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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…

Leeu Collection Unveils Exciting New Food Offerings for Franschhoek

Leeu Collection has revealed exciting new plans for its Cape Winelands properties that will cement its desire to host only the very best dining experiences (that make the most of local produce and talent) and reinforce Franschhoek’s title as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa. The seeds for this concept were…

Franschhoek Vignernons 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…

Celebrate #CapClassiqueDay with a bottle of Franschhoek Méthode Cap Classique

Everyone agrees that there is just something extraordinary and exceptional about popping open a bottle of your favourite Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) and even more so if this special experience happens to take place in a breathtaking setting in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. It is certainly the ultimate in celebrating…

Franschhoek swings into Spring

The Franschhoek Wine Valley has been blessed with an abundance of much needed rain this past season. Not only is the Berg River dam full, but the valley is looking absolutely spectacular. The trees are in full bloom as their blossoms symbolise the first signs of Spring and the vineyards…

Shine brightly at this year’s Protea Party

Celebrating everything “Bright and Light” will be the theme of the sixth annual Protea Party, taking place at the spectacular Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek on Saturday 26 October 2019. Regarded as one of the Cape Winelands’ social calendar highlights, Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s annual winelands harvest-style feast promises a night…

A newbie’s guide to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival

For those that have never had the chance to experience the Franschhoek Bastille Festival before, you absolutely HAVE to get yourself over to the historical little village of Franschhoek this weekend! The town comes alive in a BIG way so don’t miss out – it is certainly the only time…

Vive la France! Vive la Franschhoek

July is significant to Franschhoek in so many ways. The most notable being the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which celebrates our region’s French heritage. Did you know that the valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture?  Most…

Experience Franschhoek this season!

Winter brings out the best that Franschhoek has to offer – cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food, memorable experiences, breath-taking scenery and so much more. Traditionally a quieter time in Franschhoek there are also a number of establishments in and around the Valley who are offering Winter inspired packages too…

Celebrate dads in Franschhoek this Father’s Day

Franschhoek is the perfect place to spoil your dad this Father’s Day! Why not make an entire weekend of it? Start your morning with a leisurely breakfast at one of Franschhoek’s best breakfast spots. You can cozy up at Bistro BonBon to the crackling sound of a wood-burning fireplace, while…

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…

Celebrate today with a glass of Chardonnay!

There is no excuse not to open a bottle of your favourite Chardonnay today. So let us all raise our glasses to International Chardonnay day! Chardonnay’s popularity makes it one of the most planted white varieties in the world – about 160 000 ha. It is also planted in more…

Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter

The changing of the seasons brings with it a myriad of comforts, but the best news is that Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter and guaranteed to keep the cold at bay. Franschhoek is the picture of absolute perfection during this time and the scenery that awaits your visit is guaranteed to take…

Family escape to Grande Provence in the Franschhoek winelands

Enjoy the splendour of a perfect two-day private family retreat in the Franschhoek winelands and take advantage of the luxurious Grande Provence winter accommodation offer. This tailor-made family experience at La Provençale, the secluded hide-away at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate, offers wonderful value and a host of activities that…

Franschhoek amongst the Top 30 travel destinations for millennials

With the 2nd half of 2019 fast approaching most millennials make use of this time to plan their next holiday. Whether it’s solo travel or a bucket list once-in-a-lifetime trip, they are chomping at the bit to hop on the next plane (or car) and experience what the world has…

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.…

Meet John Norris – La Petite Colombe Head Chef

Talented, young Cape Town chef, John Norris-Rogers, is the Head Chef at one of La Colombe’s latest restaurant ventures which opened August 2017 in Franschhoek – La Petite Colombe. A 90’s child, born in Pretoria, and having lived in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, John Norris-Rogers decided to make Cape Town his…

Franschhoek restaurants to showcase their finest French culinary skills

Le Coin Français’ Executive Chef, Darren Badenhorst, will once again get the opportunity to showcase his French culinary skills this week at the fifth annual Goût de France (Good France) week which takes place during 18 to 24 March. Adding extra Franschhoek flair will be the team at Le Petite…

