Franschhoek Wine Valley

Wineries

As you make your way into Franschhoek you will notice that most of the farms still bear their original French names, some complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and rolling vineyards. You will find an array of cellars, ranging from quaint boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to the large cellars that offer visitors organised tours and tastings.

The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The area also produces some of the country’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques, which can all be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.

The wines made by the Vignerons de Franschhoek can be tasted, paired with wonderful food available from Franschhoek’s restaurants, many of which are found on the wine estates. Have a look at the Franschhoek Food and Wine Route for more options.

 



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Akkerdal Wine Estate

Akkerdal is situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley. At this Artisan Winery, we believe that the finest wines emanate from quality grapes. Akkerdal Wines are an essential part of good life.

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Allèe Bleue Estate

ALLÉE BLEUE produces top-class wines which are among the best in the world on fertile land in an area with a favourable climate. Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are all cultivated on the traditional estate. The red wines will seduce you with aromas of juicy dark…

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Anthonij Rupert Wines (L’Ormarins)

L’Ormarins offers wine lovers a rewarding blend of fine wines and natural beauty- charmingly restored historic buildings, a seasonal Mediterranean – style deli – magnificent mountain scenes.

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Babylonstoren Wine

Babylonstoren farm spans some 580 hectares and produces plums and citrus fruit for export. In addition, 3,5 hectares (8 acres) are given over to our formal fruit and vegetable gardens that inform much of the farm’s activities and facilities. We also have 72 hectares (178 acres) under vine and produce 13 different grape varieties with…

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Backsberg Estate Cellars

Known for producing award-winning wines, the philosophy of Backsberg remains that of providing pleasure and enjoyment to a broad range of wine lovers, by producing wines not only with structure and finesse, but with a high level of drinkability. Our tasting room is open 7 days a week, 365 days…

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Bellingham

Nestled between the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein mountains in the Franschoek Valley, you’ll find the Bellingham manor house. Founded in 1693, Bellingham has been the home of intriguing wines with its own unique and charming character. It was here, more than 350 years ago that virgin soil was tilled…

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Black Elephant Vintners

Black Elephant Vintners is a new independent wine company operating from the heart of the majestic Franschhoek valley. We source and produce wines from grapes grown solely in this picturesque corner of our beautiful South Africa. Black Elephant Vintners wines are made with passion and a love for this art,…

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Boekenhoutskloof Winery

Boekenhoutskloof is the magical little wine farm where we raise the bar (and some of our more conventional neighbour’s eyebrows) when it comes to creating some of the country’s finest wines. It is also where we produce four much-loved brands: Boekenhoutskloof, The Chocolate Block, Porcupine Ridge and The Wolftrap.  

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Boschendal Wines

Our story begins over 300 years ago in the magnificent beauty of the Franschhoek valley, South Africa’s fine wine country.  Boschendal is a complete destination, and one of the finest, for the many guests that are welcomed each year. In all its guises – Boschendal will amaze you – whether…

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Chamonix Wines

Cape Chamonix Wine Farm produces a range of premium wines that capture the essence and splendour of the estate. Chamonix also produces export fruit, and a superior German-style schnapps. Taste and purchase any Chamonix product daily from 9:30 am until 16:30 pm in the old Blacksmith’s Cottage, a quaint cottage…

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Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne

Our family winery is entirely dedicated to the bubbly-lover. Our maiden vintage of Cap Classique will be released in September 2008 and we also have a nice selection of imported Champagne. Free delivery countrywide. By appointment only!

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Dieu Donne Vineyards

Dieu Donne is a boutique winery, overlooking the Franschhoek valley with some of the most fabulous vistas of the Winelands. We invite you to come and enjoy our wines while watching the magnificent scenery.

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Eikehof

Eikehof is 58 Hectare Farm in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. The farm has been in the ownership of the Malherbe family since 1903 and they also made wine on the farm until 1948. In 1992 Francois Malherbe “the fourth generation of Malherbe on the farm” revived the winemaking tradition of…

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Four Paws Wines

The Four Paws team are passionate about our wine, but we are also passionate about animals, particularly cats. We aim to infuse our wines with elegance and balance, the same characteristics shown by a cat as it ambles confidently along a garden wall.  Cats exhibit fine senses, and this is…

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Franschhoek Pass Winery

Franschhoek Pass Winery is a family-owned boutique vineyard situated on the cool slopes of the Franschhoek Pass. Of the 28 hectares, six are planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir vines. Two hectares are terraced and planted with Frantoio and Mission olives.  

