked 1 & 2 September 2012

Say goodbye to the grey moods of winter and celebrate the start of spring by heading off to the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of September for the annual Franschhoek Uncorked festival. Franschhoek wineries in and around the scenic valley welcome the fresh, new season, using the opportunity to…

Franschhoek Art in Clay

Annual feast of ceramics in six Franschhoek galleries Opens Saturday 27 October – ends 16 November For a whole month, participating Franschhoek galleries will show their own selections of ceramics by contemporary South African ceramic artists who use the most basic of materials – clay and water, transformed by skill…

Franschhoek Winter Wines

Celebrate the final days of winter in style and head off to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate on Saturday, 4 August for Franschhoek Winter Wines. Known as one of SA’s leading wine destinations, more than 20 of the valley’s finest wineries will be showcasing their top winter wines at this exclusive event. Participating wineries…

Franschhoek Mystery Weekend

It’s back! Due to popular demand and the sell out success of the inaugural weekend, visitors to the breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley can look forward to a few more Mystery Weekends. The memorable weekend promises to add a dash of intrigue and spice to your life. For a mere…

France and South Africa celebrate culture, creativity and innovation

France – South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 Johannesburg, 10 May 2012 – A multifaceted bilateral collaboration between France and South Africa, concluded last year by the heads of states of France and South Africa, moves into high gear this winter as the first French Season in South Africa kicks…

Franschhoek Mystery Weekend (sold out)

SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN A WEEK – WATCH THIS SPACE FOR AN UPDATE ON OUR NEXT MYSTERY WEEKEND Add a dash of intrigue and spice to your life this April with the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend. Taking place over the long weekend (27th and 28th of April), in the Franschhoek…

Taste the valley’s exceptional wines at Franschhoek Summer Wines

This weekend on Saturday 31st March an exceptional new wine event will be hosted at Leopard’s Leap Vineyards in the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley. Franschhoek Summer Wines will present 31 Vignerons de Franschhoek members from the valley, who will each be showcasing one of their top summer wines for tasting…

Win two tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines!

Win two tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines and join us for a tasting of 30 of Franschhoek’s wineries’ top summer wines! Tickets to this exclusive event are limited to 350, and by entering this competition you stand a chance of winning tickets to this social calendar highlight. To enter all you…

Leopard’s Leap Vineyards and Liam Tomlin Foods – the perfect marriage

The opening of the Liam Tomlin Foods Culinary Studio and Leopard’s Leap Vineyards was held on 16 and 17 February 2012. The property boasts an innovative state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, run by Liam Tomlin, a beautifully designed tasting room for Leopard’s Leap wines and a shop with designer kitchen items. The…

Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors taste Chamonix Wines

Last night the Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors’ tasting was held at the beautiful Chamonix wine estate. Bernard presented a tasting of the followings wines: Chamonix Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Pinot Noir. The tasting was followed by some delicious delicacies from the Mon Plaisir Restaurant on site.…

Competition! Relive that special Valentine’s weekend in Franschhoek

With Valentine’s Day around the corner what better way to spoil your loved one than with a visit to the picturesque and romantic Franschhoek Wine Valley. Be it a weekend away, an overnight stay or a special lunch, Franschhoek is the perfect place to be! Should you decide to make…

Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors’ tune into local music and wine at Solms-Delta

Every month cellar door staff from Franschhoek wineries get together for the Vignerons de Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors Programme. The tasting is held at at a different wine farm every month and in this way staff get to experience the offerings of other wineries in their own area. In doing this…

Franschhoek Food & Wine Route

This exciting initiative builds on Franschhoek’s reputation as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, taking the concept of a food and wine experience to an entirely new level. Offering visitors an array of innovative food, wine and lifestyle experiences is truly unique to the Cape Winelands. The route is available…

Franschhoek Rond & Bont

The Franschhoek Wine Valley is proud to announce its Community Tourism Route. The 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…

Discover the Secret Season in Franschhoek

During the winter months visitors to the picturesque and tranquil Franschhoek Wine Valley can look forward to an unforgettable Secret Season, which will run from May until October. Popular attractions in and around the area, which include restaurants, wine estates, accommodation establishments and retail shops will be presenting visitors with…

Franschhoek Wine Valley Video

An introduction to the magnificent Franschhoek Wine Valley in the Cape winelands of South Africa. Nestled against majestic mountain, Franschhoek is home to award-winning wine estates and restaurants, boutique hotels and luxury guest houses and wonderful retail shops.

Savour Special Moments…

The Franschhoek Valley – first settled by French Huguenot refugees in 1688 – mixes magical ingredients to create unforgettable experiences. When it comes to accommodation in Franschhoek the options are endless, with accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Decide between classic auberges, boutique hotels, lavish country lodges, cosy B&Bs,…

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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.

 

Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za