Franschhoek Wine Valley

Le Quartier Français’ Margot Janse to represent Franschhoek at the Basque Culinary World Prize

Ensuring Franschhoek remains top of mind, not only nationally but also internationally, executive chef Margot Janse of Le Quartier Français has been announced as one of the Top 20 finalists of the Basque Culinary World Prize. This internationally recognized award recognizes chefs whose projects have improved society through gastronomy.

The Top 20 finalists, who will join Margot on this international platform, include chefs from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, the US and Venezuela. The finalists’ projects are focused on everything ranging from innovation to education, health, research, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and the preservation of local cultures.

Representing South Africa, Margot’s Isabelo Project – an initiative that now feeds 1 300 school children seven days of the week in the Franschhoek Wine Valley – has impressed the judges tremendously.

The panel includes some of world’s most respected chefs, such as Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal and René Redzepi. The winner, who will be announced on 11 July, will receive €100,000 for his or her project!

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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.


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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