Compliments of the New Year and may 2021 bring with it hope after the challenging 2020 we have all just experienced. While we are still not out of the woods and have a long road to walk let’s remain positive and continue to embrace the new normal.
This ‘new normal’ encourages us to spend time outdoors and breathe in the fresh air, and what better place to take advantage of nature and its beauty than the Franschhoek Wine Valley. You’ll be amazed with what we have to offer when it comes to outdoor activities. For hiking enthusiasts the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers spectacular views of the valley whilst taking time to admire the splendour of the fauna and flora along the trails. Not forgetting La Motte Wine Estate for its popular Sustainable Hiking Trail, or the Aloe Hiking Trail offered by Topiary Wines. If you enjoy exploring the outdoors on your mountain bike the Berg River Dam and Boschendal are perfect for this sport. For those wanting something different Scootours offers an adventurous way to explore the valley in an exciting and family-friendly way. During the tour you will free wheel down the gentle slopes of Chamonix Wine Farm and enjoy breath taking views over the Franschhoek Valley. The route is easy to navigate and the only requirement is that you are able to ride a bicycle. These are just some of the outdoor activities on offer in and around Franschhoek. For more details on what our members have to offer simply click on this link https://franschhoek.org.za/tours-activities/. With the academic year only set to resume towards the end of January it would be the perfect outing for the whole family, which is guaranteed to keep kids enthralled and in touch with nature.
Less than a 60 minute drive from Cape Town, did you know that Franschhoek is home to more than 20 privately owned art galleries. These range from large galleries to niche boutique style establishments, and with most situated along the Main Road it makes for a leisurely stroll as you admire the magnificent art works on display.
Adding to your cultural adventure are the plethora of quaint shops dotted along the Main Road, and also within walking distance from each other. While out and about you’ll find an assortment of boutique fashion and jewellery studios. Specialty delis add extra appeal, while the interior design shops and interesting bric-a-brac shops will undoubtedly get the creative juices flowing for that next room revamp.
What would a visit to Franschhoek be without making time to dine at one of the many fabulous restaurants in and around the region, and now more than ever they need your support. Not only does the current alcohol ban affect the wine producers, but it also extends to restaurants who rely on patrons to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) with their meal. Well known Capetalk radio presenter, John Maytham recently reviewed some of the recently opened restaurants, which you can read about here. This is a mere snippet of what you are bound to uncover on your culinary excursion, which include a selection of fine dining and café-style restaurants.
At the time of this being published our country is in the midst of adjusted Level 3 restrictions, which unfortunately prohibits the sale or transport of any alcohol. This is devastating news for our wine producers as they prepare for the 2021 harvest, as not only does it present yet another challenge, but Franschhoek is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading wine producing regions. However, all is not lost as our valley has so many other fabulous offerings, which don’t have to include wine. Once the alcohol ban has been lifted make time to visit the valley to discover our wine offerings, in particular our Cap Classique Route, which is the only one of its kind in the country. These range from large traditional estates to the smaller lesser-known niche producers. Some of the producers include Black Elephant Vinters, Haute Cabrière, Morena, Allée Bleue, Boschendal and La Bri, to name but a few. One of the unique characteristics of this route is that visitors have the opportunity to tailor make their experience by means of a user-friendly Cap Classique Route map, which can be downloaded via this link here. Alternatively, a map is also available from the tourism office.
Combine your winelands getaway with an overnight escape, or better yet a weekend retreat. What better way to rejuvenate before 2021 starts in full swing. 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. Browse our website here for our range of accommodation offerings.
Whatever the reason, Franschhoek is a must on any destination wish list. With an abundance of world-class offerings there is no excuse for Franschhoek not to be on your bucket-list this year. For more information on experiences visit our website at www.franschhoek.org.za.