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.
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 www.plankton.mobi.
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.
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 www.franschhoek.org.za.
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.