Franschhoek Wine Valley

The Franschhoek Pass is back in business

After more than two months of being closed due to rockfalls caused by heavy rains, the Franschhoek Pass has been reopened. As of Friday, 6 September visitors wanting to explore the Franschhoek Wine Valley will once again be able to access the valley via the pass. Known for its spectacular views, the pass is also the gateway to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which is a popular attraction for outdoor enthusiasts.

‘Although during the time of the closure we assured visitors that they were still able to access Franschhoek via the Helshoogte Pass from Stellenbosch, we are thrilled that the pass is open again, allowing tourists to experience our many offerings throughout the entire valley. We’d like to thank all authorities and in particular the Department of Transport and Public Works at the Western Cape Government for their effort and dedication in completing the necessary remedial work. Furthermore, thank you to all our visitors for their patience while the pass was closed,’ says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Reinher Behrens.

For any queries contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism office on 021 876 2861 or

Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.


Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.


Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861