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Linger longer in Franschhoek during October

With the changing of seasons the warmer weather is a welcome relief, especially after the long winter we’ve just experienced. Perfect for exploring one of South Africa’s premier lifestyle destinations, namely the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Home to award-winning wines, internationally acclaimed restaurants, exquisite art as well as an array of…

There’s Always Sunshine After The Rain

Although there is still a chill in the air this past weekend we were spoilt with magnificent weather which looks set to last throughout this week. This spectacular Winter weather comes hot off the heels of two icy cold fronts we experienced, which saw our mountain ranges covered with snow.…

Vive Le Franschhoek

Continuing to embrace our new normal has also included hosting our annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, but in an entirely different format. Instead of the traditional festival we started on 1 July by taking viewers on a virtual journey through the valley. Each day we revealed a new Franschhoek experienced linked…

All Clouds Have Silver Linings

We, as well as many of our members in and around the valley, are thrilled by the recent announcement of the further relaxations to the Level 3 regulations. These amendments have allowed the beauty sector to resume work as well as sit-down restaurants and accommodation establishments, amongst others. While we…

Adjusting to change

A new month brought with it a plethora of change. Not only are the days growing shorter and the chill in the air a few degrees cooler, but music to many ears was the reopening of wine sales. Monday, 1 June – the start of alert Level 3 – was…

Purchase your wines from these Franschhoek wineries

With level 3 lockdown regulations in place from 1 June 2020, we are happy that you can once again enjoy our Franschhoek wines. This time,  in front of your cosy fireplace or with a hearty winter inspired meal, as the cold weather sets in. Some of our producers are offering…

Moving Ahead in Franschhoek

On 1 June we’ll be moving from Level 4 to Level 3, which is music to our Franschhoekers’ ears, but in particular our winemakers as they resume wine sales. Soon you’ll get to enjoy our Franschhoek wines again – in front of your cosy fireplace or with a hearty winter…

Cheers To International Chardonnay Day

Thursday, 21 May bears great significance on the wine calendar as on this day we raise a glass to toast one of the industry’s noble cultivars – Chardonnay. International Chardonnay Day also serves as a reminder that, in South Africa, the Franschhoek Valley is regarded as one of the leading…

Franschhoek Bastille Festival: Embracing The Nouveau Normal

July is Bastille month and celebrating its 27th year since it was launched, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, will still be taking place, but with a twist. This year the festival comes to you.  Franschhoek Wine Valley will bring you a virtual Bastille festival, which allows you to enjoy Franschhoek’s offerings…

Gift someone special or yourself with a Franschhoek experience voucher

Franschhoek Wine Valley has teamed up with partners, The Brand Mix to offer visitors the opportunity to purchase online gift vouchers made up of a selection of Franschhoek’s finest offerings and experiences. This user-friendly online system enables visitors to pick and choose from a selection of monetary or experience vouchers,…

Taking Things Slowly

Here’s a thought. What will you do first when lockdown ends? Treat yourself to a meal at one of your favourite restaurants? Meet up with friends for coffee? Or embark on an overdue outing to a wine farm?   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by La…

Franschhoek Reflections

The days seem to blend into each other and with our normal being abnormal we are forgiven for sometimes forgetting which day of the week it is. The leaves on the trees and on the vines have changed, and the valley is showing off beautiful bursts of autumnal colours. As…

A Slow Travel Experience To Franschhoek Awaits

Hibernation is not always a bad thing, but when it is a forced hibernation cabin fever can quickly set in and get the better of you. While many of us have accepted that cabin fever may be the new normal, there are some who can’t wait to venture outdoors again.…

Get your meals delivered to your door

From 1 June, South Africa has entered level 3 lockdown regulations. The following restaurants in Franschhoek has delicious food delivery options at the moment. If you are looking for more information about the food deli’s and shops that are currently open, please click here.   Franschhoek Cellar Visit their website…

Franschhoek Stronger Together

On Friday 1 May we enter a new stage of lockdown as we move down to Level 4 with the easing of some regulations. Although movement is still somewhat restricted we welcome these new regulations, which gives us a sense of renewed hope that there is indeed light at the…

Now is the time

“In July 2003 I photographed former President Nelson Mandela for the first time. This was a special commission for the inauguration of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation and the sitting took place at The Rhodes Trust in Oxford, England. This was to be the start of my long association with the Foundation and President…

Franschhoek: The Week That Was

As we near the end of our extended lockdown we await news of what our new normal may be. While we wait, Franschhoek Wine Valley locals continue to do their bit for those less fortunate as well as keep the region top of mind for those who will one day…

Franschhoek: A Valley Of Generosity

It was an Easter weekend with a difference. Traditionally many South Africans take advantage of this (really) long weekend to travel to nearby destinations to escape and unwind from the hustle and bustle. However, the new norm is to stay indoors and stay safe and resulted in Franschhoek locals remaining…

Wine Triumphs Amidst Uncertain Times

As we face challenging times and what feels like an endless dark tunnel, every now and then a good news story peaks out from behind the dark clouds and leaves us with hope. With news emerging recently that wine producers are allowed to export there is further cause for celebration…

Kindness In A Time Of Need: Honouring Franschhoek’s Heroes

There is no time like the present to reach out to your community to show how much you care.  Since the start of lockdown we’ve seen an outpouring of community initiatives and acts of goodwill to help those in need during this time of uncertainty. From volunteers, essential service providers…

Fundraising initiatives in Franschhoek that you can support

To assist vulnerable communities with relief funding needed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the following amazing fundraising opportunities are currently available and have been set up in Franschhoek.   The Franschhoek Food Unit – Together Franschhoek     In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and help those in…

Pigcasso reaches out to Italy

With a loyal Italian fan base,  local resident ‘artist extraordinaire’ Pigcasso was recently approached by an Italian art agency to donate a piece of his spectacular artwork. This work of art forms part of a collection to be auctioned on eBay, with the proceeds of all the artworks going towards…

What does Franschhoek look like from your window?

Franschhoek with its magnificent mountains, spectacular vineyards and lush gardens is one of the most gorgeous wine valleys in South Africa. Our village is nestled in between these mountains which guarantees spectacular views year round. But what does Franschhoek actually look like from your windows? We’d like you to show…

The new age wine-makers breaking into the sparkling market

Black Elephant Vintners recently featured on BBC News. Watch the video below as Lerato Mbele talks to three South African entrepreneurs who are hoping to shake things up in the wine industry. The former bankers have turned to wine-making, and are hoping to make an impact in the sparkling wine market.

Helping Hand in An Hour of Need – Together Franschhoek

In this ever-changing environment, Together Franschhoek, symbolises the  strength in community collaboration that the Franschhoek Valley is known for! Assisting the community in establishing food distribution points throughout the valley, through the supply of fresh produce and ingredients, the installation of handwashing stations, and ensuring that social distancing measures and…

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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.

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: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

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