Franschhoek Wine Valley

Wine Triumphs Amidst Uncertain Times

As we face challenging times and what feels like an endless dark tunnel, every now and then a good news story peaks out from behind the dark clouds and leaves us with hope. With news emerging recently that wine producers are allowed to export there is further cause for celebration in that some of our Vignerons have excelled on the competition front recently.

Earlier this week the 2020 Cabernet Franc Challenge results were announced which saw My Wyn being awarded the vintage winner for its Cabernet Franc 2012. A total of 52 entries were received for this year’s competition, and the judging panel was made up of Christine Rudman, Lizette Tolken, Greg Mutambe, Fiona McDonald and Malu Lambert.  

Jacoline Haasbroek, My Wyn

This week seemed to be a hive of industry competition news with the Top 10 winners announced in the inaugural Cap Classique Report, which is sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient. There were 50 entries received from 27 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Babylonstoren secured two spots on the prestigious list with two vintages of its Sprankel in the Top 10, these being the 2014 and 2015 releases.

Babylonstoren Sprankel

Another report published was the Top 10 winners for Sweet Wine & Fortified, also sponsored by Prescient, which saw GlenWood Vineyards securing a spot on the list for their Noblesse 2017 Grand Duc Noble Late Harvest. The scoring was also done according to the 100-point quality scale. A sweet victory indeed.

Noblesse 2017 Grand Duc Noble Late Harvest

The judging panel for both reports were chaired by editor, Christian Eedes, who was joined by industry heavyweights Roland Peens and James Pietersen.

These results once again showcase Franschhoek’s diverse wine offering.

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