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  1. It’s All About Saving The Dates In 2020

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    It’s a brand-new year, and with it we welcome so many exciting things. New beginnings, making new memories as well as planning for the year ahead. Although the Franschhoek Wine Valley is regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost wine producing regions as well as the country’s Culinary Capital, we are also home to a variety of amazing offerings. Namely our lifestyle festivals. Allowing everyone to recover from the madness of the ‘silly season’, January is usually a breather from our busy events calendar, but then in February we take things up a notch with our popular Franschhoek Summer Wines.

    Franschhoek Summer Wines

    Don’t miss out on this bespoke event which takes place on Saturday, 1 February at the splendid Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Dress elegantly in your finest Summer inspired white outfit as you sip your way through the Vigneron’s line up of seasonal wines, which include white, rosé, Méthode Cap Classique and lighter styled red varietals.  Chef Pieter de Jager and his team will be working their culinary magic in the kitchen to prepare delicious eats to enjoy with your wine. Relax on the sprawling lawn or in the comfort of the enclosed patio area of the venue. Live music add the final touches to what promises to be an unforgettable day out in the Franschhoek Wine Valley.

    Franschhoek Summer Wines

    The entrance fee is R295 per person and we advise pre-booking via as tickets are limited. The cost includes entry, a complimentary tasting glass, tastings of the wines showcased as well as discount voucher to be used for the purchase of any show wines on the day. 

    If you are unable to join us at this event be sure to save the date for some of other festivals planned for 2020. These include the Franschhoek Literary Festival (15 – 17 May), Franschhoek Bastille Festival (11 and 12 July), Franschhoek Uncorked (12 and 13 September), Art Franschhoek (24 and 25 October) and Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival (5 and 6 December), to name but a few. Visit our website for a full line up of events planned for the year.

    Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival

    Not only is Franschhoek a haven for fabulous festivals, but it’s where you want to be for the ultimate in winelands destinations. Should you find yourself in the valley over a weekend during January, February and March be sure to take advantage of our Summer Season Shopping . On the last Friday of these months most of the retail outlets situated along Main Road will stay open until 8pm. The perfect kickstart to a weekend getaway.

    Shop around the Corner

    With all the public holidays and long weekends in store for this year why not plan to make one of your retreats to Franschhoek. Choose from the wide selection of accommodation on offer, which range from quaint self-catering to luxurious 5-star establishments. This allows you more than enough time to discover all that the region has to offer. With some of the farms and restaurants boasting spectacular views of the valley we’ll understand if you simply want to spend the whole day there taking in the sights and sounds. Your weekend getaway to Franschhoek should also allow you time to browse the numerous boutique shops dotted along the Main Road. 

    Grande Provence picnic

    Whether you visit Franschhoek during the warmer months or opt to discover hidden gems during the cozy colder season, the valley is without a doubt magical throughout the year. If you’re stuck for ideas our website,, is useful guide to get you started on your journey of discovery. 

    If there is one thing to add to your bucket list for 2020, let it be a visit to Franschhoek.

  2. Add to your travel bucket list with some of these Franschhoek highlights

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    Compliments of the New Year and may 2019 be one of discovering new and exciting destinations as well as revisiting some of your old favourites. With so much happening in and around the Franschhoek Wine Valley this year we wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything. Whether you’re a seasoned Franschhoek visitor, or completely new to our region, you definitely need to add us to your travel bucket list.

    Franschhoek, South Africa

    To give you a bit of a head start when planning your 2019 travels we would like to remind you to save the date of some our social calendar highlights taking place this year. We kickstart our festival year with Franschhoek Summer Wines, which takes place on Saturday, 2 February at the breathtaking Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Join us as we taste the Vigneron’s choices for Summer, as well as discover a few new gems.

    Franschhoek Summer Wines

    Book enthusiasts can look forward to the Franschhoek Literary Festival (17 – 19 May), while in July we celebrate all things French with the Franschhoek Bastille Festival (13 & 14 July).

    Franschhoek Bastille Festival

    Discover Franschhoek’s many wine estates as you travel from farm to farm during Franschhoek Uncorked (14 & 15 September). Stock up on new release wines (and other favourites) from our Vignerons, whilst discovering new wine estates you have not had the chance to visit yet.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    After much needed rains the valley is looking spectacular again, and 2019 welcomes back Franschhoek Open Gardens (26 & 27 October). Our numerous art galleries in and around the valley will be showcasing the finest art from local and international artists during Art Franschhoek (26 October – 23 November). Finally we invite you to join us as we celebrate the end of the year with one of SA’s premier social calendar events being the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival (30 November & 1 December). For more info and where to book visit our website.

    Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival

    Remember to book accommodation during our festival weekends as soon as possible as the weekends tend to fill up quite quickly. Opt for one of the village’s luxuriously quaint, yet affordable B&B’s, guest houses or boutique hotels, and discover all that Franschhoek has to offer. Your weekend experience should allow you ample time for a leisurely stroll down the main road, uncovering world-class shops, art galleries, boutiques or locally produced items at the Saturday market. Restaurants in and around the valley, which range from award-winning establishments to charming village dining eateries, add the final touches to the ultimate winelands getaway.

    Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant

    If you haven’t experienced Franschhoek in Winter you’re missing out, and as 2019 is the year of new discoveries, why not experience the beauty of the region during this season. During the colder months Franschhoek transforms into a magical ‘Winter Wonderland’, as not only does the valley look spectacular during this time, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to take advantage of value-added offerings, to enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fire place, to retreat to a quiet place, to experience some of Franschhoek’s world-class eateries. For those enjoying the outdoors, exploring the mountains by bike or foot during this time is mesmerizing.

    The Franschhoek Mystery Weekends also take place during Winter and if you have not yet had the opportunity to experience one of these weekends, we invite you to save the date for these as follows:
    27 and 28 July
    24 and 25 August
    27 and 28 September

    For those based in Gauteng, the annual Winter Sculpture Fair, which takes places over the weekend of 11 and 12 May at the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park is without a doubt a feast for all the senses. Some of Franschhoek’s finest restaurants and wineries set up shop alongside artisanal cheese, charcuterie and chocolate stands, allowing visitors to purchase goods whilst admiring the exquisite sculptures on display throughout the park.

    The Winter Sculpture Fair

    Whatever the season, Franschhoek is a must on any destination wishlist. With an abundance of world-class offerings there is no excuse for Franschhoek not to be on your bucket-list this year. For more information on our festivals, as well as experiences visit our website at