Winter Heartland Escape at Grande Provence in Franschhoek

Banish the winter blues and make Grande Provence in picturesque Franschhoek your ultimate winelands destination. Their nurturing Heartland accommodation packages are tailor-made for a blissful winter escape at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate. The Heartland packages at both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale offer wonderful winter value with welcoming…

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 tantalizing space of flavours at the ‘Lekker Room’ at Babylonstoren

In the same 18th-century building, which originally housed the blacksmith, stables and waenhuis (waggon house), Babylonstoren now has the Lekker Room – a tantalizing space of flavours where their own almonds and pecan nuts, grown on the farm, are roasted. From roasted nuts to steaming coffee and everything in between…

Soak up the last rays of Summer in Franschhoek

Despite the recent fires that broke out in the Franschhoek Wine Valley mountains we’re pleased to announce that it’s business as usual and the region is still looking as beautiful as ever. During this time, it was remarkable to observe how the Franschhoek Community came together in an hour of…

Worldwine Women explore the Franschhoek Wine Valley

Earlier in February the Franschhoek Wine Valley had the pleasure of hosting four dynamic women aptly referred to as the Worldwine Women. This group of friends and students – Alice, Louise, Alexandra and Atalante – have made it their duty to explore vineyards across the globe, with the goal of…

Franschhoek returns to the Winter Sculpture Fair – 11 & 12 May 2019

The popular Winter Sculpture Fair, a unique sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, returns to the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park over the weekend of 11 and 12 May. Organisers of the event, Artlogic, have once again teamed up with the Franschhoek Wine Valley to bring to the…

Solo travelling in Franschhoek – an article by Lorinda’s World

Already a global phenomenon, solo travelling, and in particular female solo travelling, is becoming a growing trend in South Africa. The beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley is the perfect destination for solo travellers. By travelling solo, travellers are guaranteed to uncover a myriad of gems, ranging from world-class wines, five-star cuisine…

Margot Janse takes Isabelo project to Brussels

Award-winning chef and Franschhoek local, Margot Janse’s passion for food and giving back to the community is a shining example to all through a project very close to her heart. Margot’s charity project, ‘Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds’, which she initiated in 2009, provides nutritious breakfasts on a daily basis to…

Harvest season in Franschhoek

The months of February and March have great significance in the wine industry, in that it symbolises the celebration of the harvest. This integral part of the winemaking process is a carefully curated journey from vineyard to bottle, which requires the focused attention of the winemaker and their teams. Their…

Paul Gerber joins Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne as winemaker

Our Colmant 2019 harvest is in full swing, with the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir looking promising. It is a year of exciting changes and growth at Colmant. In our continuing journey to produce the finest boutique Cap Classique in South Africa, we are thrilled that Paul Gerber, one of South…

Sweet treats and Rosés at Anthonij Rupert Wyne during the month of love

This year Anthonij Rupert Wyne turns Valentine’s Day into a month long celebration of love. During the month of February visitors to the estate, situated in the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, are invited to enjoy a complimentary tasting of their Rosé wines. Sample any or all of the Estate produced…

Grande Provence Harvest Festival is a barrel of family fun

February is harvest time in the winelands and the perfect time for Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate to roll out the barrel for their annual Harvest Festival in Franschhoek on Saturday, 23 February 2019. Get ready to pick and stomp grapes with the whole family to the jovial beat of…

Seasonal harvest highlights shared with visitors to Allée Bleue

Allée Bleue, the family-owned Estate near Franschhoek in South Africa is primarily a working farm with nearly 80 hectares planted to fruit and olive trees adding to the tranquillity which our setting reflects.    Our wines are justly famous, having won hundreds of awards over the years and the Allée Bleue…

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.…

Boxing Day and New Year Braai Picnic at Grande Provence

Unwind in the beautiful Franschhoek winelands after the Christmas rush with a leisurely braai picnic on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day at the delightful new Bistro at Grande Provence. Embrace the Day of Goodwill with loved ones with a Boxing Day braai picnic under the oaks on Wednesday, 26…

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…

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…

Must love meat – Babylonstoren Carnivore Evenings

Every Wednesday we draw on our local culture and a hint of Italian flair to gather a host of like-minded, meat-loving guests at long tables at the Babylonstoren Bakery. This five-course, communal feast is hosted by braai masters Jaco and Eddie, who will grill each prime cut of meat from the…

