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  1. Franschhoek Uncorked launches new festival app

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    Not only will visitors to Franschhoek get to sample new releases at this weekend’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (14 and 15 September), but in what is believed to be a first for the industry, they will get the chance to make use of the festival’s recently launched app, which supports Franschhoek’s efforts in helping to minimize the impact of festival environments. Regarded as one of the industry leaders the Franschhoek Wine Valley tourism team felt the time was right to do away with paper and embrace the digital age.

    Available via the Google Play Store as well as the Apple Store, the app offers a user friendly programme with details on the participating wineries and craft breweries at this year’s festival. Simply search for ‘Flock Events’ on the relevant app store, register and click on Franschhoek Uncorked to access the festival programme and more.

    The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival offers visitors the opportunity to travel from farm to farm whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons. The craft breweries participating in this year’s festival, another first, are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

    With 19  Franschhoek producers participating in this fun two-day festival, there promises to be something for everyone.

    Pre-booked Uncorked Weekend Passes cost R180 per person, and are available via Webtickets. Tickets purchased on the day, at the participating wine farms, will cost R200 each. Your Uncorked Weekend Pass (valid for both days) allows you access to all of the participating wine farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings.

    For more info visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za.

  2. Franschhoek swings into Spring

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    The Franschhoek Wine Valley has been blessed with an abundance of much needed rain this past season. Not only is the Berg River dam full, but the valley is looking absolutely spectacular. The trees are in full bloom as their blossoms symbolise the first signs of Spring and the vineyards are looking healthy and green, as they embrace the warmer weather.

    Vineyards at Noble Hill

    This calls for celebration and what better opportunity than raising a glass of Franschhoek bubbly than on 1 September, which is not only the first official day of Spring, but it also happens to be Cap Classique Day. Celebrated both nationally and internationally as a leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) region, not only is Franschhoek home to some of SA’s finest MCC’s, but we also have the country’s first MCC route, with more than 24 MCC producers.

    Boschendal Methode Cap Classique

    Spring is also the perfect opportunity to sample new release wines. Diarise the weekend of 14 and 15 September for our annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. Welcome in the warmer weather as you travel from farm to farm sampling some of the superb wines the valley has become known for. Participating wineries will be showcasing some of their crowd favourites as well as a handful of new release gems.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    With a few festival specials on offer now is the ideal time to stock up for the end of year holiday season. Not only will they be pulling out the stops to showcase their finest offerings, but expect to find some added attractions to ensure a truly memorable Uncorked visit.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    Pre-booked tickets, valid for both days, cost R180 per person, which can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za. Tickets purchased on the day, at the participating wine farms, will cost R200 each. For the detailed programme and accommodation specials contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za.

    Ending September on a high note will be the final Franschhoek Mystery Weekend, which takes place over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Ideally suited to couples your weekend is pre-planned from check in to check out, and holds the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on mysteryweekend@franschhoek.org.za.

    The bonus of this weekend is that it also allows for ample time to take a leisurely stroll up Franschhoek’s main road, where you’ll uncover a plethora of retail gems. These include art galleries as well as stylish clothing and exquisite décor boutiques. Don’t leave Franschhoek without making time to browse one or two of these gems, guaranteed to have something for you to take home as a reminder of your time in the valley.

    Indian Summer, Franschhoek

    September is also Tourism Month. The purpose of Tourism Month is to encourage South African locals to explore their country in an effort to showcase the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.  With school holidays upon us and another long weekend in store towards the end of this month (Heritage Day on 24 September) why not plan your trip to Franschhoek now. Be it a day visit, an overnight stay or a weekend escape, Franschhoek has something for everyone. For a list of things to do in and around the valley visit our website www.franschhoek.org.za.

    Rupert & Rothschild Tasting

    Cheers to a fabulous September!

  3. 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 www.franschhoek.org.za.

