Franschhoek Wine Valley

Soak up the last rays of Summer in Franschhoek

With a slight chill in the air in the mornings it is a gentle reminder to us that Summer is drawing to a close and Autumn is dusting off her coat to make a brief appearance before Winter sets in. With the seasons changing what better excuse to linger longer in Franschhoek and make the most of the last Summer days.

 

 

 

This time of the year the Vignerons are frantically finishing off what can only be described as a busy harvest season. Most of the grapes have been harvested and the next stage is spending time in the cellar where they will be crafting superb wines the valley has become renowned for. Whilst this requires patience and time, there is still a vast selection of superb Franschhoek white and Rosé wines to sip, sample and savour during the warmer days. Discover a plethora of superb bubblies as you create your own tailor-made experience with Franschhoek’s MCC Route – the first of its kind in South Africa.

 

 

 

The last days of Summer makes for perfect picnic weather. Boschendal is renowned for creating show stopper picnic baskets for you to enjoy on its sprawling lawn shaded by towering trees. For the ultimate farm-style picnic experience amongst the vineyards then look no further than Grande Provence for this unforgettable offering. Noble Hill’s Latin-inspired picnics adds its own twist to a favourite pastime. Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards’ rotisserie lunches offer the perfect alternative to a picnic experience and is suited to young and old.

 

 

 

Besides its world-class food and wine offerings Franschhoek is also known for its spectacular views, with dining establishments and wine farms putting this to good use in creating a flawless visitor experience. A leisurely drive along the Franschhoek Pass to the lookout point will take your breath away as you are presented with the enchanting views. Sip on a glass of Franschhoek bubbly as you watch the sun set. Most establishments provide outdoor seating offering panoramic views of the area. Magnificent views of the mountain act as the backdrop as you’re enjoying a leisurely wine tasting or High Tea on the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room’s verandah. They may be off the beaten track, but Glenwood Vineyards also offers breathtaking views in a tranquil environment. A visit to Haut Espoir or Haute Cabrière treats you to a bird’s eye view of the entire valley.

For outdoor enthusiasts the weather promises to play along perfectly as you enjoy a leisurely hike in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. The Franschhoek Conservation Area is the place to be if you’re an avid Mountain Biker. If you prefer a more relaxing walk the garden tour at Babylonstoren is where you want to be. The kids will have a ball exploring the garden whilst munching off fruit they’ve picked themselves. Make the most of this time to enjoy the last of the delicious Summer fruits.

 

 

 

A leisurely stroll along the Main Road uncovers a range of other Franschhoek experiences. These include art galleries, restaurants and stylish clothing boutiques. Franschhoek may be known as a village, but with so much to discover and explore a day visit may not be enough to uncover all it has to offer. Embrace the last few warmer days with a weekend getaway to this winelands gem for the ultimate experience.

This is just a taster of what you can expect when visiting the valley. For more information visit www.franschhoek.org.za


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 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.

Disclaimer

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
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za