Franschhoek Winelands

The Franschhoek valley is a broad vineyard-lined valley in the south-east corner of Paarl, in South Africa’s Western Cape. The small valley has been producing wine since the 17th century, when exiled French Huguenots brought their viticultural practices to their new home in South Africa.

Franschhoek boasts some of SA’s ‘top 100’ restaurants and has become known as the Country’s Culinary Capital, providing visitors with an unforgettable dining experience. There are more award-winning restaurants concentrated in this small town than all of South Africa. The town is also home to the legendary Franschhoek Bastille Festival, the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival as well as its food and wine route. The galleries and shops in the quaint main street provides hours of interesting browsing and shopping.

Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are the key grape varieties in this region, and make for full-bodied red wines. The region is associated to producing Cap Classique sparkling wine produced mainly form Chardonnay- Pinot Noir blends.

KEY FACTS
Area: Valley in the south-east corner of Paarl
Varieties: Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon
Known for: Wellknow producers of Cap Classique sparkling wine
THE REGION
Area: Valley is a broad vineyard-lined
Varieties: Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon
Known for: Boasts some of SA’s ‘top 100’ restaurants
WINERIES
Grande Provence