Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Franschhoek Vignerons recognized at Cabernet Franc Challenge

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    The annual Cabernet Franc Challenge recently took place at Avontuur Estate in Stellenbosch which saw Holden Manz and My Wyn were recognized for producing superb wines. Winners were selected for wines of outstanding complexity and elegance.

    A total of 50 entries were received, and the wines were judged by an esteemed panel, which included Christine Rudman, Tinashe Nyamudoka, Samarie Smith, Anita Streicher-Nel and Lizette Tolken.

    The My Wyn Cabernet Franc 2015 made it onto the list of the Top Six Cabernet Francs in South Africa for 2018.

    The Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 was chosen at the Best Vintage Wine and they also received a Gold Medal for their Cabernet Franc 2015.

    Chamonix also received Gold for its Cabernet Franc 2015.

    The 2015 vintage has without a doubt proven to be a stellar year for these producers.

    Consumers will get the opportunity to sample the Top Six at the Cabernet Franc Carnival, which takes place at Avontuur Estate on 19 May. The wines will be available for tasting at one of three tutored tastings on the day. For additional info and ticket bookings visit

  2. Embrace Autumn’s splendour with Franschhoek’s outdoor activities

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    Autumn is around the corner, and although it is one of the shorter seasons, it tends to be the most beautiful. Leaves turning from green to hues of orange and brown, and a slight yet welcome chill in the air as the days grow shorter and the nights longer. This is also the perfect time to make the most of outdoor activities before Winter sets in. And what better place to satisfy your outdoor wanderlust than the captivating Franschhoek Wine Valley.

    Regarded as South Africa’s Culinary Capital and one of the leading wine regions, Franschhoek also boasts a wide selection of outdoor activities, perfectly suited for all grades of adventure enthusiasts. A hike in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers panoramic views of the valley. Breakfast Rock in the nature reserve is the perfect spot to view the valley’s splendor at sunrise or sunset. Explore the fynbos along the mountain trails and spot a baboon or two along the way. The nature reserve is home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, which contains the Fynbos Biome (8 600 different plant species), and is the world’s smallest and most species-rich floral kingdom. The Berg River hiking and biking trails are adds another dimension to Franschhoek’s vistas. La Motte Wine Estate has its own hiking trail which is available for hikers to explore between 9am and 2pm daily.  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.

    Keen to explore Franschhoek on a bicycle? Franschhoek has numerous cycling routes available in and around the area, which are perfectly suited for the whole family. Bring along your bike or hire one through Franschhoek Cycles. The Franschhoek Pass is also a popular cycling route and offers beautiful views of the valley. Boschendal also hire out mountain bikes to visitors to explore their scenic routes. Need a little more horsepower? Scootours Franschhoek offer an adventurous way to explore the magnificent mountains and wine farms in and around Franschhoek, in a fun family friendly way.

    Horse riding is also a popular activity, which can be arranged through the Paradise Stables or Cape Winelands Riding. Cape Winelands Riding offers pony rides for the younger visitors.

    For the thrill seekers Chamonix offers an unforgettable helicopter experience. Exploring Franschhoek with a bird’s eye view will no doubt make your friends green with envy. Complement your Chamonix experience with a game drive where you’ll get the chance to observe a variety of game, such as ostrich, zebra, eland, bontebok and springbok in their natural habitat.


    This is a mere sample of what outdoor enthusiasts can expect to find when exploring one of South Africa’s most loved wine regions. For more information on outdoor activities in and around Franschhoek visit

  3. Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors taste Chamonix Wines

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    Last night the Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors’ tasting was held at the beautiful Chamonix wine estate. Bernard presented a tasting of the followings wines: Chamonix Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Pinot Noir.

    The tasting was followed by some delicious delicacies from the Mon Plaisir Restaurant on site.

    Everyone attending this tasting will agree that the wines were fantastic and the French delicacies exquisite and we will all definitely be back for more.

    The Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors programme is an initiative by the Vignerons de Franschhoek and the aim is to expose Franschhoek’s tasting room staff to other products and experiences in the area so that they can become ambassadors in the Franschhoek Wine Valley.

    For more pictures about this event, please visit the Franschhoek Wine Valley Facebook page.