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.
Our Colmant 2019 harvest is in full swing,
with the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir looking promising.
It is a year of exciting changes and growth
In our continuing journey to produce the finest boutique Cap Classique in South Africa, we are thrilled that Paul Gerber, one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique makers, will be joining the Colmant Cap Classique and Champagne team as winemaker.
Paul comes with a wealth of knowledge. He is
also currently doing his master’s degree in “the use of cork as a closure and
winemaking tool for bottle fermented sparkling wines during ageing on yeast
lees” in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, the University of Rheims
in Champagne and the research bodies Winetech and Nietvoobij in Stellenbosch.
Paul started his career as a maths teacher.
His wife, Dr Berna Gerber, is a senior lecturer of the department Speech and
Language at Stellenbosch University. They have a small son, Jean, who adds even
more sparkle to their lives!
Paul and JP Colmant will be joining their
passion to further grow the quality of Colmant Cap Classique, as well as the
Cap Classique category in South Africa.
“I am thrilled and excited for the road
ahead with Paul. This will allow us to reach the next level of excellence”
Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne recent awards:
Colmant Cap Classique BRUT CHARDONNAY NV – Platter’s 2018 – FIVE STARS
Colmant Cap Classique BRUT CHARDONNAY NV – Amorim Cap Classique
Challenge 2018 – BEST BLANC DE BLANCS
Colmant Cap Classique ABSOLU ZERO DOSAGE NV – Platter’s 2019 – FIVE
Gone are the days when Méthode Cap Classique (MCC), or Bubbly as it is also fondly referred to, was only enjoyed at special occasions. These days it has become the preferred drink of choice for any occasion – sundowner, brunch, or with a meal. In fact, any occasion is suited to the perfect MCC and the Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of SA’s finest bubblies.
Have you heard about the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route?
This is where you’ll find no less than 24 Cap Classique producers, and include well-known brands such as Morena, L’Ormarins, Colmant, Le Lude and Boschendal to name but a few. The bespoke Franschhoek Cap Classique Route allows visitors to tailor make their MCC experience. The route extends from Babylonstoren all the way through to Franschhoek Pass Winery, affording visitors an all-round experience of the region’s world-class offerings. With the help of a user friendly map (available to download from www.franschhoek.org.za or in hard copy format from the Info Office) you can create your own unique Franschhoek Cap Classique experience. Whether it’s a quick day trip to the valley or a leisurely weekend experience, the route is perfectly catered to all bubbly enthusiasts.
Franschhoek MCC Route
Self-drive or wine tram:
The Franschhoek Cap Classique Route is ideally suited to self-drive experiences, but if you prefer to take in as much as possible without having to concentrate too much on the road then the Franschhoek Wine Tram is the perfect alternative. The tram currently operates on eight routes within the valley, all of which include an MCC producer along the way.
Franschhoek Wine Tram
Uncover world-class MCC’s at SA’s social calendar event
If you happen to find yourself in the valley during the weekend of 1 and 2 December you’re bound to find yourself in Cap Classique heaven as you get to sample a plethora of local and international MCC’s. The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, is the perfect way to end 2018 and usher in the festive season. The spectacular Huguenot Monument serves as the spectacular backdrop for the weekend’s festivities, where you’ll have no excuse but to sit back, relax and sample the wide range of bubblies on offer. The grand marquee – the place to be seen – will be oozing style, elegance and sophistication, as you mingle with local MCC producers as well as a handful of international brands. Adding to the superb offering will be a selection of delectable delights, on offer from some of Franschhoek’s world-class eateries. Pre-booking to this social calendar highlight is essential as tickets sell out fast. R395 per person includes entry, a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons. For bookings and more details visit www.webtickets.co.za.
Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, 1 & 2 December
365 days of the year to enjoy bubbly bliss
Unable to attend the festival? Not a problem. When you’re next in Franschhoek – especially during the warmer months – make time to indulge a decadent High Tea or relaxing picnic. Both being the perfect opportunities to sip and savour a fine Franschhoek MCC. With their breathtaking views, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, La Motte and La Residence are the epitome of High Tea destinations. For the ultimate in picnic experiences then look no further than Boschendal.
Come rain or shine, everyday should be a day to enjoy a glass of your favourite Franschhoek MCC.
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