Franschhoek Wine Valley

Harvest season in Franschhoek

The months of February and March have great significance in the wine industry, in that it symbolises the celebration of the harvest. This integral part of the winemaking process is a carefully curated journey from vineyard to bottle, which requires the focused attention of the winemaker and their teams. Their days start before the sun rises and some days ends as the sun sets. These long hours in the hot sun are worth it, as it allows the winemaker to create the perfect wine, we as consumers get to sip, sample and savour. It is also the time to truly reflect and value the journey the grape embarks on.

During this time some of our Franschhoek Vignerons will be celebrating the start of the harvest season with a few bespoke offerings. Make your way to Franschhoek during February as farms in and around the valley will be hosting their own harvest celebrations.

Until mid-April, La Motte will be hosting their Harvest Experience. Enjoy a specially curated vineyard and cellar tour as you get to learn more about the estate’s harvest processes and biologic farming practices, experience the hand-sorting of grapes and other cellar activities, ending off your tour with a tasting of the Pierneef and La Motte collections. Additionally you can also linger a bit longer and try sharing plates from their popular Garden Menu. Read more about the Harvest Experience here

La Motte Harvest Experience

On Saturday, 23 February Grande Provence will be pulling out all the stops for their popular annual Harvest Festival. Pick and stomp your own grapes to the jovial beats of the Kaapse Klopse, followed by a sumptuous harvest feast. This is the perfect day out for the young and old. For more information visit this post.

Amar Mistry, Cassandra Wilson, Kylie Hatton, Kady van der Walt and Amy Scott

Although it is a busy time for the winemaking team the wine estates are still up and running, ready to welcome visitors with open arms and eager to share news with you on the harvest progress. We invite you to explore the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley during the harvest season which is truly magical.

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