Franschhoek Wine Valley

Franschhoek still welcomes visitors in spite of the current drought

Franschhoek still welcomes visitors in spite of the current drought, with tourists flocking to the valley ready to discover all that it has to offer. However, as beautiful as the region is, the Western Cape of which we’re part of, is experiencing a significant drought. As of 1 February the Stellenbosch Municipality will implement Level 6 water restrictions. Residents and visitors will be restricted to 87 litres of water per person per day until further notice. The City of Cape Town has moved to level 6B and is restricting their residents to 50 litres per day. Stellenbosch Municipality may decide to increase restrictions to level 6B at a later date.

The below average rainfall over a number of years has forced everyone to rethink their water usage behaviors. Responsible consumption of water is the new normal. Some parts of the tourism and hospitality industry have proactively adjusted how they utilize water to reduce their consumption – giving guests peace of mind that every drop counts.

Herewith some frequently asked questions to address any concerns you may have:

If tourists visit Franschhoek  will there be enough water?

There is adequate water for tourists and residents’ essential daily needs such as washing, using the toilet, and other daily hygiene. At present water restrictions are in place in the Franschhoek Wine Valley and surrounds, and residents and tourists are requested to adhere to them.

Will tourists be able to bath, shower or use a swimming pool?

At present, tourists and residents will be able to shower and maintain daily hygiene. Mandated guidelines suggest a shower of no longer than two minutes. The use of baths is entirely discouraged. Some swimming pools at hotels have been converted to salt (ocean) water.  The majority of tourism establishments have put in place measures to ensure their water usage is reduced, and many have developed plans for alternative supplies.

Will restaurants and bars still be in operation?

Many parts of the hospitality industry have proactively implemented water savings and water augmentation solutions to ensure ongoing availability of water in their establishments. Restaurants and bars are not currently negatively influenced but must still comply with water restrictions.

Are emergency services still able to function effectively?

Yes. All critical emergency services (hospitals, clinics, police services) will continue to function.

We urge all residents and businesses to give their full cooperation in helping to save the precious resource. Cooperation is critical, and every person must take up the challenge to save and recycle water wherever possible.  Water will remain very scarce and there will be no room for any waste or exceeding the water restrictions.

Let us join hands and together face this difficult situation. Working together we can overcome this challenge.

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