Franschhoek Wine Valley

Leeu Estates only South African property on Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2017

Leeu Estates, the exclusive South African five-star boutique property situated in Franschhoek, is one of a selected few hotels in the world, and the only South African property, to appear on Condé Nast Traveler's HOT LIST for 2017 in the category for Africa and the Middle East. This comes shortly after Leeu Estates was named as one of the best new hotels on Travel + Leisure’s It List 2017, one of only 44 properties around the globe.

Photo Credit: Micky Hoyle Photography

The Condé Nast Traveler HOT LIST celebrates the best properties that have opened their doors during the past year. For this 21st edition of the HOT LIST, editors and reporters crisscrossed various continents and countries to review hundreds of new properties first hand. From this the outstanding winners are chosen, hotels that represent the vanguard of the hotel world.

Leeu Estates opened its doors in June, 2016. Located between the mountainside and river with spectacular views of the Franschhoek valley, this exceptional property on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) is the ideal setting for unrivalled escapes where guests can see and enjoy the true experiences of a working wine farm.

Leeu Estates is testimony to the pillars of the brand: superlative service with attention to the smallest detail; an award-winning wine portfolio, distinctive architecture and sophisticated design; inspiring art collections and manicured and detailed landscaping which reflects respect for the environment.

It all started as a personal journey for Leeu Collection’s founder Analjit Singh (aka BAS), an international investor of Indian origin. Captivated by the Western Cape’s exceptional beauty and vibrant energy during a trip to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he decided to buy a family home in the Franschhoek valley. The idea of a family home, however, soon transformed into what it is today – three historic farms joined to create a world-class hospitality and winemaking destination.

“I am extremely grateful for all the people who never stop discovering new places, says Carrie Wicks, Leeu Collection CEO. “Being mentioned among some of the world’s best new hotels with the highest standards, is a confirmation of Leeu Collection’s philosophy, the effervescent talent of our team and the memorable journey we want every guest to experience and revisit.”

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