Franschhoek offers visitors 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.
Franschhoek may be South Africa’s Culinary Capital, but you are bound to want to explore further than our award-winning restaurants and wineries. If the options are simply too many for you to decide, contact one of our local tour operators who have distilled what’s available into itineraries for all tastes. For a wine tasting with a difference take a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. For the more energetic there are numerous walking trails in the surrounding mountains – particularly in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. You can also hire a bicycle and explore on your own, or go wine tasting on horseback. Venture out to Val de Vie for some polo or opt for an exciting game of golf at the breathtaking and award-winning Pearl Valley golf course.
As with fine food and outstanding wines, so too fine art needs to be savoured in order to be appreciated. Regarded as SA’s premier food and wine destination, Franschhoek has added art destination to its résumé.
Sample the Valley’s finest artisanal and fresh produce on the Franschhoek Artisan Route. The Franschhoek Artisan Route affords visitors the opportunity to treat their taste buds to some of the finest olives, cheeses, charcuterie, artisanal breads, chocolates or craft beer Franschhoek has to offer.
Franschhoek also boasts many business services that you’d not expect to find in a village such as ours. Graphic designers, photographers, printers, business consultants, estate agents, architects, attorneys and many more are all to be found in our dynamic village.
Franschhoek boasts some of South Africa’s ‘Top 100’ restaurants and has become known as the country’s Culinary Capital, providing visitors with a memorable dining experience. Leading chefs create everything from cutting-edge cuisine to stylish light meals, using only the freshest local produce paired with superb local wines. Franschhoek is also a member of The Délice Network of Good Food Cities of the World. Délice is an international network of likeminded cities engaged in promoting the benefits of culinary excellence and good food. Franschhoek was granted membership to this prestigious network in October 2014, and is the only member in the Southern Hemisphere.
A short wander down the main road in Franschhoek uncovers world-class shops and boutiques for an intimate and relaxed shopping experience. There is truly something for everyone. Whether you are looking for wine, jewellery, designer clothing, artworks, a special gift, collectable books or chocolate you’ll find the best of these and much more along our main street. Many of our wine estates also have superb deli’s serving the best in terms of freshly baked breads, olive and olive oils, charcuterie and much more.
Franschhoek has been the ideal wedding setting for as long as we care to remember. Anyone who has ever been married here will tell you that the beautiful and serene Franschhoek Valley is the perfect place to start off your life long journey together. The romantic scenery adds to a wedding’s ambiance and ensures that your never to be forgotten day is just that more special. With numerous venues to choose from you’re bound to find something that is everything you ever dreamt of and more.
Franschhoek is the epitome of relaxation and is home to a host of premium quality and serene wellness centres, spa’s, health shops and beauty parlours. Restore a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit whilst being rejuvenated in our breathtaking valley.
As you make your way into Franschhoek you will notice that most of the farms still bear their original French names, some complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and rolling vineyards. You will find an array of cellars, ranging from quaint boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to the large cellars that offer visitors organised tours and tastings. The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The area also produces some of the country’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques, which can all be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.
July is Bastille month and celebrating its 27th year since it was launched, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, will still be taking place, but with a twist. This year the festival comes to you.
Franschhoek Wine Valley will bring you a virtual Bastille festival, which allows you to enjoy Franschhoek’s offerings in the comfort of your home. An exciting line up is on the cards and all will be revealed in time.
This promises to be a Franschhoek Bastille Festival like no other, embracing our new normal and celebrating all things French. Get your red, white and blue outfit ready and follow all our social media channels for an unforgettable experience.
Traditionally July is associated with hibernation as we feel the full force of Winter. The Franschhoek Wine Valley is anything but sleepy as it embraces this month with French vigour.
During July Franschhoek locals celebrate their French heritage with a little extra pomp and ceremony as they welcome visitors to the village for the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival. The festival coincides with Bastille Day in France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year.
A two-day social calendar highlight which takes place at the historic Huguenot Monument and guaranteed to bring out the Parisian in you. The village comes alive as shops and restaurants dotted along the Main Road are kitted out in the traditional French colours of red, white and blue. Even the wine farms in and around the valley showcase their finest French flair during this weekend. Visitors can choose to wander in and around the village exploring Bastille offerings or make their way to the Food & Wine Marquee at the Huguenot Monument for the ultimate in festival experiences. This is the place to be and be seen as you sample a selection of Franschhoek wines and French inspired food on offer. For ticket prices and more information visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za
The best part of the Bastille Festival weekend is that it falls within the school holidays. For those wanting to take their children with, Sunday’s festivities are ideally suited for the whole family. Ample fun kiddies’ entertainment for the young ones will ensure that mom and dad can also look forward to a carefree festival experience. Kids can also look forward to delicious treats to keep hungry tummies at bay.
If you prefer spending a quieter weekend in Franschhoek then we have the answer. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends offer surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence – and if you haven’t booked you’re definitely missing out on this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Ideally suited to couples, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are packaged to absolute perfection, and holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. And the best part is you don’t have to book anything. The next weekend is scheduled for the 27th and 28th of July, but don’t delay as these weekends sell out fast. For all the need-to-know details visit http://franschhoek.org.za/franschhoek-accommodation/mystery/.
Make the most of this wintry month by exploring the Franschhoek Wine Valley and its world-class offerings. Cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines and soul comforting food are some of the highlights you are bound to find on your Franschhoek exploration. Not forgetting the vast selection of art galleries in and around the valley as well as quaint boutique shops. Franschhoek is suited to everyone – solo travelers, couples and even families.
A day simply isn’t enough to discover all that Franschhoek has to offer and you don’t need an excuse. Be it a festival, special offering or simply just a visit Franschhoek awaits your arrival this July.
Did you know that you can win a fabulous trip for two to the Seychelles at this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival? What is the deal? Simply show us your moves on the dance floor on Saturday and Sunday at the Bastille Food & Wine Marquee! What is the catch? We are dancing the Sega – a traditional Seychelles dance! Do you have what it takes?
Simply visit our competition post and tell us if you will be joining us on the dance floor this coming weekend and you will be entered into our draw to stand a chance of winning four tickets to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival on Sunday 13 July 2014. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 9 July 2014.
Still not sure what the Sega is? Watch this great video of this dance below: