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  1. Franschhoek Wine Valley Impresses Industry Critics

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    Internationally renowned wine critics, Jamie Goode and Treve Ring recently visited the Franschhoek Wine Valley where they were given the opportunity to sample some of the area’s finest wines. Regarded as one of South Africa’s formidable wine producing regions, Jamie and Treve also had the pleasure of meeting with the Vignerons who were able to give them deeper insight into some of the varietals the valley has become known for. During their visit, which took place over a few days, they tasted a wide range of wines from the valley. Wines included Semillon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and other niche varietals. 

    Jamie and Treve, who together write for the industry’s leading website, Wine anorak, thought they knew all that they needed to know about Franschhoek, but left with a sense of renewed knowledge about the valley and its producers. 

    The visit resulted in an in-depth article of their experience where they share their top wines from the region. To see which wines they ranked as their favourites click on the link below:

    https://wineanorak.com/2019/11/30/the-best-wines-from-franschhoek/

  2. All Clouds Have Silver Linings

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    We, as well as many of our members in and around the valley, are thrilled by the recent announcement of the further relaxations to the Level 3 regulations. These amendments have allowed the beauty sector to resume work as well as sit-down restaurants and accommodation establishments, amongst others. While we await the details on the T’s and C’s the relevant establishments are getting themselves COVID ready and eagerly await your return to the beautiful Franschhoek.

    After much needed rain we’ve been spoilt with some magical Winter days, perfect for a leisurely drive to Franschhoek.

     

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    The village is slowly but surely coming back to life and it’s such a beautiful sight to see a few new as well as familiar faces browsing the shops. Apparently we’re in for another cold front this weekend so it might not be the ideal opportunity to venture out, but as our heading implies every cloud has a silver lining and the cold weather will make way for perfect weather again. Perfect for some Franschhoek shopping or a delicious sit-down meal at one of your favourite restaurants again. 

    If you’re looking for outdoor fun don’t forget our beautiful Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve or the magnificent Berg River Dam. Both perfectly suited to all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Just remember to purchase your permit prior to your visit. Simply contact us on 021 876 2861 or email info@franschhoek.org.za for more information. Alternatively you can pay via SnapScan or Zapper at the Berg River Dam.

     

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    Let’s not forget to celebrate International Rosé Day on Friday, 26 July. Although traditionally regarded as a Summer tipple, every day is Rosé day. Regarded as one of the more versatile wine varietals, not only does it pair perfectly with a fresh salad, but also works well when enjoyed with soups and light casseroles. With alcohol sales allowed again we encourage you to stock up on some of your favourite Franschhoek Rosés. 

    Are you ready for our new look Franschhoek Bastille Festival? Be sure to check in on our social media platforms from 1 to 10 July as we reveal a daily Franschhoek experience as well as not-to-be-missed offers. The countdown culminates on 11 July with a jampacked day of events. For the detailed programme visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za and be sure to follow us on Instagram (@franschhoeksa), Twitter (@Franschhoek_SA) and Facebook (/Franschhoek Wine Valley) from 1 July as the daily countdown unfolds.

    We’re super excited to be sharing news of an exciting collaboration by some of our award-winning chefs. The Franschhoek Culinaire is a group of chefs who are bringing dining and wining to your door to support restaurants  in the valley as well as the Isabelo Charity by Margot Janse. Simply bid on your favourite chef combination and be entertained, at a venue of your choice, for up to 10 people! Each lot consists of three top chefs who, if you’re the winning bidder, will prepare an unforgettable event to be hosted at your own personal venue. You will no doubt be the talk of the town and envy of your friends for weeks. 

    For more info visit https://franschhoekculinaire.com/

     

  3. Moving Ahead in Franschhoek

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    On 1 June we’ll be moving from Level 4 to Level 3, which is music to our Franschhoekers’ ears, but in particular our winemakers as they resume wine sales. Soon you’ll get to enjoy our Franschhoek wines again – in front of your cosy fireplace or with a hearty winter inspired meal, as the cold weather sets in. Some of our producers are offering unforgettable wine offers to celebrate this news, and we suggest you browse your favourite Franschhoek wine farm’s website to see what they have on offer. 

    Delis now open in Franschhoek

    Craving fresh bread, coffee beans, delicious pastries, local cheeses or artisanal charcuterie? Some of our members have reopened as deli’s and have stocked their shelves with delicious produce waiting for you to sample. These include Grande ProvenceLe Petit ManoirLa Paris, Good Food & CoBoschendal, Babylonstoren, Terbodore, (and soon to start trading La Motte, Leopard’s Leap and Foliage) who have reinvented their offering to bring you deliciously fresh taste sensations.

