Franschhoek Wine Valley

Cape Winelands District has been named one of the Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2020 by Lonely Planet

“Our vast open spaces, hospitable people, fauna and flora, agricultural sector, wine industry,  fine cuisine and opportunities for grand adventure echo what all Cape Winelands tourism stakeholders believe:  A thousand things to do and then some wine….”. Stated Ald (Dr.) Elna von Schlicht,  Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality upon hearing that the Cape Winelands District has today been named one of the Top 10 Best Value Destination for 2020 by Lonely Planet.

Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

 The Mayor went on to say, “Here in the Cape Winelands and specifically at the Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM), we recognize the value of a robust tourism industry and its role in economic and skills development.  The Municipality supports tourism through our relationships with Local Tourism Associations and projects such as the Annual Mayoral Tourism Awards.  During this year we have developed the Cape Winelands Route and Events App, available free of charge to all visitors, to help travelers, visitors an even our citizens find all the special places in our district.  The people of the CWD are the strength of our tourism industry, the way we host, entertain and nourish our guests tells us that the Cape Winelands District welcomes visitors who wish to be hosted, entertained and nourished!”

Lonely Planet, a major global tourism platform, has announced today that the Cape Winelands has been selected as one of their “Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2020”.

Coming in at 8th position, Lonely Planet boasts on their website:

“The real action here is at the wineries and fabulous restaurants dotting the beautiful upland scenery. You won’t find elephants snuffling round the vineyards, but you will find inexpensive tasting tours followed by lazy lunches serving world-class food alongside delicious local wines. If you care to stretch your wallet a little further when staying the night, you can sleep it all off in high-end guesthouses and B&Bs that would cost a lot more elsewhere.”

Mayor von Schlicht thanks Local Tourism Associations, those Cape Winelanders working in our tourism and related industries and the Municipality’s Tourism and Local Economic Development units. “The proof, they say, is in the pudding! And this is most definitely proof.”

For more information please visit:  or download the new Cape Winelands Tourism and Events App from Google Playstore or Apple i-store


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