Franschhoek Wine Valley

Vineyard Calendar

Your month-by-month guide to what is happening in Franschhoek’s vineyards

January: Cellar prepared for pressing season

February: Harvest time

March: Harvest time

April: Prepare new vineyards

May: General maintenance

June: Pruning after leaves have fallen

July: Pruning and planting

August: Ploughing in of cover crop

September: Trellising and spring fertilizer

October: Tipping: the removal of the first 2-5 cm of growing shoot to enhance development and allowing the fruit to set better

November: Topping: the removal of 15-25 cm of a young growing shoot, by hitting it off with a strong switch or thin stick, to allow good air circulation and prevent disease

December: Irrigation, hedging and disease control


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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