Franschhoek Wine Valley

Leeu Estates is the only hotel in the Cape Winelands to secure new 5-Star Premium status

Leeu Estates, the flagship property of Leeu Collection, is the only hotel in the Cape Winelands to have achieved the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)’s new 5-Star Premium status, which was introduced in April 2019 to recognise exceptional 5-star properties that have reached the pinnacle of quality where facilities, amenities and service co-exist to reach perfection.

This aspirational level, reserved for the most luxurious products offerings in South Africa, allows the TGCSA, a business unit of South African Tourism, to recognise establishments that achieve an outstanding level of product quality above and beyond other 5-star properties.

The 5-Star Premium status was introduced following the completion of a wide-ranging comparative study as part of the TGCSA’s grading system review (and in line with several other global quality assurance bodies).

The new grade highlights properties that epitomise the essence of luxury regarding guest amenities and world-class standards of service. To ensure that this extremely high standard is maintained, the TGCSA 5-Star Premium grading status is valid for a year, after which the hotels are subject to another review to decide whether they retain the highest grade.

To date, just five establishments in South Africa have been awarded this 5-Star Premium status, with Leeu Estates being the only property in the Cape Winelands to be honoured. The other four properties are The Royal Malewane Lodge and Lion Sands Ivory lodge (both in Mpumalanga), The Silo in Cape Town and Birkenhead House in Hermanus.

TGCSA Chief Quality Assurance Office Darryl Erasmus said: “I would like to congratulate the owners, management and staff at Leeu Estates on this fantastic achievement.  The 5-Star Premium awards are reserved for those properties in South Africa that far exceed the minimum core requirement and quality standards of 5-Star grading and exhibit best in class service excellence. They are comparable with leading global offerings in the ultra-luxury market with respect to product quality and facilities provided.”

Analjit Singh, founder of the Leeu Collection, responded by saying: “I am delighted at the news that Leeu Estates is one of just five properties in South Africa to be awarded 5-Star Premium status and applaud the Tourism Grading Council’s introduction of this additional grade that helps discerning global travellers locate their ideal destinations. I extend my heartiest congratulations to my dedicated team at Leeu Estates who have made this possible through their hard work, enthusiasm and true hospitality.”

Analjit Singh – Leeu Collection Founder

Leeu Collection offers guests a wide and diverse choice of unforgettable experiences in the sublimely beautiful Franschhoek valley, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The portfolio comprises three unique properties: Leeu Estates, the mountainside country house hotel, spa and boutique winery that has been awarded the 5-Star Premium grading, as well as Leeu House, an exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of Franschhoek, and Le Quartier Français, a romantic hotel with two independent villas.

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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.


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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