Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Celebrating International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

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    The cooler weather is the perfect reminder of what is to come – International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, which is celebrated today across the world. A day in which we pay tribute to this world-renowned red wine varietal, also commonly referred to as the ‘King of Red Grapes’. These grapes are known for producing wines with complex aromas and an abundance of gorgeous concentrated flavors, which include blackberries, crème de cassis, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, mint, cedar wood, cigar box and more….

    Although the Franschhoek Wine Valley is widely known for producing stellar Chardonnay and Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC), the region is also home to a range of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon producers.

    Home to a range of award-winning wines, Holden Manz is also where you’ll find their Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, which winemaker Thierry Haberer describes as having a rich and full palate with a complex array of dark fruit. The middle palate is full and shows width with complexity and depth leading to a long, full finish. Fine wood tannins combine with well-balanced acidity.

    Boutique estate La Bri is not only well known for their wines, but also their striking wine labels. Each wine depicts a Cape flower on the label, and their Cabernet Sauvignon is the proud bearer of the White Watsonia on its label. A limited release Cabernet, which is only made in exceptional years, and only 1 433 bottles of their current vintage – the 2016 – were produced.

    Rickety Bridge boasts not one, but two Cabernet Sauvignons in their range – the Paulina’s Reserve and the Icon. The Paulina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 displays classic characters of red cherries layered with herbal notes, hints of pencil shavings and oak spice, whilst the Icon’s Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017’s nose is dominated by mint, dark cherry, aromatic tobacco and hints of cloves.

    As you enter the Franschhoek Wine Valley you will find family owned Noble Hill, which is also home to their estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, which was left to mature in French oak barrels for 18 months, resulting in a wine with excellent colour and structure.

    With Level 2 regulations allowing for the sale of alcohol again be sure to restock your collection with one of these.

    For more on these Franschhoek Vignerons as well as any of the other Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the valley visit

  2. Wineries currently open in Franschhoek

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    During Level 2 lockdown regulations, the following Wineries in Franschhoek are currently open. Please contact us at 021 876 2861 for further info.

    Offering samplings of a selection of wines at inVINcible Wine Shoppe only
    Monday – Thursday
    09:00 – 17:00

    Boschendal (Wine tasting at The Werf Restaurant only)
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 – 15:00 (last seating at 15:00)
    Please note that we are only allowed to accommodate 6 guests per table, for larger bookings please contact
    No cash will be accepted.
    Platters/Farm Plates Available with tastings

    Plaisir de Merle
    Monday – Sunday (Wine tastings)
    Monday – Thursday (Wine Sales)
    08:00 – 17:00
    (Bistro Food offering now available)

    My Wyn
    By Appointment only
    Monday – Saturday
    11:00 – 14:00

    Franschhoek Cellar
    Monday -Sunday
    10:00 – 18:00 (Monday – Saturday)
    10:00 – 17:00 (Sunday)
    Wine sales Monday – Thursdays 09:00 – 17:00

    Monday – Sunday
    09:00 – 17:00 (Also serving our small plate offerings as before)

    Monday – Saturday (Wine tastings on request basis only)
    10:00 – 15:00
    People are more than welcome to request their own private wine tasting

    Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons
    Monday – Thursday from 09h00 – 17h00 (Wine Sales)
    Monday – Friday 10h00 – 16h30 and Saturday – Sunday from 10h00 – 16h00 (Wine Tastings)
    Our restaurant will reopen from Thursday 3 September, and will be open each week for lunch from Thursday – Sunday

    Rickety Bridge Winery
    Mondays – Sundays
    09:00 – 17:00
    Sales & deliveries will take place on Mondays – Thursdays and over the weekend

    Mont Rochelle Winery
    Friday – Sunday from 11:00 – 16:00 (Wine Tastings)
    Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 17:00 (Wine Sales)

    Monday – Thursday
    11h00 to 16h00

    Topiary Wines
    Monday – Thursdays including Saturday
    09h00 to 16h00 (Monday – Thursday)
    10h00 to 17h00 (Saturday)