Haute Cabrière unveils a new look in time for the festive season

ALMOST 25 years since the von Arnim family launched the iconic Haute Cabrière wine range, the brand is set to undergo an exciting packaging upgrade just in time for the upcoming Festive Season. The Franschhoek-based winery, with its iconic setting on the scenic Franschhoek Pass, has been specialising in wines produced…

Festive season at Grande Provence in Franschhoek

Indulge in a host of festivities at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek this festive season from stylish dinners with all the trimmings to more leisurely outdoor events. Christmas lunch and dinner Treat your loved ones to a Winelands Christmas and experience Franschhoek dining at its best. Eat, drink…

A ‘Vine’ time to visit Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek, South Africa, is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting replanting project at the vineyard. This is the first time the vineyard, which covers over 100 acres, has been replanted since 1994. The project will see a completely new approach to planting and wine-maker, Dustin…

The Best Way To Enjoy Your Favourite Franschhoek Bubbly This Festive Season

Gone are the days when Méthode Cap Classique (MCC), or Bubbly as it is also fondly referred to, was only enjoyed at special occasions. These days it has become the preferred drink of choice for any occasion – sundowner, brunch, or with a meal. In fact, any occasion is suited…

Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Allée Bleue

The Beautiful Allée Bleue Estate is set to become a favourite destination this holiday season with a host of exciting offerings. During the festive days of 24, 25 and 26 December families are welcomed to indulge in Allée Bleue’s popular picnics that have become a signature event in the Winelands.…

Unwind in style at the Paserene Open Day

Are you ready for an entertaining Saturday in the Franschhoek Wine Valley for the whole family? Unwind in style at the annual Paserene Open Day, hosted at the Paserene tasting lounge, the newest addition to the Franschhoek Wine Route on the 17th November. Festival goers can expect live music from…

Grande Provence oysters & bubbly pairing smacks of summer

Savour the ultimate taste experience of uplifting Méthode Cap Classique and fresh West Coast oysters at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Served from the oyster bar under majestic oaks in the magnificent Sculpture Garden, the MCC & oyster pairing embraces three uniquely dressed oysters to complement the character…

New summer dishes grace the table at Grande Provence

Chef Guy Bennett of The Restaurant at Grande Provence has tweaked his summer dishes with his signature modern South African flair by introducing new seasonal flavours and lighter textures at this landmark Franschhoek eatery. Unfettered by the notion of a fixed restaurant menu, Chef Guy champions an ever evolving and…

Reuben Riffel expands his restaurant empire to the valley of life

Reuben’s and Co Cafè, the latest restaurant in the impressive portfolio of acclaimed South African chef Reuben Riffel, will be opening on Val de Vie Estate in November 2018. The concept of Reuben’s and Co Cafè is based on seasonal, health-conscious dishes prepared with fresh ingredients grown organically on Val…

Franschhoek swings into Spring this September

Spring is here and what better time to embrace this cheerful season in all its finery than at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 15 and 16 September. Discover a plethora of experiences as you travel from one estate to the next sampling fabulous…

Franschhoek Swings into Spring Media Day

On 2 and 3 August 2018 Franschhoek Wine Valley hosted a few influencers in Franschhoek to showcase what’s new and happening this Spring! The group experienced the Sculpture Walk at La Motte, had lunch at the new Le Petit Manoir, visited the new tasting room at Paserene Wine Estate, enjoyed…

Unwind with a Franschhoek country picnic at Grande Provence

Escape to the Franschhoek winelands and unwind with a scrumptious country-style picnic on the picture perfect Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Packed to the brim with delicious artisanal foods, the Grande Country Picnic baskets include free range chicken, estate made hummus, local cheeses and preserves, heirloom garden salad, smoked snoek…

New delight at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant

Expect a fresh interpretation to the acclaimed wine and food experience on Franschhoek-based La Motte Wine Estate. With an eye on global culinary trends and embracing the signature modern focus of newly appointed executive chef, Eric Bulpitt, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant is shining a new light on heritage cuisine. Since…

Small plates make it BIG at Grande Provence this winter

Enjoy a unique dining experience in the Franschhoek winelands with the all new small plates menu at The Restaurant at Grande Provence. The menu offers a wide range of small plate options of some of Chef Guy Bennett’s most popular dishes. Choose three of your favourite plates from grilled linefish,…

Bastille Goes Local!