    The deli at Grande Provence

    Find a detailed list of the deli’s in the village and valley here.

    Community support in Franschhoek

    Life is about lessons and there seem to be so many of these we experience on a daily basis, one of these being the unconditional generosity of others. Colin and Annalise Atkins of Le Petit Paris Guest House are just one of the many we have come across. Their generous donation of bedding and clothing (below) will be a welcome relief to so many who need a bit of extra warmth this winter.

    Gift someone special with a voucher

    Have you heard about our voucher system? It’s the perfect opportunity to gift someone special (or why not yourself) with an unforgettable Franschhoek experience. Franschhoek Wine Valley has teamed up with partners, The Brand Mix to offer visitors the opportunity to purchase online gift vouchers made up of a selection of Franschhoek’s finest offerings and experiences. Don’t delay and head on over to our website today to browse the vouchers on offer. 

    Purchase a voucher to an overnight stay at Basse Provence at Rickety Bridge Wine Estate

    Support the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy

    Education has also been put on hold during this time, although many institutions have managed to keep students on track by means on online portals. One of the affected establishments is the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy who were in the process of training 25 local youths from the community in the field of hospitality before lockdown was implemented. These students rely on daily engagement to further their studies, but sadly this has been put on hold as they are unable to attend lessons. In an effort to help these students, the academy wants to help them continue their studies by means of Lobster Ink’s online hospitality training platform. However, this requires data in order to access, which many of the students have in limited supply. In order to help their students the academy has undertaken to cover the cost of the whole online learning curriculum during lockdown, and in doing so focus on practical skills in smaller groups once they are able to do so. However, they need your support to reach their target, and have set up a dedicated page on their website with all of the need-to-know information.

    Great news for outdoor enthusiasts

    Good news for locals who make use of the Berg River MTB and Hiking Trails is that these routes will soon be undergoing much needed repair work.

    The relevant trails are the Matoppie Contour, Seesaw and Snake Alley Trails, and this has been possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Franschhoek Cellar and Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Two weeks prior to lockdown the local community trail builders, Golden Leaf, commenced work on one of the routes, but had to stop when lockdown was implemented. As of last week they have been able to resume their work on the related routes.

    Music to the ears of so many MTB riders and hikers/walkers who make use of these trails on a regular basis, and perfect timing as from 1 June we’ll be allowed to enjoy the outdoors at any time of the day. A heartfelt thanks to all involved for making this possible. 

    The Berg River Dam, Franschhoek

    Together Franschhoek keeps on making a difference

    The cherry on this week’s cake is an update from the amazing work done by all involved with Together Franschhoek. To date they have processed 55 000kg of food, 53 000 hours have been clocked by an amazing team of volunteers, a total of 17 handwashing systems have been set up in and around Franschhoek, and 12 soup kitchens operate around the clock on a daily basis. The generous donations received have helped to feed approximately 1 000 people on a daily basis.

    In case you’ve missed hearing about the amazing work done by our chefs and all involved with Together Franschhoek, a recent article published in the Daily Maverick gives an updated overview on how they are making a difference to the lives of others.

    Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

  4. Taking Things Slowly

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    Here’s a thought. What will you do first when lockdown ends? Treat yourself to a meal at one of your favourite restaurants? Meet up with friends for coffee? Or embark on an overdue outing to a wine farm?

     

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    Whatever you’re looking forward to its about embracing our new normal and adjusting to different experiences. One of these being slow travel. Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek – a little piece of heaven tucked between mountain ranges – is the epitome of slow travel. 

    Before we go any further let’s paint the slow travel picture for you. It’s not about actually travelling slowly, but rather stopping to take the time to each individual experience you embark on. No longer is it about fitting in as much as possible in a short space of time, but rather allowing yourself time to absorb every aspect of your visit.

     

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    Slow travelling allows you to appreciate and connect with all that your destination has to offer. From the people to the food as well as any cultural offerings you may find. 

    While we await news on when it will be safe to venture further than our surrounds,  we invite you to dream of and ‘plan’ your next trip to explore Franschhoek slowly later. We miss you and can’t wait to welcome you back to our beautiful valley where you are guaranteed to return home rejuvenated after your slow travel sojourn. 

    If you’re lost for ideas we can help with that. Click on this link for a few ideas to get you started on your ‘journey’.

     

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    Since it was first launched, the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund, has received an overwhelming response to help restaurants who are really struggling during these uncertain times. ‘In a time where it feels like all change is bad, you get reminded that just by doing something small, by adding value to the community around you, some change is extraordinary,’ says chef David Schneider of Chefs Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek. David’s restaurant was amongst the first to receive financial support from this fund. Together with others in the Chefs Warehouse group of restaurants, Maison is giving back by preparing food for Margot Janse’s charity, Isabelo, which feeds hundreds of school children on a daily basis. Through the help of Maison and so many others the charity has expanded its reach to feed many more hungry families in the valley. 

