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.
As we bid farewell to 2019, let’s make the most of the festive season. The Franschhoek Wine Valley offers a delightful alternative to the usual festive season destinations for celebrating this memorable time with family and friends.
A number of our members will be pulling out all of the stops with lavish Christmas inspired lunches and dinners, whilst others will be hosting fabulous New Year’s Eve parties. Celebrate the start of 2020 in style with an indulgent evening filled with exquisite food, wine, live entertainment and spectacular views. As a destination geared towards a relaxing break from work, we invite you to explore the region and its many new experiences.
Franschhoek with its quaint shops and galleries that all line the Main Street, provides a wonderful choice for shopping this Festive Season, allowing for the ultimate destination experience. Shops include boutique fashion and jewellery studios, world-class collections of artwork, speciality deli’s and wine retailers, interior design shops as well as interesting bric-a-brac to browse through. Shop for that perfect Christmas Eve outfit at either Indian Summer or Desray. Looking for the ultimate in accessories? Lorenzi, ANPA Jewels or The Diamond Works will no doubt add sparkle and glamour to any outfit. Masquerade is perfect for those one-of-a-kind décor items, whilst the numerous art galleries in and around the valley will cater to avid art collector’s wish lists.
The Shop Around the Corner
Pause for a glass of wine or light meal in one of the restaurants along the ‘retail route’ before continuing with your festive shopping. With most of the shops and galleries extending their opening hours until 7pm daily you’re guaranteed to find something special during the holiday season.
As we reflect on the year that was we also take this opportunity to acknowledge those members who have excelled on the awards front. Representing our wine, accommodation and restaurant sectors we couldn’t be prouder of our members who have done so well throughout the year. The most recent wine accolade includes the launch of the 2020 Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide, which saw Franschhoek Vignerons taking top honours in most of the categories as well as earning the coveted 5-star rating for no less than 14 wines. Topping the list was Mullineux Wines who were named Top Performing Winery of the Year, winning this title for the fourth time.
And hot off the press is the announcement of 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, with three Franschhoek eateries securing a spot on this sought-after list of the country’s Top 20. The deserving recipients were La Petite Colombe (#6), Chefs Warehouse at Maison (#14) and Le Coin Français (#16). When next visiting the region be sure to set aside some time to enjoy a meal at one of these fine restaurants.
La Petite Colombe Franschhoek
In closing we thank you for your valued support through 2019 and we wish you and your loved ones all the best over the festive season and a prosperous 2020.
The Festive Season is around the corner and it’s almost time to sit back, relax and enjoy this time with your loved ones. Christmas and New Year’s are special in South Africa as families and friends group together to reflect back on the year that was, make New Year’s resolutions and generally just enjoy spending some much deserved time together to celebrate.
In Franschhoek a few of our restaurants and wineries will be pulling out all the stops to make this time the most memorable one yet. Below are a few suggestions of what to do this Festive Season in Franschhoek.
Celebrate Christmas Day with a special lunch or dinner
Allée Bleue will be hosting a Christmas Day Buffet. Expect to find tables groaning with flavour-packed starters and salads, delicious main course options and decadent desserts to tempt you. The cost is R495 per person which includes a welcome drink. Allée Bleue wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks available at the cash bar. Guests are welcome from 12:00. Last seating at 15:00. For more information and to reserve your space visit http://alleebleue.co.za/picnics/.
Let Grande Provence do the cooking this Christmas and treat family and friends to an exceptional fine dining experience. Starting on Christmas Eve, their festive six-course lunch and dinner menu will be offered at The Restaurant until 25 December. With an exciting array of dishes, this festive menu will satisfy every culinary desire. From endive, cranberry granite, crispy turkey skins and blue cheese to polenta sweetcorn pudding, scallops, bacon jam and crispy Brussel sprouts. For the ultimate festive finish, let pecan pie, curry and ginger gel, butternut ice cream with pumpkin pie powder hit the sweet spot. The festive menu is available from Christmas Eve dinner, until Christmas Day at R1 850 per person; children under 10 will be charged a cover fee of R950 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email email@example.com or contact them on 021-876 8600.
Le Petit Manoir will be serving a Christmas Day lunch and dinner. At a cost of R995 per person, your festive treat includes a five-course set menu and a glass of MCC as well as a gift. Children under the age of six dine for free, and those aged between six and 17 years pay R450 per person. Lunch will commence at 12:00 and end at 15:00, with dinner starting at 18:30 until 21:30. Bookings are essential and can be made via their website on Dineplan or alternatively email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 021 876 2110.
Visit La Petite Ferme on 31 December for an indulgent evening filled with exquisite food and wine, fantastic live entertainment and spectacular views – and welcome 2020 in sparkling style! Their New Year’s Celebrations include the following: Cocktails & canapés on arrival, served on the lawns overlooking the Franschhoek valley; Sumptuous six course dinner; Live band (19h30 – 22h30); DJ (22h30 onwards); Bottomless MCC and La Petite Ferme wine throughout the evening. The evening starts at 19:00 and the dress code is Smart Casual. The cost for this spectacular New Year’s Eve event is R2 200 per person. An annual social calendar highlight, pre-booking is essential as seating is limited. Marinda Armstrong is the person to contact for queries and/or bookings. She can be reached on email@example.com or 021 876 3016. You don’t want to miss out on this unforgettable evening.
