Celebrating the Leading Ladies Behind Franschhoek’s Rise to Fame 

As Women’s Month graces us with its presence, it’s the perfect occasion to cast a spotlight on the exceptional women who have left an indelible mark on our village. These remarkable individuals have contributed their talents, vision, and relentless dedication, shaping Franschhoek into the vibrant and enchanting destination it is today. Without further ado, we’d like to share a few of these gems with you!

Susan Huxter

One name that resonates with the very essence of Franschhoek is Susan Huxter. Her journey is a testament to the transformative power of passion and dedication. As a co-founder of Le Quartier Français, an award-winning boutique hotel and internationally renowned restaurant, Susan’s vision has elevated Franschhoek’s status to a global tourist hotspot. Her contributions transcend hospitality, as she has also played a pivotal role in the establishment of Bridge House School.

But Susan’s story doesn’t end there. Her most recent venture, Cartology Travel, showcases her unwavering commitment to excellence. As the Chief Motherly Officer of this bespoke luxury travel agency, she crafts unparalleled experiences for discerning travellers worldwide. Susan’s tireless pursuit of excellence has not only placed Franschhoek on the map, but has also paved the way for countless opportunities within the valley. Her legacy continues to inspire and uplift the community.

Lodine Maske

In the spirit of celebrating remarkable women, we turn our attention to Lodine Maske, a true gem in Franschhoek’s culinary landscape, as well as in the community upliftment space. As co-owner of Fromage de France and La Cotte Inn, Lodine’s contributions are nothing short of impressive. At the heart of the village, her establishment has become a beloved haven for enthusiasts of fine wine and gourmet cheese. A true testament of Lodine’s dedication to curating an exceptional assortment of French cheeses and both rare and sophisticated wines. With a genuine passion for her craft, Lodine has woven a tapestry of flavours that elevates the Franschhoek experience. 

Lodine’s tireless dedication to the community, through heading up the Franschhoek Lions Ladies, is inspirational to say the least. We’re immensely fortunate and proud to have women like Lodine in our valley!

Andrea Mullineux

Andrea Mullineux’s influence extends beyond her exceptional wine making prowess, reaching into the heart of Franschhoek’s vinicultural landscape. As the co-owner and winemaker of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Andrea has played a vital role in shaping the viticultural identity of the region. Her dedication to preserving and honouring the heritage of old vines has breathed new life into forgotten vineyards, producing wines that reflect both tradition and innovation.

Andrea’s commitment to sustainable and organic practices has not only contributed to the quality of her wines, but also to the ecological well-being of the area. Beyond her winemaking endeavours, Andrea’s involvement in the local community, mentoring aspiring winemakers and fostering a culture of collaboration, cements her as an integral part of Franschhoek’s ongoing narrative. Her legacy as a winemaker and a community advocate continues to enrich both the terroir and the people of our village.

Amy Kleinhans

Amy Kleinhans shines in the world of achievement. She’s a business leader, a popular speaker, a caring philanthropist, and a respected brand ambassador. Her influence reaches far and wide, making a difference around the world. She started her journey by winning Miss South Africa in 1992, and since then, she has been deeply engaged in a multitude of impactful endeavours. With her education background, she created Dial-A-Teacher, a service that helps students and teachers connect. She didn’t just stop there; she also helps groups like ChildLine and the Sunshine Association that support children. Her impact earned her recognition, like a nomination for the Rapport / City Press Prestige Woman of the Year in 2004.

Amy’s story is about empowerment, strength, and never giving up. She’s a symbol that success can bring positive change and light up many paths. Her achievements have made her a name linked with transformation and endless possibilities in South Africa.

Margot Janse

Margot Janse’s presence in Franschhoek is a testament to the profound impact an individual can have on a community. Through her culinary expertise and heartfelt compassion, she has woven an intricate tapestry of support and empowerment within the Franschhoek community. As the former Executive Chef of Le Quartier Français’s renowned restaurant, her culinary creations not only delighted palates worldwide, but also contributed to the local economy by drawing visitors to the village. 

Beyond her culinary mastery, Margot’s commitment to the community is evident in her initiatives, such as her pioneering work with the Isabelo Charity that addresses childhood hunger and malnutrition. Her efforts have extended beyond the kitchen, nourishing the hearts and minds of Franschhoek’s residents. Margot Janse’s legacy is a harmonious blend of culinary excellence and compassionate leadership, enriching Franschhoek’s social fabric and inspiring others to give back to the community.

In the radiant light of Women’s Month, these extraordinary women shine as beacons of inspiration, guiding us through the narrative of Franschhoek’s rise to fame. With their dedication, creativity, and unwavering commitment, they’ve not only shaped the landscape of this enchanting village, but have woven a tapestry of resilience and empowerment for all to witness. As we celebrate these remarkable individuals, let their stories remind us that the power to transform lives and communities resides within each of us. Through their endeavours, Franschhoek’s identity has been forged, and its future illuminated with the brilliance of their achievements.

Happy Women’s Day, South Africa!