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  1. Cape Winelands District has been named one of the Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2020 by Lonely Planet

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    “Our vast open spaces, hospitable people, fauna and flora, agricultural sector, wine industry,  fine cuisine and opportunities for grand adventure echo what all Cape Winelands tourism stakeholders believe:  A thousand things to do and then some wine….”. Stated Ald (Dr.) Elna von Schlicht,  Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality upon hearing that the Cape Winelands District has today been named one of the Top 10 Best Value Destination for 2020 by Lonely Planet.

    Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

     The Mayor went on to say, “Here in the Cape Winelands and specifically at the Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM), we recognize the value of a robust tourism industry and its role in economic and skills development.  The Municipality supports tourism through our relationships with Local Tourism Associations and projects such as the Annual Mayoral Tourism Awards.  During this year we have developed the Cape Winelands Route and Events App, available free of charge to all visitors, to help travelers, visitors an even our citizens find all the special places in our district.  The people of the CWD are the strength of our tourism industry, the way we host, entertain and nourish our guests tells us that the Cape Winelands District welcomes visitors who wish to be hosted, entertained and nourished!”

    Lonely Planet, a major global tourism platform, has announced today that the Cape Winelands has been selected as one of their “Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2020”.

    Coming in at 8th position, Lonely Planet boasts on their website:

    “The real action here is at the wineries and fabulous restaurants dotting the beautiful upland scenery. You won’t find elephants snuffling round the vineyards, but you will find inexpensive tasting tours followed by lazy lunches serving world-class food alongside delicious local wines. If you care to stretch your wallet a little further when staying the night, you can sleep it all off in high-end guesthouses and B&Bs that would cost a lot more elsewhere.”

    Mayor von Schlicht thanks Local Tourism Associations, those Cape Winelanders working in our tourism and related industries and the Municipality’s Tourism and Local Economic Development units. “The proof, they say, is in the pudding! And this is most definitely proof.”

    For more information please visit:  or download the new Cape Winelands Tourism and Events App from Google Playstore or Apple i-store


  2. Grande Provence oysters & bubbly pairing smacks of summer

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    Savour the ultimate taste experience of uplifting Méthode Cap Classique and fresh West Coast oysters at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek.

    Served from the oyster bar under majestic oaks in the magnificent Sculpture Garden, the MCC & oyster pairing embraces three uniquely dressed oysters to complement the character and personality of each of the Grande Provence Brut MCCs.

    Grande Provence Brut, a beautifully balanced blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is paired with an oyster bedecked with dill, yuzu and cucumber in a dill infused dressing with yuzu pearls and vermouth compressed cucumber adding the finishing touches.

    The delightful Grande Provence Brut Rosé MCC, bursting with red berry and strawberry flavours, shares the limelight with an oyster enriched with home-made fermented kimchi, toasted sesame seeds and a dash of tom yum mayonnaise.

    With hints of baked apples, biscotti, brioche and pears, the flagship Grande Provence Vintage Brut 2011 is a superb taste partner for an oyster enriched with vintage brut velouté (a cream based, bubbly and linefish sauce), Franschhoek trout roe, and dried nori.

    The oysters are shucked directly from the Grande Provence oyster tank and garnished freshly at the oyster bar.

    The summer MCC & oyster pairing is available daily between 12h00 and 16h00 at R180, weather dependent. Additional fresh Saldanha Bay oysters are available at R90 for three. The oysters are served with lemon and mignonette sauce (a condiment made with shallots and cracked pepper).

    Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence offers true South African wine heritage, exceptional food and wine, and luxury boutique accommodation. For more information visit, or Twitter @grande_provence.

  3. Competition! Relive that special Valentine’s weekend in Franschhoek

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    Franschhoek Wine ValleyWith Valentine’s Day around the corner what better way to spoil your loved one than with a visit to the picturesque and romantic Franschhoek Wine Valley. Be it a weekend away, an overnight stay or a special lunch, Franschhoek is the perfect place to be!

    Should you decide to make it a weekend or overnight stay during the weekend of 11th and 12th February, a meal that weekend or even on Valentine’s Day, you stand the chance of winning your experience again, to be enjoyed later in the year.

    Simply email your details to and confirm where in Franschhoek you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day. If you’re the winner, we will make your return booking for you!

    If you still need a few ideas of what to do for Valentine’s Day, have a look at our special Valentine’s offerings here.