Franschhoek Wine Valley

Val De Vie 5 Nations Invitational joins the Annual Polo Calendar

New to the South African Polo calendar the Val de Vie 5 Nations Invitational Polo Classic, made its debut on Saturday 24th March at Val de Vie Estate in true polo style. Serving as the perfect platform for VIP corporate entertainment and as a networking opportunity for businessmen and their wives, this polo tournament proved to be a more relaxed and ‘real’ day out for all to enjoy.

Guests were greeted with delicious Gordon’s Gin cocktails as they walked through the old-school glamour inspired club house venue. The late afternoon fashion show hosted by Jenni Button (womenswear) and Hilton Weiner (menswear) gave an interesting twist on the traditional runway show, models showcased their latest designs via an impressive entrance in five super-car Maserati’s onto the polo field and posed beside the cars giving guests a chance to admire the couture and cars.

This invitational featured some of the top international polo players from 5 various countries and each team was sponsored by top brands, namely Nikon Great Britain, iClyps Holland, Hästens Pakistan, Absa Wealth Zimbabwe and Carrol Boyes South Africa. This 6 goal tournament kicked off on the 17th March with a total of 12 matches being played throughout the week. Absa Wealth Zimbabwe and iClyps Holland fought it out for 3rd and 4th place in the ‘Plate-Final’. The Carrol Boyes South African team took on the Nikon Great Britain team for the winning trophy in the final and after both teams played their hearts out, South Africa walked away with the title. Tom de Bruin was the star player for South Africa during the tournament.

After the polo VIP’s, socialites and corporates enjoyed a modern swing band which served as the entertainment for the evening. Brandy and chocolate tastings were on offer and guests were treated to delicious food and wine pairings throughout the event.

A relaxed afternoon in the Winelands with a great game of polo, good company and the most beautiful sunset proved to be the perfect way to end off the day.

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.


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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