  4. Franschhoek swings into Spring this September

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    Spring is here and what better time to embrace this cheerful season in all its finery than at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 15 and 16 September. Discover a plethora of experiences as you travel from one estate to the next sampling fabulous new release wines on offer. The participating Franschhoek Vignerons will be pulling out all of the stops as they showcase their selection of vintage releases, ranging from MCC’s, white wines and Rosés to red varietals. With two days to explore the finest wines in the valley,  it’s the perfect excuse to stock up for the upcoming festive season. Adding extra pizzazz to the festivities visitors can expect to find other unforgettable experiences included in the wine sampling lineup. These include themed tastings, bespoke meals, live music, old school lawn games and more.

    Avoid the queues and pre-book your Uncorked Weekend Pass through www.webtickets.co.za. Tickets cost R150 per person and allows you access to all of the participating wine farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings. Kids under 18 enter free. To view the complete line-up of participating wineries visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za.

    With so much on offer why not turn your Uncorked experience into a weekend getaway. During the two-day weekend some accommodation establishments in and around Franschhoek will be offering not-to-be-missed accommodation packages. These packages are only valid for bookings for two night stays during the Franschhoek Uncorked weekend, and will include your Uncorked Weekend Pass tickets. Your choice of accommodation ranges from 5-star boutique hotels and luxurious B&B’s to quaint self-catering establishments. For the full list of participating establishments visit https://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/accommodation-packages.

    The Map Room

    We also have a number of restaurant offers available especially for Franschhoek Uncorked guests, so hurry up and book your table now!

    The Village Grill

    Not only is September synonymous with the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival and Spring, but it also celebrates Tourism Month in South Africa. The purpose of this annual celebration is to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy of our country. And what better way to pay tribute to our booming tourism than at this social calendar highlight.

    Cheers to a fabulous September!

  5. Get your Uncorked weekend passes this week and win!

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    Franschhoek Uncorked is around the corner – 15 & 16 September 2018! Book your Franschhoek Uncorked weekend passes online at Webtickets before the end of this week and stand a chance of getting a full refund on your festival tickets!

    To stand a chance of winning, simply buy your tickets online via Webtickets before Friday 7 September at 12h00.

    For more information about Franschhoek Uncorked, please visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za

    TERMS & CONDITIONS:

    • 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.
    • All entrants need to have already bought a valid Franschhoek Uncorked weekend pass online via Webtickets.
    • Entries close Friday 7 September 2018 at 12h00. Winners announced at 14h00.
  6. Win 6 tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked!

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    Franschhoek wineries will be showcasing their superb wines and new releases and have a range of exciting activities lined up for the Franschhoek Uncorked weekend.
    Want to join us?

     We are giving away
    SIX tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked (valued at R720),
    courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley.

    To stand a chance of winning these tickets
    visit our competition post;
    have a look at the festival programme and activities and
    then tell us which farms you would like to visit during the Uncorked Festival weekend and why!

     Franschhoek Uncorked La Chataigne-1Also remember to “like” our FWV Facebook page,
    and share the competition via any of your social media networks
    to increase your chances of winning!

    Entries close on Thursday 18 September 2014.

    Terms and Conditions at
    www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za

  7. Franschhoek Uncorked 27 & 28 September

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    Get into the swing of spring and sample superb wines at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Wineries in and around the Valley will be pulling out the stops showcasing their finest new release wines. This year 21 wineries will be particiapting and include newcomers Babylonstoren and Topiary Wines.

    Franschhoek Uncorked Haute Cabriere-4Don’t miss out on the wine specials either, valid for the weekend only. This year all wineries will be offering a “buy five, get the sixth bottle free” special. The perfect excuse to stock up on your wine collection as you travel from farm to farm. Choose to stop and sample wines or take in the entertainment and activities on offer at some of the farms.

    Get your Uncorked Weekend Pass, at a cost of R120 per person. Prebookings through www.webtickets.co.za, or participating wine farms on the day. Your pass includes a tasting glass and free wine tastings at these wineries for the duration of the weekend.