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Glenwood

Glenwood is a very special place. Located in the little-known valley of Robertsvlei, the farm and winery are surrounded by aspects of outstanding natural beauty. Our wine is a product of man working in harmony with Nature.  

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GM&AHrens

THE HOUSE OF GM&AHRENS Gerrit Maritz (founder) and founding partner Albert Ahrens consider themselves as boutique Cap Classique bubbly-makers. Ever since Gerrit’s university days, he discovered an appreciation for wine, which led to his own annual spring day “champagne” breakfast, a tradition and a celebration day he and his wife…

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Grande Provence Estate – The Winery

Savour the magic of Grande Provence Wines and taste our Premium Wines – Enjoy a summer afternoon under the oak trees, or a blazing log fire in our cosy tasting room in winter. Grande Provence Facts Sheet

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Haut Espoir

Haut Espoir – ‘High Hope’ – is nestled in the mountains at the end of the Franschhoek Valley. As a new operation, our aim is to produce classic, fine wines in harmony with our magnificent, natural enviroment. Wines will be marketed from mid 2004

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Haute Cabriere – Home of Pierre Jourdan

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…

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Holden Manz Wine Estate

The holden manz wine estate is located at the top of the franschhoek valley dominated by the spectacular mountains which stand guard over the beauty below. situated between the franschhoek and stony brook rivers, this 22 hectare wine estate benefits from wonderfully fertile and dark loam soils and a state…

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La Bourgogne

La Bourgogne is a subdivision of the farm Bourgogne which was among the first Huguenot farms proclaimed in 1694. The farm was first granted to Pierre de Villiers, by Simon van der Stel. However 1800 saw the first involvement of the Le Roux family, a relationship that endures to this…

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La Bri

Since its establishment in the late 17th century, when land in the Franschhoek valley was first allocated to Huguenots, La Bri has been a source of fine wines. An original homestead and outbuildings, surrounded by approximately fifteen hectares under vines, besides a river, at the foot of the Franschhoek mountains,…

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La Chataigne Wines

We ourselves bottle only a fraction of our grapes, making a total of about 15,000 bottles. The grapes are hand selected to create a style of wines that is fresh, fruity, elegant and accessible to both pallet and pocket. The La Chataigne bottles are unique – the front label is…

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La Chaumière Wine Estate

This boutique estate produces ‘La Chimere’ wines in a traditional way using French Oak barrels for maturation. It lies at the heart of Franschhoek its vineyard sloping down from historic Cabriere Street to the Franschhoek River. Not open to the public, except by appointment; sales through village outlets.

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La Couronne Wines

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands lies the La Couronne Estate.  The farm has breath-taking views of the majestic Franschhoek Mountains & vineyards, with the tranquillity of the constantly flowing Berg River that runs through it. Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years…

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La Motte

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines, recognized internationally for their exceptional quality. Wine-tastings at La Motte have been a long-standing tradition, offering visitors a memorable experience in a relaxed atmosphere, with friendly, knowledgeable personnel…

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La Petite Dauphine

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La Petite Ferme

As one of the more intimate wineries in the Cape Winelands, La Petite Ferme takes pride in delicately hand-crafting its wines using time as its artisan, with constant respect for terroir. International accolades accredit the winemaker’s precise attention to detail and a selection is available either at the farm or…

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La Petite Vigne

La Petite Vigne is a small cellar in the heart of the Franschhoek valley, run and owned by the Swart family. We let nature and the seasonal conditions are the major determinant in the style of wines we produce from one year to the next. We intend to remain a…

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Landau du Val

Since acquiring La Brie in 1988 Jane and Basil Landau have restored the main homestead and redeveloped the vineyards. The first owner of La Brie, Jacques de Villiers, settled here in 1689.

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Le Lude MCC

Le Lude is a family winery situated on the edge of Franschhoek town, South Africa specialising in bottle fermented sparkling wines – Cap Classique. The French Huguenots planted vines and made wine in The Franschhoek Valley as far back as 1693. We uphold the strictest traditions and standards. At Le…

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Le Manoir de Brendel

Shed city stress at our charming wine farm, deep in a valley rich in vines and ringed by mountains. Yet only 5km from the Cape’s Culinary capital. At Le Manoir de Brendel the welcome is warm, the tranquility tangible and the ambiance geared to your comfort.  

