Franschhoek Wine Valley

Wining and dining at Haute Cabrière

When it comes to alfresco dining, it’s hard to beat Haute Cabrière’s spectacular outdoor setting and its breath-taking views of the Franschhoek valley. But even when it’s cold outside, the cavernous restaurant (carved into a mountain range) is an ideal place to cosy up with some good food.

Photo courtesy of Haute Cabriere

Chef Ryan Shell’s season menu changes throughout the year (and according to what’s available from the veggie garden). For example, our lunch offered a light roasted pepper and tomato soup with origanum crème fraiche for starters; a juicy herb crusted lamb neck, melanzane fondant potato, crispy pea salad for mains; and a rich frozen rose and raspberry meringue, strawberry sorbet, berry coulis and lemon chocolate chiffon cake for dessert.

You can have each dish as a starter or main, which gives you a chance to pair them with whatever wines you like. But as hard as it was for our group to decide if the elegant Pierre Jourdan Tranquille paired better than the popular Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir, everyone loved that the low alcohol content (and price point) made the range accessible.

Photo courtesy of Haute Cabriere

“There is no right or wrong way to enjoy wine,” said cellar master Takuan von Arnim, pointing out that the sweet, fortified Pierre Jourdan Ratafia can work with scallops, escargot, fondant, and cheese. “Having lots of different cultures and South African dishes means there are lots of opportunities to play. But if you can’t drink a bucket of your own wine, don’t bother bottling it.”

Photo courtesy of Haute Cabriere

Haute Cabrière is on Franschhoek Pass (Lambrecht Street) in Franschhoek. Call 021 876 3688, email, or go to

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



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