A trip to Cape Town would not be complete without visiting Franschhoek Wine Valley. I decided to visit Franschhoek, South Africa the prettiest town in the Winelands for five days. Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with spectacular wine vineyards with a Dutch architecture influence.
I decided to stay at the beautiful Franschhoek Country House & Villas situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, and surrounded on all sides of towering mountains one mile from the main town. This would be an ideal base for me to indulge some of the many things to do in Franschhoek. Finding the delicious fine wine near me and tasting incredible Franschhoek cuisine was a must as the town is known as South Africa’s food and wine capitol.
Franschhoek, South Africa was a former perfumery, and the original 1890 manor house had been carefully renovated using Provençal influences. The house has over 20 rooms, cottages and villas. Some of the rooms are located in the main manor house and some located throughout the hotel’s immaculate landscape gardens. My Franschhoek Country House and Villas suite had a large private balcony with Mountain View’s and was decorated in a Provençal style. Complimentary wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, and air-conditioning was available in my comfortable room.
Early morning cup of tea on the balcony before breakfast is always a great way to start the day in Franschhoek. The Franschhoek Country House and Villas Monneaux restaurant offers fine wines and à la carte dining if you do not want to go into town. If you’re looking for things to do in Franschhoek, you can go into town and do a wine tour. The Franschhoek Country House and Villas offers a free shuttle service between 8am and 11pm, or you can rent a bicycle. Franschhoek offers a wide selection of boutique shops, galleries and restaurants.
One of the charms of a Franschhoek, South Africa vacation is experiencing the Franschhoek Wine Tram. I went into town and purchased my Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket. The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers eight hop-on, hop-off lines to choose from each visiting a selection of wine estates showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley. I decided the Green line was for me. The cost was R240 (approximately $16) and it offered eight different wineries for wine tasting. Aboard the tram the conductor gave an excellent narration of Franschhoek history and specific viticulture (wine cultivation) in the valley. Riding through the trails of flowers you could not help but enjoy the added aroma of lavender around you. Each winery was unique and offered different wine tastings and some offered cheese and chocolate tasting. At all the wineries I was able to buy wine and leave it with the driver of the tram. Each bottle of wine was marked with a sticker and I was given a corresponding sticker that I would hand in when collecting the wine at the ticket office at the end of the tour. Remember to have a bottle of water with you for the adventure.
The Best Franschhoek Wineries To Visit
- Grande Provence
- Rickety Bridge Winery
- La Bri Estate
- Holden Manz Wine Estate
- La Bourgogne Farm
- Glenwood Vineyards
- La Couronne Wine Estate
A stroll to The Franschhoek Village Market a fresh food, art and craft market that is held every Saturday is a must thing to do in Franschhoek. The market offers a selection of fresh produce, delicatessen, craft beers, coffee brewers and many other treats. If you enjoy local markets it is a good time to shop for unique crafts, art, vintage clothing and antiques.
Franschhoek has some of oldest wine estates in South Africa to visit. It is a wine lover’s dream. It is definitely one of the best things to do in Franschhoek, South Africa. If you’re interested in visiting Franschhoek, South Africa, we have a great Wilderness & Winelands tour that you can book. Feel free to contact us about traveling to Franschhoek, South Africa.