    Anthonij Rupert Tasting room
    Monday to Saturday
    10:00 – 17:00

    Terra del Capo Tasting room
    Tuesday to Sunday
    10:00- 17:00

    Monday – Sunday
    09:30 – 17:30
    (Wine and Game drives by appointment only – 11h00 and 15h00 daily)

    Noble Hill Wine Farm
    Monday – Thursday
    09:00 – 17:00 (Monday – Saturday)
    10:00 – 17:00 (Sunday)

    Holden Manz Wine Estate
    Monday – Sunday
    09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 to 17:00 on Sunday
    Free transport for orders over R2,000 placed on Friday through Sunday

    Old Road Wine & Co.
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 – 17:00

    La Motte
    Tuesday – Sunday
    09:00 – 16:30
    No Wine Sales on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (only wine tasting can be done)

    Leopards Leap Family Vineyard
    Tuesday – Sunday
    09:00 16:30
    No Wine Sales on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (only wine tasting can be done)

    Haut Espoir
    Open by appointment only

    Dieu Donne
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 – 16:30
    We offer Cheese Platters.
    No Cellar Tours until further notice.
    Free national delivery on wine orders over 18 bottles.

    La Bri
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 -17:00 (Monday – Friday)
    10:00 – 16:00 (Saturday – Sunday)
    Limited guest allowed – max 20 guests at a time.
    Special offers only available to visitors to tasting room

    Le Lude
    Tuesday – Sunday
    10:00 – 18:00
    Serving Canapés again also

    Monday’s – Thursday’s
    10:00 to 17:00

    Allee Bleue (Opening on 12 September)
    Monday – Sunday
    09:00 – 17:00
    Cheese Platters available and encourage guests to make bookings

  3. Sommelier Cup Finalists Treated To Some Of Franschhoek’s Finest

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    Last week, on 23 and 25 September, the Franschhoek Wine Valley and Vignerons in particular, had the opportunity to host the semi-finalists competing in this year’s triennial Sommelier Cup competition, presented by Wines of South Africa (WoSA). Representing countries from across the globe the sommeliers spent the day in the valley, enjoying a full day’s itinerary.

    With the primary focus on wine, the group started their Franschhoek experience at La Motte Wine Estate for a tutored tasting presented by some of the Vignerons. The tasting was an opportunity to showcase the diversity of the region’s Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The sommeliers were treated to a range of old and new vintages, which reaffirmed why Franschhoek is regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producing regions.

    After the tutored tasting the group made their way to the NG Church grounds for an informal ‘meet and greet’ and wine tasting with the rest of Franschhoek’s winemakers. The weather played along perfectly creating the ultimate outdoor wine tasting experience for all. An al fresco style lunch followed under the shade of the trees, which allowed for something out of the ordinary yet very welcome.

    Franschhoek was one of the handful of regions selected to host this year’s group. Their visit to the valley was part of an all-expenses paid trip to a Cape Winelands region during their stay. The finalists in this year’s competition represented the Netherlands, Sweden, Kenya, Zimbabwe, USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Greater China, Singapore and Germany. Their visit culminated the announcement of the overall winner, which was announced at a special gala event at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa on 21 September. Richelle van Gemert, from the United Kingdom, was crowned as this year’s winner.

  4. Franschhoek plays host to Sommelier Cup finalists

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    On 23 and 25 September the Franschhoek Wine Valley gets the opportunity to showcase its wide range of stellar wines to the semi-finalists competing in this year’s triennial Sommelier Cup competition, presented by Wines of South Africa (WoSA). Representing countries from across the globe the sommeliers will spend the day in the valley, meeting with the Vignerons, attending a series of tastings and experience our village atmosphere.

    Franschhoek is one of the handful of regions selected to host this year’s group. Their visit to the valley is part of an all-expenses paid trip to a Cape Winelands region during their stay. During these visits they will get the opportunity to attend master classes and tastings with the Franschhoek Vignerons, affording them the chance to be truly immersed into South African wine, food and hospitality.