Locals, don’t run away this July. Rather save the date for Franschhoek’s French inspired 25th annual Bastille Festival, 14 and 15 July. This year is guaranteed to bring out the Parisian in you, as you celebrate the valley’s heritage with us in the marquee. The village, as always, will be a…

Keeping it fabulously French in Franschhoek this July

Traditionally July is associated with hibernation as we feel the full force of Winter. The Franschhoek Wine Valley is anything but sleepy as it embraces this month with French vigour. During July Franschhoek locals celebrate their French heritage with a little extra pomp and ceremony as they welcome visitors 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…

The Franschhoek Beer Co

Our world class, hand crafted beers are made by our dedicated brewmaster with the purest Franschhoek mountain spring water and the best quality hops and malt we can lay our hands on to ensure a superior quality beer. Made from only natural ingredients, our beers are unpasturised and naturally carbonated.…

Purchase your Franschhoek Winter Wines Value Box now!

22 of Franschhoek’s finest red wines showcased at the 2018 Winter Wines Festival delivered to your doorstep for only R 3 700  (values at R 4 221, over R 500 in savings!) Pre-order your Winters Wines box via Webtickets or purchase on the day at Franschhoek Winter Wines, 16 June…

Tantalise the senses with a new wine pairing experience at Anthonij Rupert Estate

The poetic pairing of Shiraz and charcuterie has long been celebrated, and notably so at Anthonij Rupert Estate in Franschhoek, as they introduce their brand new ‘Shiraz & Charcuterie Pairing’, which will be presented in the comfort of the Terra del Capo Tasting Room. This latest bespoke offering joins the…

Secret season indulgence at the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar

A carefully curated menu of quintessential Italian dishes will be available at the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar – situated at the Anthonij Rupert estate in Franschhoek – this winter. Signature favourites from previous menus include the crisp fried Calamari (with a zesty new Parsley and Lemon Pesto twist), and…

Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter

The slight chill in the air is a clear indication that Winter is almost here. Winter brings with it a myriad of comforts, but the best news is that Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter and guaranteed to keep the cold at bay. Franschhoek is the picture of absolute perfection during this time…

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…

Hearty lunch and winter value at The Restaurant at Grande Provence

Enjoy the splendour of a sunny winter’s day in the Franschhoek winelands with a hearty lunch and warm generosity in the beautiful surroundings of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Taylor-made for locals looking for superb winter value, Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a special main course lunch paired with…

Celebrating Moms in May

Make Mom feel extra special during the month of May by treating her to an unforgettable Franschhoek experience. Although Sunday, 13 May is officially Mother’s Day Franschhoek is open to Moms throughout this celebratory month with an array of delightful treats. Make the most of Mom’s experience and tailor make…

Tuk Tuk Microbrewery spices things up with new menu

Tuk Tuk, part of Leeu Collection and located on Franschhoek’s vibey main street is well known for its bespoke brews and Mexican food. The popular Taqueria has recently introduced mouth-watering new dishes on its updated menu. Created by the innovative chef Martin Senekal, the new menu was a direct outcome…

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…

Celebrate this Mother’s Day at The Franschhoek Beer Co.

Join us this Mother’s Day! Over the Mother’s Day weekend we will be offering a limited edition Mother’s Day beertail. Located just outside of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, nestled next to century old Oak trees you will find Tap|Eat, the home of The Franschoek Beer Co. Set on a farm with sprawling green…

Grande Provence rolls out the red carpet on Mother’s Day

Let Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate treat your mom like a queen with a masterly crafted meal, gorgeous wines, or for the ultimate spoil, a luxurious weekend getaway in Franschhoek on Mother’s Day, Sunday, 13 May, In honour of his own mom, Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a delicious…