La Petite Ferme
Allow Grande Provence to whisk you away into 2020 with a lavish six-course dinner and live entertainment to toast the New Year. The menu includes marinated aubergine, confit shiitake mushrooms and smoked macadamia nuts to trigger your appetite, followed by cured yellowtail, grapefruit, fennel and sour onions. Savour baby marrow risotto, mushrooms and cured egg yolk lemon truffle, while meat lovers will enjoy the beef brisket, pickled turnips, parmesan and horseradish. As a final indulgence to wrap up the year, banana carpaccio, sourdough ice-cream, salted fudge and chocolate tuiles will satisfy your sweet tooth. The cost of the New Year’s Eve festivities is R2 495 per person and includes MCC on arrival. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 021-876 8600.
Spend the first day of 2020 at the beautiful Allée Bleue wine estate. Enjoy a picnic hamper full of delicious goodies including local cheeses, farm-baked breads, salads, tapenade and pestos made from their estate-grown herbs. The chef will be grilling Prego rolls, boerie rolls and sosaties. Select your favourite Allée Bleue wine and relax with family and friends (soft drinks, beers and spirits also available). The full New Year’s Day Picnic menu is available here. Kiddies’ options are also available – plus fun entertainment for them which includes a jungle gym, jumping castle, games and more – weather permitting. In the event of bad weather there will be covered areas and indoor options available. Book now to secure your spot!
What better way to spend the first day of 2020 than in traditional South African style with the first braai of the year and live music in the beautiful surrounds of Franschhoek. For one day only Mont Rochelle’s Country Kitchen will have live music throughout the day from local band Ozone and will be turning up the heat with a quintessential South African braai feast. Ozone is a well-known South African band made up of Morné Smit and Maresa May who have been performing a variety of pop, reggae, soul and rock songs for over 16 years. The band has a blues and soul feel and brings a touch of originality to the cover songs they perform making for a great accompaniment to Country Kitchen’s relaxed dining experience. Guests are really in for a treat with dishes such as whole karoo lamb on the spit, traditional South African boerewors, seared yellowfin tuna loin and much more. The braai is priced at R495 per person and R250 for children aged 7 to 12 years old (free for children aged six or under, maximum two per family).
The Country Kitchen at Mont Rochelle
Celebrate the New Year with a sunset market at the stunning Olive Press venue at Boschendal. You can expect Boschendal’s best night market food, finest wines and a festive atmosphere with live entertainment from Hot Water and a local DJ. Kids under 14yrs can be booked in at The Tree House for a supervised New Year’s party with plenty of entertainment. Tickets available at WEBTICKETS.
We will also be celebrating the end of 2019 with a lavish 5-course dinner at the award-winning Werf Restaurant at Boschendal. The evening will start at 19.00 with arrival drinks and canapes. Dinner will be served from 19.30. The restaurant will close by 23.00 but all guests have complimentary admission to our New Years Eve Party at the Olive Press with music and dancing until 2am. For bookings, please contact +27 (0) 21 870 4209 or email@example.com.
Let Franschhoek make your festive season extra magical this year. Guaranteed to create lasting memories for young and old.
The Beautiful Allée Bleue Estate is set to become a favourite destination this holiday season with a host of exciting offerings.
During the festive days of 24, 25 and 26 December families are welcomed to indulge in Allée Bleue’s popular picnics that have become a signature event in the Winelands.
Chicnics on the go
The basket will entice with a mélange of Cape flavours, with a touch of Christmas tradition. Think Christmas gammon, mince pies, Christmas cake, in addition to all the fresh produce that are sourced from the farm and immediate surrounds. A Chicnic basket for two, served at a garden table under an ancient oak tree or a Chicnic-On-The-Go hamper, to be enjoyed on the lawns of the beautifully manicured gardens, is the perfect setting for a lazy day in the Cape Winelands. While parents enjoy a leisurely visit, kids can play on the estate’s jungle gym, jumping castle and in the large sandpit. Allée Bleue’s youngest guests have picnic menu crafted specially for them.
To avoid disappointment, book your picnic before arriving. The Chicnic menu costs R695 per couple, R295 per person and the kiddies picnic costs R150 per child. The Chicnic-On-The-Go menu costs R670 per couple, R270 per person and the kiddies picnic costs R125 per child. To book your picnic and for more information, visit www.alleebleue.com. Opening Times: 24, 25 and 26 December 2018 from 12h00 to 16h00.
For guests that prefer a more traditional take on Christmas, the Allée Bleue Bistro, conveniently situated at the entrance to the estate and set in a charming building that boasts two open verandahs overlooking the gardens – is ideal for enjoying a quiet relaxed Christmas lunch. The set Christmas menu is priced at R385 per person and includes a welcome drink on arrival. To book your table and for more information, visit www.alleebleue.com. Opening Time: 25 December 2018 from 12h00 to 16h00.
Christmas lunch – vegetarian starter
On the cards too is a New Year’s Eve celebration to be hosted in the estate’s flagship, 250-seater ballroom, Le Grand Hall. This casual and fun event will offer food stalls with various eats ranging from local delicacies to sweet treats.
Offering sophisticated country hospitality, Le Grand Hall has a wonderful indoor-outdoor flow for entertaining guests against the majestic backdrop of the Drakenstein mountain range. The verdant lawns and fragrant gardens is ideal for al fresco drinks.
The New Year’s Eve party is priced at R1000 per person and includes a welcome drink on arrival, dinner, music, a glass of MCC for the countdown, a midnight snack and a beverage on departure.
Space is limited to 120 guests only and no under 18’s will be permitted. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Opening Time: 31 December 2018 from 20h00 to 01h00.
Allée Bleue Wine Estate is situated at the intersection of the R45 and R310. More information about this picturesque working farm is available via www.alleebleue.com or follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @AlleeBleue