Franschhoek Wine Valley

Vive Le Franschhoek

Continuing to embrace our new normal has also included hosting our annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, but in an entirely different format. Instead of the traditional festival we started on 1 July by taking viewers on a virtual journey through the valley. Each day we revealed a new Franschhoek experienced linked with amazing deals from some of our members. This week we continue our journey, which concludes with a jam packed day of Bastille Festival inspired events on Saturday, 11 July. Kickstart the day with a short lesson in French and end the day with a live music show. For a full line up of this week’s  programme visit, and don’t forget to check out the offers. The perfect opportunity to book that much needed getaway or restock your cellar.

La Motte celebrating this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival

Although a cold front is predicted towards the end of this week, should it for any reason bypass the Cape and bless us with perfect Winter weather, why not venture to the valley to soak up some of the Bastille spirit. Most of our restaurants have resumed trading allowing you to stop in for a delicious meal. Or simply take a leisurely stroll down Main Road, taking in the red, white and blue as we embrace our French heritage. 

After almost four months of not being able to operate The Franschhoek Theatre is back and can’t wait to welcome visitors back for their weekly movie screenings. According to the relaxed regulations under Level 3 cinemas have been allowed to resume business. Their screenings resumed on 1 July and to ensure that the regulations are adhered only 20 people are allowed at a time. Not the end of the world as this allows for that ultimate in private movie experience.

Attention aspiring chefs and foodies. Join Chef Shirley Guy in her kitchen for a live streamed Baking Master Class, which is in support of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy. Perfectly suited to all levels of baking, the recipes in each of these classes are guaranteed to inspire you. Muso Carol Thorns, South Africa’s leading electric cellist, will welcome you with a streamed performance, adding extra excitement to each class. Although the first class took place on 4 July there are still two classes left, namely the 11th and 18th of July, and start at 12pm. Registration for each class is R300 and all funds raised will go towards purchasing a refrigerator and freezer for the new training kitchen as well as data for online learning. Find out more… 

Chef Shirley Guy

During these times of uncertainty the team at Together Franschhoek continues to shine a light on those who need it most. To date they have processed 92 935kg of food and fruit, 63 800 hours have been clocked by an amazing team of volunteers, a total of 19 handwashing systems have been set up in and around Franschhoek, as 14 community soup kitchens operate around the clock on a daily basis. The generous donations received have helped to feed approximately 2 000 people on a daily basis.

Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

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