Franschhoek Wine Valley

Entries invited for the 5th Annual South African Wine Writers Award The Franschhoek Literary Festival 17 – 19 May 2013

South African wine writers are invited to enter the 5th Annual South African Wine Writers Award. Articles written during 2012 and published in South Africa, or on a recognized South African website, will be considered. Initiated in 2009, the Wine Writers Award is presented annually by the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourist Association (FWVTA) in association with the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and carries a R25 000 cash prize. Norman McFarlane won last year and Edo Heyns was the runner up.

The purpose of the award is to celebrate the art of wine writing, and the articles will be evaluated on both technical accuracy and literary quality. Each writer may submit one wine-related entry, in the original language of publication. If necessary, they will be translated into English for judging purposes. The articles will be forwarded anonymously to an independent panel of local and international judges chosen by the organizers.

This year the judges are local radio personality, John Maytham; author and BBC radio producer Duncan Minshull; and editor of the Canadian wine magazine, VINES Magazine, Christopher Waters.

After all three judges have agreed on a winner, he or she and the runner-up will be announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on 17 May this year.

The judges’ decision is final. The closing date for submission is Thursday 18 April 2013. Articles should be submitted in MSWord format to Please supply the following information on a separate page: author, publication, date of publication, article title and author contact details.

For any enquiries or further information on the festival or the Wine Writers Award please contact Claire Richards at or on 082 044 6446

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