Franschhoek Wine Valley

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Franschhoek Vignerons Shine At Platters

After months of anticipation the wait is finally over. The 2020 Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide was launched on Friday, 8 November to a room full of industry and media heavyweights, and once again Franschhoek Vignerons took top honours in most of the categories as well as…

L’Ormarins’ Abednic Simanga Acknowledged At Agri Awards

At a gala event which took place on Saturday, 2 November at Nederburg Wines in Paarl, the winners of this year’s Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Competition were announced, and L’Ormarins’ Abednic Simanga was awarded the winner of the Animal Production category. The Agri-Awards – an initiative previously known as…

Franschhoek’s Restaurants Bestowed With Industry Accolades

Not only is it the height of awards season for the wine industry, but it is also full steam ahead for restaurants. With the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards around the corner chefs in and around the country are on tender hooks as they await news as to who…

Franschoek’s Culinary Status Reaffirmed

The list of nominees for the hotly contested 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards has been released, and six Franschhoek establishments have been included in the list of 30 finalists. The Franschhoek restaurants to secure a spot are the following: Chefs Warehouse at Maison La Petite Colombe Le Coin Français…

Franschhoek Vignerons Deliver A Stellar Performance At Leading Industry Awards

With the wine industry awards in full swing Franschhoek’s Vignerons delivered a stellar performance at both the Michelangelo International Wine Awards and Veritas Awards, which took place a week apart from each. Since its inception the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, which took place on 4 October, has differentiated itself from…

Le Petit Manoir A Favourite On Hosco-Audi Luxury Tourism Awards List

Earlier this month the  The Hospitality Counsel hosted their annual Hosco-Audi Luxury Tourism Awards, and Le Petit Manoir Franschhoek secured 4th position overall on this prestigious list, which celebrates the finest contributions to the South African hospitality sector. Le Petit Manoir Franschhoek was one of 60 nominees shortlisted. In addition…

Grande Provence finalist in Young Winemaker of the Year

The finalists for the 19th Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been released, and Thys Smit of Grande Provence has been included in the line-up of five winemakers who will vie for this prestigious title. The winner will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner at La…

Tourism Top of Mind for Franschhoek Service Providers

The Franschhoek Wine Valley certainly packs a punch when it comes to tourism service delivery. Not only is the region regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producing areas as well as SA’s Culinary Capital, but tourism is also key in their continued efforts to stay ahead of the…

Regional Finalists Announced In Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Competition

The results of this year’s Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Competition are in, which saw Franschhoek Wine Valley represented by 10 finalists. This round of the competition was held to select regional winners chosen from the Bergrivier, Breedevallei, Central Karoo, Durbanville, EGVV, Franschhoek, Garden Route, Hexvallei, Klein Karoo, Langeberg, Olifantsrivier,…

Franschhoek Vignerons once again included in the ‘ultimate’ wine list

The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition, which was conceptualized in 2015, has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers, and the winning wines for 2019 were recently announced with seven Franschhoek vignerons shining in their relevant categories.…

Franschhoek plays host to Sommelier Cup finalists

On 23 and 25 September the Franschhoek Wine Valley gets the opportunity to showcase its wide range of stellar wines to the semi-finalists competing in this year’s triennial Sommelier Cup competition, presented by Wines of South Africa (WoSA). Representing countries from across the globe the sommeliers will spend the day…

Franschhoek Female Empowerment On Display At the 2019 Franschhoek Prestige Agri-Awards

Since its inception in 2002 female agri worker participants have increased significantly, which has resulted in 13 women moving forward to the next round. At total of 43 finalists from Franschhoek were selected. Another noticeable factor was the women’s level of knowledge and passion for their respective responsibilities, which impressed…

Franschhoek Vignerons go pop at Amorim Cork Challenge

Awards season is in full swing with the 2019 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge results being the latest to be announced. The Franschhoek Wine Valley was well represented with four of its producers scooping awards in the relevant categories. In the Blanc de Blanc category not only did Colmant receive Double Gold…

Franschhoek Vignerons Tickled Pink At Rosé Rocks

A competition dedicated entirely to Rosé and Franschhoek Vignerons scooped no less than 17 medals in total at this year’s Rosé Rocks competition. Eight Double Gold and seven Gold Medal winners  were awarded in the Still Wine category. In the MCC category Franschhoek Vignerons were awarded one Double Gold and…

Franschhoek Vignerons rated amongst the best in Tim Atkin report

Not only did the beginning of September signify the start of a new season, but it also coincided with the release of the seventh annual review of South African wines by British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin. In this critically acclaimed report the Franschhoek Wine Valley reaffirmed its position as…

Babylonstoren calendar achieves a silver award at the Loeries

At the 41st Annual Loerie Awards, which took place on 23 August 2019 at the Durban ICC, Babylonstoren’s 2019 Calendar was awarded Silver in the Graphic Design category. Congratulations to the Babylonstoren team – Maranda Engelbrecht, Adel Ferreira and Mercia Maree. Their 2020 calendar will be in the Farm Shop…

Franschhoek Vignerons excel at 2019 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards

This year’s Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards saw a staggering 328 wines entered for the 2019 competition, with the results of these announced at a special awards ceremony on 1 August. Judged by a panel of highly esteemed industry role players, , the Franschhoek Wine Valley excelled in the district…

Big Win For Franschhoek Vignerons At Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Of the 956 wines judged from 206 producers, 32 gold medals were awarded and 24 trophies were awarded to deserving producers at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The announcement took place at a special awards event in Cape Town oearlier in June. Two of the big winners were…

