Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!