Sip on a glass of history, on these Franschhoek Wine Farms
As you enter this picturesque town, you will notice that many of the Franschhoek wine farms still bear their original French names, some even complete with a stunning, historical Cape Dutch homestead still on the land. The soaring oaks and undulating vineyards are home to a wide selection of cellars, from charming boutique wineries catering for those who want to taste something completely unique, to the larger, more commercial cellars that offer organised tours and tastings.
The fecund soil of these wine farms is home to some of South Africa’s most noble and renowned cultivars, which range from exceptional whites, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the robust reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. These same wine farms also produce outstanding Méthode Cap Classiques, which can be sipped upon in the splendour of the newly-introduced Franschhoek MCC Route.
The Franschhoek district is known as the “gourmet capital” of the Cape, and has maintained its quirky French Huguenot character. The valley is one of the many exciting Cape Town attractions, and lies to the southeast of Paarl. It is enclosed on three sides by imposing mountains known as the Groot Drakenstein and Franschhoek mountains which meet at the top of the valley, and the Klein Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains which are found further down, towards Paarl. The wine farms lie in lush natural surroundings, and with the surrounding breath-taking mountains, the entire town has a magical feeling of being separate from the reality of the outside world.
Experience one of the most sought-after Cape Town attractions.
On one of our excellent private wine tours of Cape Town, namely of the exquisite Franschhoek wine farms, visitors will be able to experience the gorgeous scenery of the area, including the pristine streams flowing from the higher peaks down to the valley floor where they converge to form the Berg River. This gurgling body of water is fast-flowing when wintery snow caps cover the peaks and is a much smaller trickle in the summer, fed by the Wemmershoek Dam.
Franschhoek restaurants and restaurateurs take food very seriously. The title of Gourmet Capital of South Africa is not given lightly, as the area is filled with prize winning, innovative restaurants breathing new life into classic dishes and inventing new favourites. The eateries both on and surrounding the local wine farms are outstanding Cape Town attractions, and the chefs therein believe that food is not simply meant to nourish, but is meant to transport you to another world.
Our private wine tours in Cape Town allow guests to experience the gourmand delights in Franschhoek (at their own cost), as well as explore various wine and food pairings, if they should so desire. As with an exceptional glass of wine, when one has eaten a particularly delightful dish, one should remember it, yearn for it, for hours – even days – to come. Franschhoek offers more than just a wonderful wine route, but also 36 restaurants, four South African chefs who proudly claim 5 stars and cuisine that will make you fall in love with food.
The Franschhoek Wine Route is open year-round, and our private wine tours of Cape Town wineries offer exciting optional extras to guests at reasonable rates, such as Cap Classique tastings, chocolate making courses, cooking classes, olive oil tastings and other exciting outdoor activities. The wine farms on the Franschhoek Wine Route have a comprehensive map available to visitors, and this innovative initiative has transformed this gorgeous wine-soaked town from simply being one of the many Cape Town attractions popular with tourists, to the gourmet and lifestyle destination of the Western Cape.