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.
Unwind in the beautiful Franschhoek winelands after the Christmas rush with a leisurely braai picnic on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day at the delightful new Bistro at Grande Provence.
Embrace the Day of Goodwill with loved ones with a Boxing Day braai picnic under the oaks on Wednesday, 26 December. Alternatively, chill out after your New Year’s Eve celebrations and discover the laid-back side of Franschhoek.
The Bistro at Grande Provence
The Bistro picnic basket is filled to brim with delicious braai favourites such as prime beef boerie rolls, sosaties of satay-style aged sirloin and free-range chicken with chakalaka, farm baked herbed garlic bread, garden salad, traditional potato salad and the perfect end to any braai – Malva pudding with vanilla custard. Wine is as important as the food at any braai and with the wide selection of Grande Provence and Angels Tears wines and bubbly; you will be spoilt for choice.
Picnic baskets will be available at R800 for two people or R400 for a single basket. Children under 10 qualify for a half portion at R200.
The Bistro at Grande Provence is a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining and offers daily specials such as quiches, soups, salads and the most glorious cakes. Platters of local artisanal cheeses and fresh west coast oysters can be ordered separately.
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 email@example.com 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
Photo courtesy of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Packed to the brim with delicious artisanal foods, the Grande Country Picnic baskets include free range chicken, estate made hummus, local cheeses and preserves, heirloom garden salad, smoked snoek pâté, olives, charcuterie and crusty farm baked bread. The decadent rocky road Valrhona chocolate bar will satisfy any sweet tooth. The picnic basket comes with a bottle of Grande Provence’s popular Angels Tears wine of your choice as well as still or sparkling water. Vegetarian baskets are available on request.
Photo courtesy of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
The Grande Country Picnic is available at R650 for two people sharing or R325 for a single basket. To book, call The Restaurant at Grande Provence a day in advance on Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The picnics at Grande Provence take place from September 2018 until April 2019 and are weather dependant. Limited baskets are available per day, so book early to avoid disappointment.