Franschhoek: The Heart of South African Food and Wine
Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands, lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine. Here, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.
Spectacular vineyards blanket these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. “Franschhoek” translates to “French corner” and the many guesthouses, street side cafes and award-winning restaurants demonstrate a truly French flair. This is a valley rich in history, centered around a charming village of friendly, welcoming people.
Lying against the backdrop of the majestic Franschhoek and Drakenstein mountains, the town’s picturesque main street showcases antique stores and art galleries rubbing shoulders with bakeries and the chocolaterie. Franschhoek is also home to many festivals, from the annual Bastille Day Festival on July 14th, to cheese, wine and olive festivals at various times throughout the year.
One could easily spend a day or two here strolling the main street, visiting the wine estates and dining at one of its eight ‘Top 100’ restaurants. Imagine sipping South African wine in the land where the grape is grown?
You will visit this storybook hamlet on Day 2 of your Cape Town Tour with us.