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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