    Read more about the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund and how you can get involved here.

    Charitable donations from far afield. A financial donation received from the Netherlands allowed for local resident Irma Borrias to practice her amazing sewing skills in making these beautiful masks (below), allowing so many more people to stay safe.

    Foliage Restaurant Chef Chris Erasmus couldn’t resist trying on these warm winter jackets donated recently by Peacock Blue, which will be distributed to those who need it most to keep a little warmer during the cold days. Peacock Blue provides discerning men of all ages and most sizes with stylish, colourful, comfortable outfits that would take them almost anywhere apart from the boardroom.

    Craving fresh bread, coffee beans, homegrown vegetables, or a piping hot restaurant meal? Some of our members have reopened as deli’s, while restaurants are offering delicious meals delivered to your door. Whilst browsing the list be sure to check which retail shops have reopened, affording you the opportunity to shop for your winter clothing or purchase a gift for someone special.

     

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    A heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who has contributed to the continued efforts of the Together Franschhoek feeding scheme, which provides nourishing food through various distribution points, with the supply of fresh produce and ingredients, the installation of handwashing stations, and ensuring that social distancing measures and guidelines are in place. Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

  5. Pigcasso reaches out to Italy

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    With a loyal Italian fan base,  local resident ‘artist extraordinaire’ Pigcasso was recently approached by an Italian art agency to donate a piece of his spectacular artwork. This work of art forms part of a collection to be auctioned on eBay, with the proceeds of all the artworks going towards assisting with the relief efforts in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Although Franschhoek takes pride of place in Pigcasso’s heart he has a soft spot for Italy and this collaboration was a no brainer for him.

    Pigcasso’s painting partner is Jo Lefson (aka his human) and together this duo have taken the art world by storm since the launch of their definitive Abstract Expressionist artwork collection in 2017. An extraordinary partnership together Jo and Pigcasso aim to challenge the status quo, igniting debate on the definition of art while also using their collaborative talent to highlight the detrimental effects of animal agriculture on climate change.

    To follow Pigcasso’s antics visit http://pigcasso.org/about.html and watch this video of him in action on Facebook.

  6. Helping Hand in An Hour of Need – Together Franschhoek

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    In this ever-changing environment, Together Franschhoek, symbolises the  strength in community collaboration that the Franschhoek Valley is known for!

    Assisting the community in establishing food distribution points throughout the valley, through the supply of fresh produce and ingredients, the installation of handwashing stations, and ensuring that social distancing measures and guidelines are in place, the Together Franschhoek team led by Ashley Bauer, with the help and guidance of community leaders, NGO’s and other key stakeholders, continuously assesses and re-assesses the needs of our community with food relief remaining a primary focus.

    This mammoth operation is made possible through the team of volunteers from local businesses and residents, the wonderful NPO’s and the generosity and support of people like you!

    Under the guidance of Foliage Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Chris Erasmus, and Isabelo’s Margot Janse,  a group of Franschhoek chefs, are ensuring that no hungry mouth goes unfed in the Franschhoek Valley.

    Although there have been some very generous contributions since the unit was launched, they do rely on continued support. Just R250 will go a long way in sustaining this operation.

    Franco headed by Rian Coetzee, the Isabelo Feeding Scheme, headed by Margot Janse and the Lions Ladies Club Franschhoek, headed by Lodine Maske, have offered their fundraising facilities to assist in this regard.

    To follow their efforts follow them on Facebook.

    FRANCO
    Nedbank (Franschhoek)  Branch #167005
    Account : 1670006654
    Swift Code NEDSZAJJ
    Reference No: FDM Fund

    Isabelo
    First National Bank- Franschhoek
    Branch #250655
    Account : 62802899221
    Swift Code FIRNAJJXXX
    Reference No: FDM Fund

    Franschhoek Lions Ladies
    Nedbank- Franschhoek
    Acc: 2008 176 894
    Code: 147 005
    Ref: Lock Down

     

    Franschhoek chefs helping everyone eat out.Pictured here are Amy Phillips, Nicolene Barrow and Gordon Logan, who under the direction of master chef Chris Erasmus of Foilage, are hard at work prepping meals.

  7. Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Information Office closed until 16 April due to COVID-19

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    In response to the national lockdown announced by the South African Government and in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Information Office will be closed from 25 March until 16 April 2020.