Platinum for Le Lude at Decanter

After two weeks of judging the results are in for the 16th annual Decanter World Wine Awards, which saw France scoop 13 of the 50 Best In Show medals. South Africa earned six Platinum medals, which included the 2012 Vintage Le Lude Cuvée – the first South African MCC to…

Franschhoek Vignerons in the Top 6 for Cab Franc Challenge

Holden Manz Estate’s Cabernet Franc 2017 and My Wyn’s Les Grandes Horizontales 2015 have each  secured a spot as one of the Top 6 Wines at this year’s Cabernet Franc Challenge. Now in its 4th year the competition highlights quality wines produced by some of South Africa’s most passionate winemakers.…

10 Year Old Wine Awards 2019 winners announced

Congratulations to Haut Espoir and La Bri who were amongst the winners announced at the 2019 10 Year Old Wine Awards, which was hosted by Winemag.co.za. 92 entries from 42 producers were received, and the entries were tasted blind, by a three-person panel, with the scoring done according to the…

A Stellar Year For Franschhoek

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading wine producing regions as well as the country’s premier culinary destination, the Franschhoek Wine Valley has every reason to raise a glass to a stellar year. Earning top accolades has once again placed this picture perfect valley at the top of visitors’ minds.…

StreetSmart hands over R110,000 in aid of vulnerable children in Franschhoek

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting venues in the Western Cape, Garden Route, Gauteng and KZN, has handed over R110,000 to their Franschhoek beneficiary for 2019. This grand effort is part of the total StreetSmart…

Franschhoek Vigneron is 2018 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year

It’s an event that everyone wants to attend, and when they do they dress up to the nine’s, and this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Awards once again lived up to its sparkling reputation. La Residence was once again the venue for the awards evening, which was attended…

Isak Buys triumphs at 2018 Prestige Agri-Awards

Following on from the announcement of the finalists for this year’s 5th annual Prestige Agri-Awards, there was excitement in the air when the winners of 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker were announced. The results were announced at a gala event on 3 November at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl,…

Franschhoek reaffirms its position as one of SA’s premier culinary destinations

After months of waiting the big day finally arrived as the winners of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards were announced. Of the 30 nominees a list of South Africa’s Top 20 were selected, which saw four Franschhoek eateries securing a spot on this sought after list. The winning…

Franschhoek Regional 2018 Prestige Agri-Awards Winners Announced

The 5th annual Prestige Agri-Awards recently took place at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek, where the winners for the sought after titles were announced. The initiative, previously known as the Farmworker of the Year competition, honours excellence in the province’s agricultural sector.  In doing so the competition is able…

Franschhoek Vigneron triumphs at 2018 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge

Included in the list of 10 winners announced at the fifth annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards secured a position for a third year. This year, the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Chenin Blanc 2016 made it onto the list together with other prominent SA wine…

2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced

The results for the 22nd annual  Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced at a special awards event held at Cavalli Estate, which was attended by key industry role players and media. Included in the list of Top 10 winners were two Franschhoek Vignerons, namely Allée Bleue and Môreson. Allée…

Bradley to represent Franschhoek in France

Bradley Ewerts who works as a Cellar Assistant at Haut Espoir, will soon be jetting off to Burgundy in France to participate in the prestigious Burgundy Exchange Programme. The programme, which is an initiative of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, aims to give previously disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to…

2018 Winemag Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report released

The fourth annual Winemag Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report has just been published, which saw Babylonstoren’s Nebukadneser 2016 scoring an impressive 90 out of a possible 100-point quality scale. The grapes for this award-winning wine are grown on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, in a combination of Klapmuts/Longlands type…

Franschhoek producers triumph at International Wine Challenge 2018

Franschhoek Vignernons have reaffirmed their position as one of SA’s leading wine producing regions at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2018. The IWC is regarded as one of the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competitions, which follows a rigorous judging process. Every wine is blind tasted and…

Holden Manz and Plaisir de Merle excel in Prescient report

The seventh annual Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report has been published and two Franschhoek Vignerons impressed the judging panel, each scoring 90+ for their wines entered. A total of 89 entries were received from 74 producers, and the wines were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, with…

Franschhoek Vignerons recognized at Cabernet Franc Challenge

The annual Cabernet Franc Challenge recently took place at Avontuur Estate in Stellenbosch which saw Holden Manz and My Wyn were recognized for producing superb wines. Winners were selected for wines of outstanding complexity and elegance. A total of 50 entries were received, and the wines were judged by an…

Dalewood does it again!

Looks are certainly deceiving when it comes to Dalewood Fromage, as this small dairy farm situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek punches well above its weight when bringing home the accolades. In November 2017 Dalewood had reason to end off the year on a high note with the excellent results…

South African Wine Estate shines in 2018 Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards

Enjoying internationally acclaim for the quality of its wine tourism offering, Franschhoek-based La Motte Wine Estate has again been acknowledged as Best Food and Wine Matching Experience in the 2018 edition of the Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards.  Comments from the judging panel included: “Great wine and food experience, fun, interesting and exciting…

Top 5 for Pearl Valley Golf Course at Val de Vie Estate

Golf Digest today announced that Pearl Valley, Val de Vie Estate’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, has been ranked as the 5th best golf course in the country. The course was also ranked as the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape. The biennial ‘Golf Digest Top 100 Courses…

It’s a hat-trick for Babylonstoren

The Babylonstoren Hotel has once again secured a spot on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. This is the third time in a row that the luxurious boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, has been acknowledged by this internationally recognized lifestyle and travel publication.…

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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 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.

Disclaimer

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
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za