Franschhoek Wine Valley

Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve

The Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve (CWBR), a non-profit company, was registered in 2007 with UNESCO as South Africa’s 5th biosphere reserve and covers 322 032 ha in the Western Cape Winelands.

CWBR has a multitude of projects based around Conservation, Education and Research. All, interlinked, in order to be meaningful and effective, in the ever-changing situations and landscapes we work in. The Base Line Data Project, using the latest drone technology, feed up-to-date information to University research programs, Municipalities, WWF, Alien clearing Agencies, Department of Environmental Affairs, Cape Nature, Tourism and other affiliated organizations.

The educational programs support the needs across the board, from 3-year-olds to adults. This includes, but not limited to, building schools, training educators, outdoor educational hikes and camps, permaculture gardens and registered adult educational courses.

Bridging the gap for underprivileged communities to have the opportunities to enter mainstream employment opportunities or start their own business. Gain self-esteem live a dignified lifestyle, and be self-sufficient. All is made possible, through sound collaboration with funders, partners, volunteers, businesses, and a dedicated team. To find out how you can get involved contact Mark Heistein

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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