Franschhoek Wine Valley

Franschhoek Food & Wine Route

Breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, fine wines, distinctive artists, and a small village atmosphere. These are the hallmarks of the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Taking these unique qualities into account visitors will be further enlightened to all that this area has to offer with a leisurely journey along the recently launched Franschhoek Wine Valley 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 throughout the year and includes, amongst others, food and wine pairings, varietal specific tastings, Cap Classique tastings, chocolate making, cooking classes in demonstration kitchens, olive oil tastings as well as stopovers to some of Franschhoek’s culinary establishments. A map will be made available to visitors highlighting the various activities, allowing them to tailor make their itineraries and appreciate what the valley has to offer, at their leisure. This unique initiative has the support of the area’s primary business establishments, and promises to emphasis the character of the area, not only as the country’s Gourmet Capital, but also as the ultimate lifestyle destination.

‘A project which has taken months to fine tune and put in place, we’re thrilled to finally make this route available to visitors wanting to experience all that Franschhoek has to offer. We’re proud to be involved in this initiative and are positive that it will grow from strength to strength,’ adds Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Jenny Prinsloo.

Visitors’ experiences are further enhanced by the understanding that Franschhoek is the ‘place to be’ where you go to celebrate life! Be it for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day treat, wedding, honeymoon or simply a weekend getaway; Franschhoek is a truly exceptional destination.

Dalewood Cheese marks the beginning of the route, followed by Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Noble Hill and Vrede en Lust, Val De Vie on the R310, all the way through to Boekenhoutskloof and Franschhoek Pass Winery, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of the valley between the mountain ranges.

For more information on this route, please download the Franschhoek Food and Wine Route Map (PDF)


Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

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