With the changing of seasons the warmer weather is a welcome relief, especially after the long winter we’ve just experienced. Perfect for exploring one of South Africa’s premier lifestyle destinations, namely the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Home to award-winning wines, internationally acclaimed restaurants, exquisite art as well as an array of cultural and outdoor offerings. Perfect for the day, a weekend getaway or magical holiday destination.
As we’ve officially moved down to Level 1, allowing us more movement to explore the country why not make Franschhoek one of the places to visit this month. Stuck for ideas? No problem. The list is endless, but let’s give you a sample of what you can expect to experience when visiting our valley.
Without a doubt a highlight on anyone’s visit to Franschhoek, and the good news is that the Wine Tram is up and running again. The hop-on hop-off system will keep the little ones enthralled as you discover the true essence of the valley. Vineyards, scenery, warm hospitality, delicious cuisine and superb wines. For more information on this popular attraction visit, http://www.winetram.co.za/.
Not many people know this but Franschhoek is outdoor heaven. Home to the Berg River Dam and magnificent Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, which not only offer spectacular views but are perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Other outdoor activities with the perfect dose of Vitamin D are La Motte’s Sustainable Hike, the Babylonstoren Garden Tour or for something out of the ordinary why not find out more about Franschhoek’s history with an informative guided tour of the village. For a list of fun outdoor activities visit https://franschhoek.org.za/tours-activities/.
Your guided tour offers a sneak peek of what’s nestled in the heart of the village. A weekend market, art galleries, bespoke boutique ateliers and so much more. A leisurely stroll along the Main Road makes for the ideal opportunity to pop in and browse these gems. Not forgetting the side streets, which added extra allure as to what you’ll uncover on your shopping exploration.
By now you would have worked up a healthy appetite, and what better place to do that than in the country’s leading culinary destination. Thankfully many of Franschhoek’s well-known restaurants are back up and running, albeit reinvented in some cases, still offering visitors a truly memorable experience. We’re so excited to also welcome a few new restaurants to the area, which will be wonderful news to some of our regular visitors. October is also the perfect time to enjoy alfresco dining. Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is the perfect spot to dine in their shaded area with spectacular views of the mountains whilst enjoying a delicious rotisserie lunch. If picnics are what you crave you’ll be pleased to hear that La Residence Hotel and La Bri Wines have recently launched their picnic offerings. Relaxed atmosphere, fresh air, delicious food and great wines. Ingredients to a perfect day out in the winelands.
For a more formal dining experience acclaimed chef Darren Badenhorst’s Le Coin Français, which embodies the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine, is guaranteed to make your visiting a lasting memory. Your dining experience features time tested French elegance in cuisine combined with a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase Franschhoek’s finest selection. Art on a plate combined with a sensory delight. For more ideas on where to dine visit https://franschhoek.org.za/franschhoek-restaurants/.
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a day trip to Franschhoek is a breeze, but why not treat yourself (and that someone special) to an overnight escape, or better yet a weekend getaway. Franschhoek offers a wide range of accommodation– from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts and self-catering establishments. Choose to stay in one of the many establishments located within easy walking distance of the main road, or opt for a more secluded establishment – located on farms in and around the valley – offering you the ultimate winelands experience. Whatever your choice, you will be guaranteed of a blissful night’s rest. 7 Koppies checks all the right boxes when it comes to a luxurious and secluded getaway. Set on 50 hectares of pristine fynbos on a privately owned farm, this exclusive guesthouse offers only the finest and most luxurious fittings, décor, and detail. Accommodation to suit all needs you’re spoilt for choice and guaranteed a memorable experience. Browse our website https://franschhoek.org.za/franschhoek-accommodation/ for our range of accommodation offerings.
We’ve saved the best for last. With the further relaxation of regulations our team has been busy behind the scenes to host this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which will take place from 6 to 8 November. We’ll keep you posted as details and participating members are confirmed, but it promises to be a calendar highlight you don’t want to miss.