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Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards

Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is known for producing quality wines for any occasion. At its modern premises, a sociable Tasting Room serves as an introduction to the brilliantly versatile range. Hands-on cooking classes and demonstration meals are featured at a professional culinary studio linked to a culinary store and adjacent…

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Lynx Wines

Enjoy a truly unique experience as you taste our passion-filled wines and are guided through the wine making process, step-by-step. Lynx Wines is a small winery using traditional equipment like open concrete fermentors and a basket press, and it is this that makes our cell tours so popular with visitors…

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Maison Estate

Maison Estate – Home in the Heart of the Franschhoek Valley Maison Estate has a newly planted vineyard which produced its first crop in 2008, mainly Chenin Blanc and Shiraz, also small amounts of Chardonnay and Viognier. We also produce olive oil in very small quantities from the estate. Old…

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Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard

In Mont Rochelle’s vineyard we cultivate grapes of the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties amongst a few others. The vineyards are situated between 250m and 400m above sea level exposing the grapes to a range of micro climates. Mediterranean-like conditions found in the Western Cape means…

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Môreson

Môreson is a little slice of magic. A place where every minute of every day is spent either making, working on or dreaming about wine. There is an absolutely focused passion that underlies this small boutique farm. It is this energy that ensures that our award winning Môreson wine and…

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Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines is a highly focused family winery with bases in Franschhoek and the Swartland. They produce a select range of hand-crafted wines using natural farming and wine-making techniques. Awarded Platters ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2014 and 2016.

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My Wyn

My Wyn is best described in the context of wine production as “small is beautiful.” From the smallest cellar, overlooking the Franschhoek Valley, Jacoline Haasbroek produces 2000 bottles p.a., enjoyed by a following from across the globe. My Wyn’s main focus is on Shiraz and Viognier, but not being trained…

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Noble Hill Wine Estate

Our estate wines are made with pride in provenance and humility in craftsmanship. We strive to make wines that are juicy yet structured, elegant, and above all authentic to the place they are grown. Noble Hill is located in the Simonsberg-Paarl appellation of origin, which has made some of South…

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Plaisir de Merle

A Cape Legends showpiece, this 974 hectare estate in Simondium, Paarl, has earned international acclaim for its white and red wines. Winemaker Niel Bester attributes the benefit of working with Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margeaux fame, in producing classically styled but accessible wines. This would summarise the efforts of all…

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Rickety Bridge Winery

Rickety Bridge Winery is situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek, nestled against the hillside, overlooking the vineyards and magnificent mountains, with views of unsurpassed splendour. Rickety Bridge’s key attractions include: a newly-renovated wine-tasting centre, showcasing Rickety Bridge’s range of fine wines, for tasting and sales; the recently opened, picturesque ‘Restaurant…

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Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons

At the foot of the spectacular Simonsberg mountain in the Franschhoek Valley lies the historic French Huguenot farm Fredericksburg, established in 1690 and now home to Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons. The Rupert family and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild of France share this prestigious partnership in wine production. Trading hours: Monday…

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Solms-Delta

The estate known as Delta was first planted to vines in the 17th century, but it was only in 2001 that it began to redress the painful history upon which the SA wine industry was built. This was done through the granting of a substantial shareholding to historically disadvantaged tenant-workers…

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Stony Brook

Stony Brook is a small family run farm. We have 14 hectares under vines and make a full range of top quality wines. We love seeing wine lovers, so please visit us for an informal tasting. ‘Open by appointment only’

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The Franschhoek Cellar

Come and Explore the Franschhoek Village Walk at our Cellar Door, by tasting the Franschhoek Cellar wine range.

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Topiary Wines

Topiary is a boutique cellar situated on the R301, outside Franschhoek. We produce mainly red grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz), and a little bit of Chardonnay (which goes straight into our highly rated Blanc de Blanc MCC). We are blessed with one of the best views in the valley, and…

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Val de Vie Wines

Val de Vie Wine & Polo Estate has a growing reputation for wines that celebrate South African terroir and the history of Southern France. Inspired by the wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Martin Venter acquired the farm Kliprug in 2003 and renamed it Val de Vie. Since then the estate has replanted…

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Veraison Vineyard

Veraison Vineyard is a small holding producing a limited quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Our aim is to produce exceptional wines at reasonable prices. We produce two wines, a reserve “V” series when the wine meets our high standards, and a “Q” series when the wine reflects the seasonal difficulties all…

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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
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  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
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