Franschhoek Wine Valley

Dutch Reformed Church Franschhoek

The Dutch Reformed Church is a Dutch Reformed church in Franschhoek, South Africa. The church was built in 1847 and is situated on the main road running through the town. This valley, tightly hemmed in by mountains, is named after the French Huguenots who fled to the Cape after religious persecution in 1688. They brought with them knowledge of viniculture and settled to make wine.

There is only one teacher in the municipality after Prof Pieter Coertzen retired on 20 April 2008 as second teacher. Prof Coertzen was a lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch’s Faculty of Theology, but linked to the Dutch Reformed Church Franschhoek. In addition, the municipality has a writer, a coster, a cleaner and two site workers. The congregation’s pianist is Mrs Felicity Grové. The town has two cemeteries: one is the historic cemetery near the church building and the other one is near the Huguenot Monument. It is also often called the “Huguenot Cemetery” because of the large number of Huguenots buried there.

The church building, located on a large estate (2.5 hectares) in the main street (Huguenot road) of Franschhoek dates back to 1847 and was fully restored in 1968. The church building has a traditional cross-shaped floor plan with a canopy but no church tower. The church building has an impressive inside and a good organ. The church building has a sound system and a closed circuit TV that serves the mother’s room and Fleur de Lis (the ACVV elderly home). A data projector and remote-controlled screen allows the preachers to display footage without deception of the church’s distinctive interior with “modern technology”.


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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.


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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