Franschhoek Wine Valley

Val de Vie Estate

Nestled in the heart of the Cape Winelands and surrounded by the majestic Franschhoek and Paarl mountains lies the Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate, a unique blend of nature and comfortable style. Properties here offer a spectacularly secure and easy way of life, combining modern, luxurious comforts with a relaxed country environment, enhanced by vineyards, green pastures, Berg River frontage and endless views of the mountains.

The historic wine cellar produced its first wine in 1825 and this same cellar, modernised and filled with new French oak barrels, builds on its early 19th century winemaking tradition, producing the most comprehensive selection of Rhône varietal wines available in South Africa. A dedicated team in the vineyard, cellar and tasting room ensure the hallmark of excellence from world class viticulture and oenological practices to professional, friendly service in the elegantly appointed tasting room.

Val de Vie offers world class polo and equestrian facilities, where both novices and experienced players have the opportunity to experience the game at a level best suited to them. Residents and guests can also relax at the Sabrage Lounge Bar and Restaurant to watch a live polo match while sampling the estate’s award-winning wines.

With world-class facilities and an exceptional events management team, Val de Vie is a spectacular setting for memorable events and is particularly highly sought after as a wedding venue.


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.