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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…

Franschhoek Uncorked launches new festival app

Not only will visitors to Franschhoek get to sample new releases at this weekend’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (14 and 15 September), but in what is believed to be a first for the industry, they will get the chance to make use of the festival’s recently launched app, which supports Franschhoek’s…

The Franschhoek Pass is back in business

After more than two months of being closed due to rockfalls caused by heavy rains, the Franschhoek Pass has been reopened. As of Friday, 6 September visitors wanting to explore the Franschhoek Wine Valley will once again be able to access the valley via the pass. Known for its spectacular…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

Facilitating a fine future for Franschhoek youth

Congenial venue. Up to date equipment. Professional support. Three elements that are essential for young people to study, discover, absorb while reaching required academic standards and attain their development potential. These factors are now available to both the youth and younger children of the Franschhoek valley thanks to the establishment of the Leeu…

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…

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…

Tripadvisor Lists Franschhoek As One Of The Top Three Destinations

Franschhoek has yet again been named South Africa’s favourite Winelands destination. This was recently announced at the annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Destinations, where the valley was listed as one of the top three destinations in South Africa. Cape Town scooped first place, followed by Knysna. The sixth annual awards…

Franschhoek Awarded Best Local Tourism Authority Information Service of the Year

In an awards ceremony held last night at Kronenburg Estate in Paarl, the Franschhoek Wine Valley walked away with the title of Best Local Tourism Authority Information Service (LTA) of the Year, at the annual Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards. This award is bestowed upon a Local Tourism…

FWV Membership Benefits 2012

Benefits of Membership Benefits may vary based on membership type and category and are subject to change as a result of on going management decisions. Marketing: Management and Custodianship of the FWV Brand Free directory listings in official FWV marketing publications Free descriptive listing on the FWV website, including photo…

FWV Statement of Purpose

Franschhoek Wine Valley Statement of Purpose Management and custodianship of the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand. FWV 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…

National Rural Tourism Strategy unveiled

South African Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has launched the National Rural Tourism Strategy. The strategy illustrates the National Department of Tourism’s commitment to the development of rural economies in general and rural tourism in particular. “The strategy can greatly contribute to the alleviation of pressure in areas that…

The Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards: Call for nominations / entries

THE CAPE WINELANDS DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY MAYORAL TOURISM AWARDS Celebrate the best tourism entities, products and the people behind them CALL FOR NOMINATIONS/ENTRIES The Mayoral Tourism Awards celebrate the achievements of the Cape Winelands tourism industry role players and showcase the best tourism entities, products, service excellence and the people behind…

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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