Franschhoek Wine Valley

A memorable day for 24 graduates of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy

Despite a torrid year for the 2020 Academy students and staff, 24 out of 25 students graduated at a ceremony in April held at the Franschhoek Cellar. The academic year was characterized by disrupted classes due to Covid considerations. The class also had to be split into two sessions per day, half the students attending in the morning and the balance in the afternoon. This provided onerous conditions for Jeremy Davids and his teaching staff who were required to repeat lessons and exercises on a daily basis.

The Academy’s academic year normally comprises eight months of mainly classroom training followed by a four-month internship in a restaurant, hotel, wine farm etc. Due to the disruptive effects of Covid precautions, the internship programme also had to be extended.

Despite all this, a very proud and very happy group of graduates received their certificates at a moving ceremony attended by parents, ambassadors, friends of the Academy and sponsors, including Executives from Defy which has become a significant benefactor of the Academy. Other significant benefactors and friends of the Academy are JP and Marina Colmant who presented a cheque for R47,230.

Carol Davids, the mother of Caryn Davids who is one of our students currently studying at the ITM College in Austria, made a speech which emphasized the value of the training her daughter had received from the Academy.

Then it was the all-important presentation of the certificates to the graduates by Academy Head, Jeremy Davids followed by great celebrations commemorating a very special day in 24 young lives!

The Academy wishes to thank Franschhoek Cellar for the assistance given in the hosting of the ceremony.

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’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • 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.


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

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861