Franschhoek Wine Valley

Gerard Holden inducted into SA chapter of Commanderie de Bordeaux

Gerard Holden, co-owner of Holden Manz, the magnificent boutique wine estate nestled between two rivers with majestic Franschhoek mountain views, has been inducted into the Commanderie de Bordeaux en Afrique de Sud, the South African chapter of the worldwide Commanderie that unites wine lovers with a passion for Bordeaux.

Gerard, former chemical engineer and formidable mining financier, is one of 14 new members inducted into this prestigious organisation.

Recognition by the Commanderie cements the dedication of Holden Manz to uphold great wine standards and exceptional quality for Bordeaux-style red wines on South African turf.

The Commanderie de Bordeaux was established in 1952 and includes chapters reaching from New York to Hong Kong. The South African chapter was established in 2011. For more information, visit

The Holden Manz tasting room is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00. Call 021-8762729, e-mail, visit Holden Manz on Facebook or To reach Holden Manz, turn right at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek and follow the signs for two kilometres.

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 33° 56’ 7” S; Longitude: 19° 6’ 54” E.

Photo caption: Gerard Holden, Jenny Prinsloo, Arthur McWilliam-Smith and Linda Coltart was inducted into the Commanderie de Bordeaux en Afrique de Sud, the South African chapter of the worldwide Commanderie de Bordeaux, at a dinner held at De Grendel wine estate. From left to right are Jenny Prinsloo (Franschhoek Wine Valley), Neil Pendock (Director of Public Relations for the Commanderie in South Africa), Gerard Holden (Holden Manz) and Migo Manz (Holden Manz). Photo credit: Tinus van Niekerk

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