    La Motte Wine Estate

    Their visit culminates the announcement of the overall winner, which will be announced at a special gala event at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa on 21 September. The finalists have been selected by means of a series of rigorous semi-final rounds in various countries, with a total of 11 finalists selected from around the world. The 11 finalists represent the Netherlands, Sweden, Kenya, Zimbabwe, USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Greater China, Singapore and Germany.

  5. 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

  6. 10 Year Old Wine Awards 2019 winners announced

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    Congratulations to Haut Espoir and La Bri who were amongst the winners announced at the 2019 10 Year Old Wine Awards, which was hosted by 92 entries from 42 producers were received, and the entries were tasted blind, by a three-person panel, with the scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. The judging panel was chaired by Christian Eedes who was joined by Roland Peens and James Pietersen. According to Eedes and his fellow judges they felt that the 2009 vintage was generally considered one of the greatest of the modern era – the 2008 winter was cold and wet facilitating good moisture reserves in the soil while unseasonably cool weather in late December and early January meant a late start to harvest. Fruit came into cellars in superb condition – ripe but with high acidities. These conditions made for the production of award-winning wines, which was the case for Haut Espoir and La Bri, respectively.

    In the Shiraz category, Haut Espoir scored 93 points for its 2009 Shiraz, whilst in the Red Blends category La Bri also scored 93 points for its 2009 Affinity.

    Image by La Bri

    To read more about the awards and to download the full report click on the following link

  7. 2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced

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    The results for the 22nd annual  Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced at a special awards event held at Cavalli Estate, which was attended by key industry role players and media. Included in the list of Top 10 winners were two Franschhoek Vignerons, namely Allée Bleue and Môreson.

    Image courtesy of the Pinotage Association

    Allée Bleue’s Black Series Old Vine 2016 secured a spot on this sought after list, whilst Môreson’s The Widow Maker 2015 joined it’s fellow compatriot on the winner’s podium.

    A total of 161 entries were received for this year’s competition, and the wines were judged by a distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Neil Ellis. Neil was joined on the panel by Samarie Smith, Francois Haasbroek, Nomonde Kubheka and Francois Rautenbach.

    A previous trophy winner of this prestigious competition Môreson The Widow Maker 2015 is best described as a rich and deliciously heavy Pinotage. Characterised by dried prunes, wild cherries, as well as a blend of clove and cinnamon flavours it is tasty enough to be a meal on its own. The wine is a bold-on-fruit wine with well-integrated plum and oak tannins. Smooth and elegant on the palate with a slight mocha bouquet.

    Allée Bleue’s Black Series Old Vine 2016 is best described as a handcrafted wine. The wine is left to mature in the winemaker’s selection of the three best barrels – 70 % new French Oak – and left to mature for 16 month before being bottled. An abundance of berry flavours are prominent in this wine, which are beautifully wrapped in a layer of fine dark chocolate flavours, offset with a hint of liquorice. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with just enough tannin.

    For more information on these award-winning Vignerons visit

  8. Franschhoek Vignerons recognized at Cabernet Franc Challenge

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    The annual Cabernet Franc Challenge recently took place at Avontuur Estate in Stellenbosch which saw Holden Manz and My Wyn were recognized for producing superb wines. Winners were selected for wines of outstanding complexity and elegance.

    A total of 50 entries were received, and the wines were judged by an esteemed panel, which included Christine Rudman, Tinashe Nyamudoka, Samarie Smith, Anita Streicher-Nel and Lizette Tolken.

    The My Wyn Cabernet Franc 2015 made it onto the list of the Top Six Cabernet Francs in South Africa for 2018.

    The Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2013 was chosen at the Best Vintage Wine and they also received a Gold Medal for their Cabernet Franc 2015.

    Chamonix also received Gold for its Cabernet Franc 2015.

    The 2015 vintage has without a doubt proven to be a stellar year for these producers.

    Consumers will get the opportunity to sample the Top Six at the Cabernet Franc Carnival, which takes place at Avontuur Estate on 19 May. The wines will be available for tasting at one of three tutored tastings on the day. For additional info and ticket bookings visit