Franschhoek Wine Valley

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 it achieved at the World Cheese Awards. These prestigious awards were held in conjunction with the World Jersey Cheese Championships, of which both took place in London. Out of over 3 000 products, their Huguenot came joint third internationally, and won the trophy for World Champion Jersey Cheese. Although the team wasn’t on hand to accept the accolade a formal celebration was held on the farm for the team to celebrate this outstanding achievement. In March this year owners, Rob and Petrina Visser, had the great pleasure of welcoming John Farrand, MD of the Guild of Fine Food (United Kingdom) as well as owner and organiser of the World Cheese Awards, to Dalewood Farm. The reason for Mr Farrand’s visit was to personally present them with their well-deserved trophies. According to him it was a great privilege to be able to recognise excellence and give credit, in person, to the people that “make such amazing cheese, after all these years”.

At back, from left, are, Dries Rossouw, Rob Visser and Lukas Mehlomakhulu. In front are, Tracey Falconer, Brenda Makriel, Geraldine Muller, Petrina Visser, Jolette Wilmot, Nellie Fischer and Georgie Visser. Picture: ANDREW GORMAN

The trophies were presented to the following Dalewood cheeses:

Huguenot: Super Gold Medal

Huguenot: World Champion Jersey Cheese

Huguenot: Trophy Best South African Cheese on Show

Boland: Gold Medal

For more information about Dalewood’s range of award-winning cheeses visit

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.


Contact Us

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