Franschhoek Wine Route

Franschhoek is just 50 minutes’ drive from Cape Town and the heart of one of the oldest and most beautiful wine routes in the Cape

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Franschhoek Wine Route

Franschhoek is just 50 minutes’ drive from Cape Town and the heart of one of the oldest and most beautiful wine routes in the Cape. Just half an hour’s drive from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and the Somerset West wine routes, Franschhoek is also part of the Four Passes Fruit Route.

Where? Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

When? See individual wine estates for their opening times

Overnight? See Franschhoek accommodation, in Cape Winelands

The Valley of the Huguenots, as Franschhoek is also known, became home to a community of French Huguenots who fled their country from religious persecution. They soon recognised that this valley had very similar weather to the wine growing regions in France.

Today, over 300 years later, this tradition continues and the valley produces all the classic styles and noble cultivars - from whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc through to the reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Over 30 wine cellars produce some of the country’s top wines.

The valley has just launched a Cap Classique route that includes nine cellars, within a distance of 4 km, in a combined marketing initiative. The sparkling wine tour includes teaching visitors about the methods of making Cap Classique in a unique attempt to add value to wine consumption. The long restaurant row on Huguenot Street in Franschhoek list Franschhoek wines on their menus.

For additional information about Franschhoek, attractions, things to do and events and festivals see Franschhoek Information & Attractions or, to view the individual wine estates on the this Wine Route, see Franschhoek Wine Estates.

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Franschhoek Wine Estates


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Franschhoek Pass


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Did you know?

There are 100 000 hectares under vine across South Africa, 56% of this is white wine, 44% is red.

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