    For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za for further details and a list of participating farms. For regular updates follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.

  8. Win tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked!

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    Say goodbye to the grey moods of winter and celebrate at Franschhoek Uncorked from 7 to 8 September 2013!

    Franschhoek wineries will be showcasing their exciting new vintages and releases and have a range of exciting activities lined up for the weekend.

    We are giving away
    FOUR tickets to Franschhoek Uncorked (valued at R480),
    courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley

    To stand a chance of winning these tickets, simply visit the competition post on our Franschhoek Uncorked Festival website:
    www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za

    Have a look at the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Programme here:
    http://www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za/programme.html

    Then comment on the post
    by telling us which farms you would like to visit and why!

    Then simply click on the ShareThis button at the bottom of the post
    and share the post via any one of the social media channels available
    (Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of the other channels available).

    Entries close on Friday 30 August 2013.

    TERMS & CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

    Entries close on Friday, 30 August 2013 at 12h00.
    Winners announced Friday, 30 August 2013 at 13h00.
    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.

  9. Franschhoek Uncorked 1 & 2 September 2012

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    Say goodbye to the grey moods of winter and celebrate the start of spring by heading off to the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of September for the annual Franschhoek Uncorked festival. Franschhoek wineries in and around the scenic valley welcome the fresh, new season, using the opportunity to showcase their exciting new vintages and releases.

    As an added attraction to this year’s celebrations visitors can look forward to bespoke tastings presented at the following wineries:

    • Anthonij Rupert Wines
    • Backsberg
    • Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
    • La Bri
    • La Vigne, Home of Four Paws Wines
    • Solms-Delta

    Booking is essential as space is limited, and can be done directly through the wineries, at an additional cost. For contact details visit the bespoke tastings page, which will also be updated on a regular basis with new participants.

    Pack the car and set off for the winelands with its fresh country air and exquisite views whilst travelling from farm to farm. Be sure not to miss some of the live entertainment on offer as you plan your voyage of discovery of the region’s superb wines and delectable culinary treats. With most of the Franschhoek wineries participating in this fun festival, there promises to be something for everyone, which includes cellar and vineyard tours, food and wine pairings, art exhibitions as well as a fresh food market, to name but a few.

    Music fans can expect to be kept entertained with a variety of live shows, ranging from talented jazz musicians and blues bands to French inspired music, with local musicians providing the ‘local is lekker’ flavour. Car enthusiasts will be thrilled with a rare exhibition of über-luxury cars at Anthonij Rupert Wines, L’Ormarins Estate, and include favourites such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati and Ferrari.

    As the festival organisers practice responsible drinking and driving a list of shuttle service companies can be found on the festival website, and is excluded from the festival fee.To assure you of an unforgettable experience, visitors to the festival will be issued with an Uncorked Access Pass, at a cost of R100 per person. Available directly from www.webtickets.co.za, participating wineries, or through the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices, the pass includes a tasting glass and free wine tasting at these wineries for the duration of the weekend.  Tickets purchased via Webtickets must be exchanged for Uncorked Access Passes at either Vrede en Lust or Allee Bleue Estate. Children under 18 will be allowed free entry and unfortunately pets are not allowed.

    For more information contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley office on 021 876 2861 or visitwww.franschhoekuncorked.co.za. Follow us on Twitter at #fhkuncorked for regular updates.

    So, with something for everyone we invite you to come and indulge yourself as you witness the country’s gourmet capital blossom and come alive.Turn this social calendar highlight into a weekend of discovery. Book into one of the town’s luxuriously quaint, yet affordable B&B’s or guest houses, and discover all that Franschhoek has to offer. This should also allow you ample time for a leisurely stroll down the main road, uncovering world-class shops and boutiques, allowing for an intimate and relaxed shopping experience. For more information on accommodation and sightseeing suggestions visit www.franschhoek.org.za.