Franschhoek Wine Valley

Val de Vie Equestrian Club | Polo and Riding lessons

Riding lessons: Both adults and children are welcome to book a riding lesson individually or within a small group. We cater for beginners up to experienced riders and provide a safe environment to enjoy the picturesque surroundings of Val de Vie Estate, on the back of a horse. Outrides are available for individuals or small groups, exploring the riding trails in and around the estate, traversing past vineyards, wide open spaces, and the Berg River. Booking is essential for all rides. Children aged 7 years and older are allowed on the outrides, and our weight limit per person is 85kg.

Contact Elaine Palvie for more information:

Polo lessons: Polo lessons are structured to the level of the student(s), from introductory lessons for the novice to intensive sessions focusing on specific aspects such as improving your polo swing, riding for polo or schooling the polo pony.

Instructional chukkas
Instructional chukkas are the ideal opportunity to improve your playing skills and even try an introduction to umpiring. Our weekly chukkas are also a great time to meet and play with local players.

Contact Kevin Rixon, Polo Professional/Coach, for more information:

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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
  • 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