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  1. Make Franschhoek Your One Stop Destination This Summer

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    Summer is in full swing and what better opportunity to experience Franschhoek’s fabulous offerings – perfectly suited to this time of the year. 


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    The 2020 harvest season has begun and, during this time the winemakers and their teams shift into full gear as they spend long days in the vineyards selecting only the best fruit to make world-class wines the region is known for. Last year Winter brought with it good rains and we remain positive that this year’s harvest will be bountiful. 


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    Although Franschhoek is better known for producing world-class wines and home to some of the country’s top restaurants, it is also the place to be for unforgettable outdoor activities. The warmer weather during the Summer months spoils us with extended daylight hours – perfect for taking advantage of the region’s many open-air events. La Motte’s hiking trail, a trail run or MTB excursion along the Berg River Dam, horseback riding or a leisurely hike in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve admiring the flora and fauna, are just some of the adventure goings-on in and around Franschhoek. What about learning some interesting facts about Franschhoek whilst taking a leisurely stroll as part of a group on the unique Village Walk. Suited to all levels, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. 


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    Less than 60 minutes from Cape Town why not treat the family to a fun weekend in the valley to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and school. Or simply a retreat for the day to unwind and relax. Sample superb wines at some of Franschhoek’s finest wine estates, ranging from large to boutique farms – the list is endless. Most of the farms offer something to eat, which is the perfect opportunity to combine your wine tasting experience with a lazy lunch whilst taking in the gorgeous views.


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    For the slightly cooler Summer weather (albeit a rare gem) enjoy an informative Garden Tour, which is suited to young and old. Not only do you get to learn about a range of plant species, but you can also pick any of the seasonal fruit off the trees. For those with a sweet tooth a chocolate demonstration is a must on your bucket list of things to do when next in Franschhoek. With schools closing towards the end of March why not schedule a day trip with them during the holidays, or better yet book a mini family vacation during the Easter holidays, which this  year takes place over the weekend of 10 and 12 April. Even more reason to make a weekend (or long weekend) of your next trip to Franschhoek. A day simply isn’t enough to experience all that our beautiful valley has to offer. 


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    With the promise of glorious weather most of the restaurants in and around Franschhoek boast exquisite views of the valley. The ingredients for the ultimate winelands destination experience – world-class wines and cuisine together with breathtaking Summer views. We’ll understand if you linger a little longer as Franschhoek’s magic captivates your soul. 

    Should you find yourself in the valley on the last Friday of February and March be sure to take advantage of our Summer Season Shopping, where most of the retail outlets situated along Main Road will stay open until 8pm. The warmer weather and longer daylight hours allow for a leisurely walk where you’ll discover our village’s quaint independently owned stores. Allow yourself time to browse as you discover a few unique retail gems. 

    Have you saved the date for any of our 2020 festivals? If not, herewith a recap: the Franschhoek Literary Festival (15 – 17 May), Franschhoek Bastille Festival (11 and 12 July), Franschhoek Uncorked (5 and 6 September), Art Franschhoek (24 and 25 October) and Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival (5 and 6 December), to name but a few.


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    Visit our website for a full line up of events planned for the year.

  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

  3. Win tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines

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    We have filled this bottle to the brim with some raisins!


     Can you guess how many raisins it took to fill this empty bottle of wine?

    Guess correctly and stand a chance of winning
    four tickets
    to Franschhoek Summer Wines on 8 February 2014,
    courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley

    To enter visit our competition post
    and simply comment with your answer.
    Remember to share the competition with your friends

    The most correct entry will win!
    Entries close on Thursday 30 January 2014


    Entries close on Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 12h00.
    Winners announced Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 14h00.
    Entrants should be older than 18 years.
    Flights and transport not included in prize.
    The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into.
    Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.

  4. Enter our Franschhoek Summer Wines Competition

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    Tell us how you would spend a perfect summers day in Franschhoek and stand a chance of winning

    two tickets 
    to Franschhoek Summer Wines on
    Saturday, 16 March 2013,
    courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley!

    Simply write your answer on our Facebook wall

    Competition entries close on Tuesday, 12 March 2013.

    Also remember to visit our website for more information on the event and to download the Programme and list of participating wineries.

  5. Win two tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines!

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    Win two tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines and join us for a tasting of 30 of Franschhoek’s wineries’ top summer wines! Tickets to this exclusive event are limited to 350, and by entering this competition you stand a chance of winning tickets to this social calendar highlight.

    To enter all you need to do is either:

    Visit our Facebook page at and answer the following question on our wall: “Which celebrity chef in Franschhoek will be doing cooking demonstrations at Franschhoek Summer Wines to be held on the 31st of March 2012?”


    Follow us on twitter at @franschhoek_sa and retweet the following: “Win 2 tickets to Franschhoek Summer Wines. Details on Follow us & retweet to enter #fhksummer”.

    Tell your friends to do the same so they also stand a chance of winning this fantastic prize!


    • Entries close on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at 12h00.
    • Winners announced Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at 17h00.
    • Entrants should be older than 18 years.
    • Tickets valid for Franschhoek Summer Wines on 31 March 2012 only.
    • Flights and transport not included in prize.
    • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into.
    • Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.