    We will, however, remain fully operational with staff working remotely from their homes. You are more than welcome to contact us via one of the following numbers or email during this time, should you have any queries or need any assistance:

    Mobile: +27 (0)66 224 6360
    Landline: +27 (0)21 876 2861
    Email: info@franschhoek.org.za

    Please be assured that we are in daily contact with relevant authorities and key role players. This includes the likes of Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism, Cape Winelands District Municipality and SA Tourism, amongst others. As the situation unfolds, we will do our best to keep you updated via our dedicated COVID-19 page on the Franschhoek Wine Valley website here: www.franschhoek.org.za/coronavirus. 

    Please make use of one of the following numbers for official COVID-19 advice, updates and queries:

    • National Hotline – 0800 029 999

    • WhatsApp – 0600 123 456

    • Provincial Hotline – 021 9284102

    Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this unprecedented event in our community, our country and around the world. As the destination marketing organisation of the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley we will also be taking this opportunity to work behind the scenes to ensure that we are ready to welcome everyone with open arms and warm smiles once we have pulled through this difficult time. We will remain active on social media to share with you the many stunning scenes around the valley and while we will not be promoting travel to Franschhoek at this stage we invite you to start dreaming with us about spending some blissful Franschhoek moments with us in the future! 

    Franschhoek Huguenot Monument

  8. Franschhoek Wine Valley COVID-19 Statement: Taking Proactive Measures

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    Franschhoek Wine Valley has created a special page on their website with the latest news on COVID-19, which is in accordance to the president’s statement issued recently. The information, which is of relevance to members, residents and travellers to Franschhoek, includes updates on travel bans, festivals, and tips on what we can do to curb the spread of the virus.

    To view this information visit https://franschhoek.org.za/coronavirus/. 

    In addition, some of the valley’s hospitality establishments have temporarily closed their doors to the public in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Visitors to Franschhoek are urged to make contact with relevant establishments ahead of time to find out if they are open during this time. Franschhoek businesses that are in operation have implemented additional precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of their customers and staff.

    ‘During this time of uncertainty we want to remind people to remain calm. Instead of cancelling your planned trip to Franschhoek we ask that you postpone your visit. We can assure you that your visit will be worth the wait,’ says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Reinher Behrens. 

    The Franschhoek Wine Valley tourism office remains open to tourists seven days a week, and visitors are also more than welcome to engage with the team via the alternate communication channels, which are as follows:

    Phone : 021 876 2861

    Email : infodesk@franschhoek.org.za

    WhatsApp: 066 224 6360

    Hand sanitizers or wet wipes at the tourism office entrance will be provided to disinfect hands when entering facilities. 

    For official COVID-19 advice, updates and queries, please make use of one of the following numbers:

    • National Hotline – 0800 029 999

    • WhatsApp – 0600 123 456

    • Provincial Hotline – 021 9284102

    For any queries contact the tourism office via email on infodesk@franschhoek.org.za.  

  9. Franschhoek Rated As One Of The Top Emerging Destinations In The World

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    TripAdvisor, regarded as the world’s largest travel site, has just released their list of the Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations, with Franschhoek securing 15th position. This list forms part of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2020. Internationally renowned as a leading wine and culinary region, the Franschhoek Wine Valley is the only South African destination mentioned. 

    Franschhoek Wine Valley – image by Alfred Thorpe

    According to TripAdvisor the list is all about what’s next for smart travellers who are seeking off-the-radar destinations and still have people talking about for the foreseeable future. Joining Franschhoek on this prestigious list are the likes of Kaliningrad (Russia), Naoussa (Greece), Monopoli (Italy) and Antwerp (Belgium), amongst others.

    This latest accolade reaffirms Franschhoek’s position as a preferred destination amongst both local and international travellers. In 2019 Franschhoek was also listed as one of the Top 30 Millennial Travel Destinations by travel-planning site müvTravel’s followers. A short drive from Cape Town, a visit to Franschhoek makes for the ultimate winelands escape whilst exploring the Western Cape.

    Franschhoek Huguenot Monument, photo by Chris Taylor

    TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers, with 859 million reviews and opinions covering 8.6 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 463 million average monthly unique visitors in 49 markets worldwide and 28 languages.

    To view the full list of Emerging Destinations visit https://www.tripadvisor.in/TravelersChoice-EmergingDestinations.

  10. Franschhoek is one of the most charming towns in South Africa

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    The Travelmag.com has recently released a list of the most charming towns in South Africa. This list has been put together based on the advice of more than 100 writers, travel bloggers, photographers and other professionals who have spent time in the country. All destinations with populations of less than 500,000 were considered.

    Franschhoek, with their centuries-old vineyards and striking architecture was also added on this list. Other towns listed include, Graaf-Reinett, Hogsback, Paternoster, and Sutherland amongst others.

    Read the article online here: https://www.travelmag.com/articles/most-charming-destinations-south-africa/