Franschhoek Wine Valley

Celebrating French culture at the 24th annual DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival

The 24th annual DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival celebrated France’s Independence Day as a centuries-old French Huguenot fête on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 July 2017 in South Africa’s “French Quarter” of Franschhoek.

The festival offered a weekend of pure entertainment, great food and amazing experiences highlighted by traditional French delicacies and pastimes.

The Bastille Day Festival is rooted in French culture and its traditions, wine, food, music, boules, and perhaps the activity closest to French hearts barrel rolling.

Barrel rolling celebrates the fine art of wine making, a tradition passed down through the centuries by French villagers.

The Franschhoek Bastille Festival continues this tradition with the popular Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition where the employees from various Franschhoek wine estates and industries challenge each other through a course set amongst bales of hay.

Spurred by an enthusiastic crowd, eager participants challenged for the “Franschhoek Bastille Festival Barrel Rolling Champion” title and claim the R3 000 prize winners’ cheque.

Marchelle Johnson and Keanu Rhode from the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism office shared the R3 000.00 first prize, with the runners up from the La Bri Estate in Franschhoek sharing R2 000.00.

Winners: Marchelle Johnson and Keanu Rhode – Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism

Runners-up: La Bri

There was also a donation to the charity beneficiary of the barrel rolling competition The Franschhoek Lions Club in the amount of R5 000.00. The prizes were generously donated by the Porcupine Ridge brand from the Boekenhoutskloof winery and Michelin, the premium French tyre company.

Reinher Behrens, CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Authority said, “The DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival is all about involving our local businesses and community, to showcase the best of what Franschhoek has to offer. The prize-money for the barrel rolling and donations to the Franschhoek Lions Club are welcome investments into our community.”

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.


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.


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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

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

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861