Top Franschhoek chefs team up for StreetSmart fundraiser

Three top Franschhoek chefs are putting on their super hero aprons in aid of the region’s most vulnerable children at a fabulous StreetSmart luncheon on Monday, 7 May 2018. Chefs Chris Erasmus, Darren Badenhorst and Neil Jewel are joining forces for this not-to-be-missed 3-course fund-raiser at Foliage Restaurant. StreetSmart SA,…

Franschhoek returns to the Winter Sculpture Fair

The popular Winter Sculpture Fair, a sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, returns to the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park over the weekend of 12 and 13 May. Organisers of the event, Artlogic, have once again teamed up with the Franschhoek Wine Valley to bring to the fair the finest culinary…

Franschhoek’s Darren Badenhorst to showcase his skills during Goût de France

Le Coin Français’ Executive Chef, Darren Badenhorst, will get the opportunity to showcase his culinary skills this week at the fourth annual Goût de France (Good France) week which takes place during 19 to 25 March. The purpose of the initiative is to embrace and respect differences, the exchange of…

Inspired by the grape | 24 March 2018

The grape, small and unpretentious, yet responsible for a worldwide phenomenon which has resulted in a plethora of superb wine varietals we have come to love and appreciate throughout the years. On Saturday, 24 March Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate in Franschhoek will pay homage to this bountiful fruit by hosting a special grape inspired…

Serene family Easter picnic at Grande Provence in Franschhoek

Enjoy a relaxed family picnic this Easter Sunday complete with an Easter egg hunt for the kids, a wide variety of delicious country-style eats and fabulous wines at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. In addition to picnic baskets filled to the brim, visitors can opt for a selection of lighter foods…

Upload your #franscHHoekmoments to Instagram and WIN!

We invited a few talented local Instagrammers to join us for an afternoon of #franscHHoekmoments in the valley. We started with a food and wine pairing at Grande Provence, followed by a walk through the village, where we stopped at Reuben's Restaurant, David Walters' ceramics gallery, Huguenot Fine Chocolate and…

Boschendal flies high with SWISS Airline

Reaffirming its position in the industry for producing superb wines, SWISS Airline has selected the Boschendal Chardonnay Reserve Collection 2012 as one of the premium wines for their summer 2015 offering. The wine will be served to First Class passengers onboard SWISS Airline. A pre-determined list was selected by the…

The New Pink Lynx has Arrived!

Every year Lynx Wines seems to be one of the first wineries to release a wine from the new vintage. This year is no different and on 28 March they are holding the official launch of their delightfully pink Blanc de Noir 2015, only 9 weeks after the grapes were…

Franschhoek joins the prestigious Délice Network of Good Food Cities

Franschhoek, regarded by those in the know as South Africa’s Culinary Capital, has been appointed a member of The Délice Network of Good Food Cities of the World. Délice is an international network of likeminded cities engaged in promoting the benefits of culinary excellence and good food.  According to Jean-Michel…

Noble Hill wins 3 Gold medals at Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards

The Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards is Japan’s largest international wine competition. Recognizing the importance of women working as sommeliers, wine experts, and household buyers, the competition is judged entirely by women. This year marked the best result so for South African winery Noble Hill, with Gold Medals for the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, and Mourvèdre Rosé. Noble Hill’s small-batch…

Franschhoek Wine Dog of the Month: February

Meet Peggy-Sue the fun loving nine-year-old Staffie, the Franschhoek Wine Dog for February, and whose owner is La Bri winemaker Irene Waller.  According to Irene, Peggy-Sue has a distinct passion for Merlot says Irene. She also has a keen sense for ripeness and will taste all, but only eat the…

Franschhoek Summer Wines 2015 in Pictures

On Sunday the 7th of February 2015, the sun was out and shining beautifully for the Franschhoek Summer Wines festival. Hosted at Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards, the festival was a celebration of the valley's top summer reds, whites, rosés and MCCs. It was an all-white fashion affair and guests looked…

Franschhoek sees double at San Pellegrino Young Chef 2015

Regarded as one of the most prestigious culinary competitions globally this year’s San Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 Awards is represented by Franschhoek both on the judging panel and Top 10 finalists. Internationally acclaimed Margot Janse, Executive Chef at Le Quartier Français’ The Tasting Room, will be joining fellow judges chefs Massimo…

