Not only does September bring with it a new season, but we also celebrate in the news that most of our wineries have reopened to the public after an extremely long hibernation. September is also Tourism Month, and this couldn’t have been timed better as it coincides perfectly with the joint collaboration between the Western Cape government and Wesgro, who have launched the “We Are Open” domestic tourism campaign. This innovative campaign encourages South Africans to take advantage and explore the beauty and diversity of the many affordable and world-class attractions that Cape Town and the Western Cape has to offer. The Franschhoek Wine Valley being one of them.
Now that we are permitted to travel again, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a trip to the valley over a weekend makes for the ideal outing. With Heritage Day celebrated on Thursday, 24 September why not turn your day visit into a long weekend instead. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of accommodation – from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, deluxe five-star guesthouses as well as country style accommodation. These include Ashbourne House, 7 Koppies, Cape Vue Country House and La Residence, to name but a few.
Our region may be small, but we have a plethora of diverse offerings. Fun and informative garden walks in the spectacular Babylonstoren. Leisurely art browsing at EBONY CURATED, La Motte’s Pierneef Gallery or the Farm Sanctuary SA (home to the world’s only painting pig, Pigcasso).
For leisurely wine experiences your options include Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, Noble Hill, Le Lude, Anthonij Rupert Wyne or Lynx Wines, to mention a few. The valley’s combination of large and small estates makes for the perfect wine outing. Choose to enjoy a delicious meal at some of these establishments or if you happen to find yourself in the village over lunch why not pop into the recently opened Tapasco (the name says it all) or well-known Franschhoek chef Archie Maclean’s new restaurant, Entrée.
A leisurely stroll along the Main Road uncovers a range of other fabulous Franschhoek finds, which include some of the valley’s popular independently owned boutiques. Shop for the perfect weekend outfit from Indian Summer, Desray or Peacock Blue. Need something to liven up your home? Look no further than Masquerade for the perfect décor item. The village may be small, but our offerings are on par with world-class experiences.
Franschhoek is also perfectly suited to outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from various levels of experience. Outdoor hikes include scenic walks at La Motte, Topiary Wines and the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. For mountain biking trails, the Berg River Dam and Boschendal are the places you want to be.
For a list of things to do in and around the valley visit our website www.franschhoek.org.za.
Cheers to a fabulous September, celebrating Spring, all things new, and most importantly being allowed to travel again.