Franschhoek Wine Valley

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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:

  2. Franschhoek Vignerons in the Top 6 for Cab Franc Challenge

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    Holden Manz Estate’s Cabernet Franc 2017 and My Wyn’s Les Grandes Horizontales 2015 have each  secured a spot as one of the Top 6 Wines at this year’s Cabernet Franc Challenge. Now in its 4th year the competition highlights quality wines produced by some of South Africa’s most passionate winemakers. Regular star performer, Holden Manz, was the venue for the awards ceremony which took place on 16 April.

    Winners and judges in the 2019 Cab FRanc Challenge

    Holden Manz’s Cabernet Franc 2017 is a rich and elegant soft textured wine with predominant cassis and dark berries. Well balanced savoury flavours with good volume. The wood is well integrated, with pleasantly subtle tannins, resulting in a balanced wine with a long finish with an abundance of spice and mocha. For more information on this award-winning wine visit

    Top 6 performing wines

    My Wyn winemaker Jacolien Haasbroek describes the Les Grandes Horizontales 2015 as a blend four different varieties, which was matured in French oak for 26 months. This wine is the ultimate in feminine complexity. Velvety on the palate, with the promise and intrigue of a lingering experience. For more information on this world-class wine visit

  3. 2013 Michelangelo Wine Awards

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    Congratulations to the following Vignerons de Franschhoek members that received awards in the 2013 Michelangelo Wine Awards!


    • Grande Provence: The Grande Provence 2009


    • Grande Provence: Grande Provence Red Blend 2009
    • La Petite Ferme: La Petite Ferme Merlot 2012
    • Noble Hill Wine Estate: Bloem Syrah, Mourvédre 2012
    • Rickety Bridge Winery: Paulina’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    • Akkerdal Wine Estate: Akkerdal Wild Boar Petit Verdot 2010
    • Allee Bleue: Allee Bleue Brut Rosé 2011
    • Babylonstoren: Babylonstoren Shiraz 2011
    • Bellingham Wines: The Bernard Series Hand-picked Viognier 2012
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2011
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Grand Cuvee Brut 2009
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2010
    • Boschendal Wines: Saint Augustine 2012
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2012
    • Dieu Donné Vineyards: Dieu Donné Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    • Grande Provence: Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
    • Grande Provence: Grande Provence Pinot Noir 2012
    • Môreson: Môreson Mercator Premium Chardonnay 2012
    • Môreson: Môreson Premium Chardonnay 2011
    • Môreson: Môreson Solitaire Chardonnay NV
    • Môreson: Môreson Knoputibak 2012
    • Solms-Delta: Solms-Delta Amalie 2012
    • Solms-Delta: Solms-Delta Koloni 2012
    • Vrede en Lust: Vrede en Lust Viognier 2012
    • Vrede en Lust: Vrede en Lust Chenin Blanc 2012


    • Allee Bleue: Allee Bleue Chenin Blanc 2012
    • Allee Bleue: Allee Bleue Starlette Blanc 2013
    • Allee Bleue: Allee Bleue Starlette Pinotage 2012
    • Allee Bleue: Allee Bleue Brut 2010
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2011
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Chenin Blanc 2012
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Le Grand Pavillon Brut Rosê NV
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Elgin Pinot Noir 2012
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Merlot 2012
    • Boschendal Wines: Boschendal Chardonnay 2011
    • Dieu Donné Vineyards: Dieu Donné Shiraz 2009
    • Dieu Donné Vineyards: Dieu Donné MCC 2010
    • Dieu Donné Vineyards: Dieu Donné Merlot 2010
    • Glenwood: Glenwood Chardonnay 2012
    • La Bri: La Bri Chardonnay 2012
    • La Bri: La Bri Syrah 2010
    • La Motte: La Motte MCC 2010
    • La Petite Ferme: La Petite Ferme Sauvignon Blanc 2013
    • Noble Hill Wine Estate: Noble Hill Chardonnay 2012
    • Noble Hill Wine Estate: Noble Hill Merlot 2010
    • Noble Hill Wine Estate: Noble Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot 2010
    • Solms-Delta: Solms-Delta Africana 2011
  4. Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors’ tune into local music and wine at Solms-Delta

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    Every month cellar door staff from Franschhoek wineries get together for the Vignerons de Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors Programme. The tasting is held at at a different wine farm every month and in this way staff get to experience the offerings of other wineries in their own area. In doing this it becomes easier for cellar door staff to refer guests to other properties and enhance their visit in the valley.

    The first tasting of 2012 was held at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek. The following video was put together as a summary highlight of what the evening was all about.