Say “I love you!” in Franschhoek this Valentine’s Day

We’re not sure if it’s our breathtaking mountains, our small village atmosphere or our superb food and wine that makes Franschhoek such a perfect place for romance, but so many people here find it easy to say “I love you”. This year, during Valentines weekend, lovers, friends and families will…

Introducing Franschhoek’s Wine Dogs

Franschhoek may be well known for its superb wines and world class cuisine, but did you know that it is also home to some of the most loyal, and cutest dogs? Regarded as ‘man’s best friend’ we’ll be paying homage to these trusted furry friends, showcasing a different dog each…

Barrels of fun at Grande Provence Harvest Festival

Celebrate the 2015 grape harvest with Grande Provence on Saturday, 28 February, with fun and laughter as the order of the day at their annual Harvest Festival. Start your morning at 9H00 with artisanal coffee and farm baked muffins followed by a day of grape picking, stomping, wine tasting and…

#festivefranscHHoek: Fine food, fabulous wine and loads of fun

Welcome to Franschhoek! There is something so delightfully decadent about shopping after hours. Not grocery shopping, but shopping-shopping – exploring clothing boutiques, browsing art galleries, and nipping in and out of artisanal food stores and tempting chocolate shops. Add a glass or two of chilled bubbly to the experience and,…

Franschhoek Summer Wines

Summer is here! Join the Franschhoek Vignerons at the annual Summer Wines Festival on Saturday 7 February at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards from 12pm to 5pm. Franschhoek winemakers will be showcasing their top white, rosé or MCC wines at this intimate event. Enjoy delicious food from the rotisserie kitchen, while…

Summer Picnics with French Flair at Grande Provence

Embrace lazy summer days with a rustic French-style picnic under the oaks in the beautifully landscaped garden overlooking the vineyards of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. With scrumptious morsels and a bottle of Angels Tears wine, you’re set for a tranquil afternoon on this fabulous wine estate. Grande…

Win four tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines

Simply tell us which Franschhoek wine is your favourite wine to drink during Summer, and stand a chance of winning four tickets (valued at R480) to Franschhoek Summer Wines on Saturday, 7 February 2015, courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley To enter, simply comment on the competition post below with your…

Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival in Pictures

This past weekend hundreds of people flocked to Franschhoek to experience the Magic of Bubbles at the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, presented by MasterCard. It was a flurry of black and white, parasols and Panama hats and lots of good style. Tickets for the event, which showcased some…

Solms-Delta – a must-visit wine estate ticks all the boxes

Most visitors to the Western Cape will head out to the Winelands over the holiday season, in search of a quintessential, all-embracing wine farm experience: great wine, great food and a perfect day in the country, with a wide choice of fun and interesting activities. Solms-Delta wine estate in Franschhoek…

Experience Festive Franschhoek from 10 – 16 December 2014

Escape the hustle and bustle of the silly season and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of the Franschhoek Wine Valley to recharge. From 10 to 16 December Franschhoek will come alive with festive cheer when wine farms, restaurants, retail stores and accommodation establishments pull out the stops. Dine at leisure,…

Winelands High Tea – A decadent affair

We might be biased, but we believe that Franschhoek's Winelands High Tea is the best there is. To get a second opinion, we recently invited a group of lovely ladies from the media and blog world to join us for high tea and bubbly with our charismatic host, Nick Davies. …

Pierneef à La Motte’s summer menu celebrates tradition with innovation and theatre

Acclaimed Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant on La Motte Estate has just introduced its Summer Menu – a celebration of traditional Cape Winelands Cuisine, served in a way that both entices the palate and stimulates conversation. While the new menu stays true to the estate’s passion for conserving heritage and…

Franschhoek Does It Again!

Franschhoek has once again been voted by KLINK supporters as the best wine route in the Most Memorable Wine Route category, for the third consecutive year. In addition Franschhoek was also announced as the winner in the Crowd Pleaser category for the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival. The results were announced…

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

Relax in the grand marquee situated on the lawns surrounding Franschhoek’s iconic Huguenot Monument or engage with winemakers as they present some of South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) and France’s best Champagnes.   Complementing the selection of bubblies are mouth-watering delights offered by the local restaurants that have firmly…

What to do in Franschhoek during the beautiful month of October

October is regarded as the beautiful month with flowers in full bloom and everything looking sparkling new and fresh. The timing couldn’t be better to visit Franschhoek, which plays host to three intimate yet popular events.   View exquisite ceramic works by internationally acclaimed potter David Walters at this year’s Franschhoek…

Franschhoek Uncorked Photo Competition winner announced!

