Franschhoek Wine Valley

Johannes Du Plessis

Johannes du Plessis uses his distinct figurative style to express his love of form and nature. Johannes was born in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa 1953. After his school education he studied further gaining a higher National Diploma with distinction in fine arts. (Sculpting and drawing)


1   To view my artwork is to experience the idea of space. To imagine something and to form a particular sort of mental representation of that thing. Imagining is typically distinguished from mental states such as perceiving, remembering and believing. Therefore the figuration of recognisable objects/shapes you can find in all my work.

2   To come to a style is merely a tool, meant to facilitate the expression of an idea; therefore most artists’ work will not fit nearly into any specific category. A style is a tool, not a label. I utilize my Expressionistic style as a tool to achieve my goal. Every collection of artworks that I create might differ from the previous year. The reason for that is, to search for the ultimate challenge, a playground of fulfilment.

3   I collect subconsciously the wide variety of visual stimuli around us every day, in advertisements and media, our relationships and experiences, objects, nature and architecture and people, to mention a few. All these can offer artistic references.

4   Within my work you will find all sorts of elements, faces and figuration. With my spontaneous artistic approach on the canvas, I stimulate and evoke the viewer’s senses so that he/she could discover what ever he likes to perceive. I describe my new creations as infinite, therefore the endlessness that borderline the work.


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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