Franschhoek Wine Valley

Must love meat – Babylonstoren Carnivore Evenings

Every Wednesday we draw on our local culture and a hint of Italian flair to gather a host of like-minded, meat-loving guests at long tables at the Babylonstoren Bakery.

This five-course, communal feast is hosted by braai masters Jaco and Eddie, who will grill each prime cut of meat from the Chianina cattle to perfection. Expect traditional boerewors with a twist, chargrilled biltong and a selection of our three favourite cuts of the night, served with crisp garden salad greens, our signature vinaigrette, fresh pesto and other herbs.

We end each evening off with a lekker, local treat – either iconic melktert, rich Malva pudding, sweet koeksisters, creamy melkkos, sago pudding or homemade pancakes – and a nightcap of our authentic dark, rich balsamic vinegar hailing from Modena, Italy.

Guests are invited to gather at the wooden table to meet one another, share good conversation, and enjoy a delicious spread of Babylonstoren’s finest ingredients.

Chianina, The Best Meat in The World

The best meat in the world derives from the Chianina cattle – its steaks are used for the famous Bistecca Fiorentina. Chianina is an ancient, white-coated Italian breed that towers in comparison to other breeds. Our small herd of this cattle is our pride and joy – farm-reared on an entirely grass diet.

Our butcher ages each prime cut of beef in a 2-3°C maturation room lined with Himalayan salt tiles. During maturation, the salt slabs draw moisture from the air, concentrating the rich, savoury flavour of the meat. The collagen breaks down and tenderises and the colour turns a dark red. At our meat evenings, these cuts of beef are grilled briefly over hot coals to seal in the flavour, then over indirect heat to ensure perfect caramelisation of fat. We recommend you have yours juicy pink.

Carnivore evenings take place 18h30 for 19h00, and the cost is R490 per adult (including two glasses of Babel Red Blend) and R175 per child. Download the full menu here. Be sure to book your spot at the table (reservations open two months in advance) by contacting us on +27 (0)21 863 3852 or Kindly note that priority will be given to hotel guests.

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