We are pleased to congratulate Almari Arangies for winning two tickets to the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival from 29 to 30 November! We loved her Franschhoek Uncorked festival image taken at Lynx Wine Estate this past weekend: We have also captured a few of our festival-goers’ Franschhoek Uncorked moments…

Family fun in Franschhoek

School holidays are here! Running out of ideas on how to keep the family and kids entertained? Bring them to Franschhoek for a fun-filled day out. Something sweet is always a treat. The world famous Huguenot Fine Chocolates is pure chocolate heaven and a delight for young and old! Indulge…

Franschhoek Uncorked weekend highlights: Part 2

This past weekend, 21 of Franschhoek’s wineries showcased their delicious wines and offerings to a great crowd that joined Franschhoek Uncorked with us this year! This is part two of some of the highlights. Check out Part 1 here.  La Chataigne Boule, live music, homemade lemonade and La Chataigne wines…

Franschhoek Uncorked weekend highlights: Part 1

This past weekend, 21 of Franschhoek’s wineries showcased their delicious wines and offerings to a great crowd that joined Franschhoek Uncorked with us this year! We are looking back at some of our best Franschhoek Uncorked moments. Babylonstoren Wine and olive tastings at Babylonstoren Noble Hill Wine Estate Ice cream…

Popping the cork on a new blog for the Franschhoek Valley

Just in time to celebrate with the many bottles we will be popping in the valley this weekend at the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, today we officially launch our  brand new blog platform. Together with Flow Cape Town and Destinate Solutions, we have developed this blog as an interactive, up-to-the-minute portal…

Klink Awards 2014: Cast your votes

Voting for the 2014 Klink Awards is underway and Franchhoek Wine Valley has been nominated to retain its Happy Times Award for Most Memorable Wine Route. Franschhoek Wine Valley also took this award home in 2012. The Franschhoek Bastile Festival, which is now in its 21st year, has been nominated for…

Franschhoek’s must-stop for chocoholics

Denver Adonis and Danver Windvogel demonstrating how filled chocolates are made Beer is not something that would usually be associated with chocolates, but at Huguenot Fine Chocolates it is one of 376 flavours used to satisfy customers’ cravings for delicious and unusual tastes. Thanks to its delectable Belgian chocolates, this…

Babylonstoren in photos

Babylonstoren is one of the finest country estates in South Africa, see some photos of this wonderful wine farm. Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. Chickens roam freely on the farm, much to the delight of children The wines are allowed to mature in oak barrels Guests…

A foodie tour through Franschhoek

Cheese tasting at Fromages de France Cheese tasting Hidden in the corner of the La Cotte wine shop in the centre of town, Fromages de France is a cheese shop that will transport your taste buds straight to the cheese boards of France. Owners Lodine Maske and her husband Ludwig…

Maison Estate chef cooks on instinct

Artfully plated food Arno Janse van Rensburg, chef of The Kitchen at the Maison Estate, cooks on instinct, using whatever is available and fresh. He describes his food as “global contemporary”. Janse van Rensburg developed his cooking style growing up with a family that enjoyed fishing and diving. They cooked…

Her wine, her way

Jacoline Haasbroek My Wyn, which sits high on a mountain overlooking Franschhoek, is a pretty, and pretty small, winery run by Jacoline Haasbroek. Every year just under 10 000 bottles of wine emerge from her tiny cellar on the farm Uithoek in Uitkyk Street. Jacoline has been making wine since…

La Motte’s traditional and delightful morning tea

A selection of sweet and savoury delights Tea in the Winelands has found delectable new expression at La Motte, the beautiful and historic Franschhoek wine farm. The beautifully presented morning tea includes a plateful of delicious, cocktail-sized sweet and savoury treats. Tea is served at the Pierneef à La Motte restaurant,…

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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