The beautiful Franschhoek valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands has some breath-taking scenery. Franschhoek is rich in great history dating back to the 1687. It is located a mere forty-five minute drive out from central Cape Town.
The area is renowned for the award-winning wines and best known as the culinary capital of South Africa. There is a number of great restaurants that caters for both fine dining as well as family restaurants. Many of these restaurants are award winning and widely acclaimed both local and international.
Winelands Day Tour
Franschhoek offers an endless number of excursions such as wine tasting, wine and food pairing, chocolate and wine pairing, hiking, visiting museums etc. This could be part of a classic winelands day tour from Cape Town to explore the Cape Winelands. You may also choose to spend a few days staying in one of the beautiful boutique hotels, lodges etc. While exploring the Franschhoek Valley and then on to the rest of the Cape Winelands.
Culinary and Wine Experiences
The historical town of Franschhoek has gained a reputation for its award winning wines. A wine tasting experience in Franschhoek is a very popular excursion. You may choose to go wine wine tasting to any one of the oldest wine farms for a unique wine tasting and pairing experiences.
Accommodation in Franschhoek
It is also the most idyllic area to spend a few days enjoying the beautiful scenery and amazing wine and foodie experiences. There is a wide variety of accommodation options to choose from. If luxury is what excites you there are several beautiful villas and lodges that will spoil you in the most amazing manner. These include the beautiful Mont Rochelle Estate owned by none other than Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Brand.
However, the Franschhoek valley is also known for its hospitable, friendly inhabitants. There are numerous support structures in place that support the people of “The Valley”. I was amazed at the number of initiatives that have been launched to negate some of the huge impact the Coronavirus is having on all the people involved in Agriculture, Viniculture and Tourism as well as all the associated industries. Take a look at Franschhoek: A Valley Of Generosity. It warms my heart and makes me proud to be an African.