Winelands of Franschhoek
Cape Winelands in Style

This mountain-ringed valley’s celebrated French character comes from the Huguenots, refugee French Protestants who settled here during the 17th-century Cape Dutch colonial period, bringing a strong wine culture with them.

A Culture of Food and Wine

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The Franschhoek Valley’s vineyards and wineries are set in an amphitheatre of mountains.

Today it is a buzzy, sophisticated, multi-cultural hotspot for growing and making fine wine and food, with more eateries per square metre than anywhere else in the country.

Its modern vintners, the Vignerons de Franschhoek, are chasing wine quality by moving vines off the warm, sandy valley floor up onto the cooler slopes of the surrounding Groot and Klein Drakenstein and Franschhoek mountains.

And at the dawn of the new millennium, archaeological diggings added a fascinating, forward-looking and socio-economically important new dimension to the rich local history and culture.

By Wendy Toerien


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