Franschhoek Wine Valley


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 our highest vines – pinot noir and chardonnay – lying against the Simonsberg mountains at some 600 metres above sea level. Some of the vines on the farm were planted by the farm’s previous owners, the Louw family, who lived here for four generations. The Louws were grape growers for the former Simondium Co-operative Winery and other large wineries in the area. In addition, there are plantings established in 2008 and 2009 under the stewardship of viticulturist Hannes Aucamp.

Echoing the farm’s 17th-century Cape Dutch architectural vernacular, Babylonstoren’s modern winery was designed by renowned Cape cellar architect Gerard de Villiers. It has been fitted with custom-made processing equipment that can cater for gravity-fed production on a single level. This includes three types of red-wine fermenters – stainless steel, raised concrete and 7 500-litre French oak vats. Led by cellarmaster Charl Coetzee (formerly of Kaapzicht) and winemaker Klaas Stoffberg, the farm’s 2011 harvest led to the first bottling of wine under the Babylonstoren label.

Our wines are best exemplified by the Babylonstoren logo, which consists of the pipe (representing the farmer), the flower (representing the garden) and the bird (representing nature). It is a combination of the very essence of Babylonstoren – keeping things simple and as true to the earth as possible. “It is this that we strive to achieve in our wine,” says Charl Coetzee. “Truth to the area we are situated in on the slopes of Simonsberg, and simplicity by making elegant and balanced wines as natural as possible.”

Wine Tasting & Tours

  • The Tasting Room is open from 10h00 to 18h00.
  • The cost of wine tasting starts at R25 for 5 wines.
  • Daily cellar tours start at the Tasting Room, every hour on the hour, from 11h00 to 15h00. It costs R50 p.p. and includes a tasting of five wines. Booking is advised. Phone 021 863 3852.
  • Please enquire about cellar tours for groups of 11–30 max.

Start Exploring

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