Franschhoek Wine Valley

Sommelier Cup Finalists Treated To Some Of Franschhoek’s Finest

Last week, on 23 and 25 September, the Franschhoek Wine Valley and Vignerons in particular, had the opportunity to host the semi-finalists competing in this year’s triennial Sommelier Cup competition, presented by Wines of South Africa (WoSA). Representing countries from across the globe the sommeliers spent the day in the valley, enjoying a full day’s itinerary.

With the primary focus on wine, the group started their Franschhoek experience at La Motte Wine Estate for a tutored tasting presented by some of the Vignerons. The tasting was an opportunity to showcase the diversity of the region’s Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The sommeliers were treated to a range of old and new vintages, which reaffirmed why Franschhoek is regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producing regions.

After the tutored tasting the group made their way to the NG Church grounds for an informal ‘meet and greet’ and wine tasting with the rest of Franschhoek’s winemakers. The weather played along perfectly creating the ultimate outdoor wine tasting experience for all. An al fresco style lunch followed under the shade of the trees, which allowed for something out of the ordinary yet very welcome.

Franschhoek was one of the handful of regions selected to host this year’s group. Their visit to the valley was part of an all-expenses paid trip to a Cape Winelands region during their stay. The finalists in this year’s competition represented the Netherlands, Sweden, Kenya, Zimbabwe, USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Greater China, Singapore and Germany. Their visit culminated the announcement of the overall winner, which was announced at a special gala event at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa on 21 September. Richelle van Gemert, from the United Kingdom, was crowned as this year’s winner.

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.


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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