Embrace the Christmas spirit by singing along to carols by candlelight on Christmas Eve before tucking into a sumptuous dinner. The Restaurant at Grande Provence offers guests a lavish six-course festive menu on Christmas Day. To welcome in 2020, a luxurious New Year’s Eve six-course dinner will sustain you till the magic hour.
The Franschhoek Wine Valley certainly packs a punch when it comes to tourism service delivery. Not only is the region regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producing areas as well as SA’s Culinary Capital, but tourism is also key in their continued efforts to stay ahead of the game and strive for what they believe in.
The passion and dedication of some of Franschhoek’s members were recently recognized at two leading industry events, reaffirming the valley as one of the country’s leading tourism destinations.
Celebrate Garden Day with us at beautiful Boshendal!
When : 20 October 2019
Time : 10h00 - 14h00
Where : Boschendal
With various ways to interact, learn, eat and play on our 11 acres of organically grown gardens, this will be a fun day out for the whole family. A number of experts from across SA will be joining us in the garden explaining practices such as seed saving, pruning, composting and general plant care. Learn how to create flower crowns and Christmas garlands, mix your own botanical infused cocktails and taste our delicious farm-fresh produce.
Kids will be entertained by our Tree House team with raised bed learning, bird feeder design and scavenger hunts.
We have invited like-minded suppliers to showcase their plant-based products, offering the chance to purchase fynbos, roses, seeds, books and organic/biological products to use at home. Entry to the garden is free, collect your map from the welcome station which will detail the location of all the activities.
Make a weekend of your Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival experience and book into one of the valley’s splendid accommodation establishments, ranging from the finest bed and breakfasts, to luxurious boutique hotels, all nestled in a picturesque and safe environment. This should also afford you ample time for a leisurely stroll down the main road, uncovering world-class shops and boutiques, allowing for an intimate and relaxed shopping expedition. Take time out to visit some of the award-winning wine farms in the region or enjoy that superb glass of Franschhoek wine with a delicious meal at one of Franschhoek’s fine dining establishments.
Set within 3,5 hectares (8 acres) of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit during the days when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia. But we also link back to the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon. Those were thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth.
With the changing of the seasons the warmer weather is a welcome relief. Perfect for exploring one of South Africa’s premier lifestyle destinations, namely the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Home to award-winning wines, internationally acclaimed restaurants, exquisite art as well as an array of cultural and outdoor offerings. This October make the most of your visit as it coincides with Art Franschhoek, Franschhoek Open Gardens and the Classic Music Festival.
On 23 and 25 September the Franschhoek Wine Valley gets the opportunity to showcase its wide range of stellar wines to the semi-finalists competing in this year’s triennial Sommelier Cup competition, presented by Wines of South Africa (WoSA). Representing countries from across the globe the sommeliers will spend the day in the valley, meeting with the Vignerons, attending a series of tastings and experience our village atmosphere.
Franschhoek is one of the handful of regions selected to host this year’s group. Their visit to the valley is part of an all-expenses paid trip to a Cape Winelands region during their stay. During these visits they will get the opportunity to attend master classes and tastings with the Franschhoek Vignerons, affording them the chance to be truly immersed into South African wine, food and hospitality.
Since its inception in 2002 female agri worker participants have increased significantly, which has resulted in 13 women moving forward to the next round. At total of 43 finalists from Franschhoek were selected. Another noticeable factor was the women’s level of knowledge and passion for their respective responsibilities, which impressed the panel of judges.
By including female finalists at this level of recognition undoubtedly showcases the strength of women and their unseen contributions towards agriculture in the Western Cape.
The women have been selected as finalists in the following categories:
The winners in the respective categories will be announced at a special event on 23 September 2019 at Môreson Wine Farm.
This year’s Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards saw a staggering 328 wines entered for the 2019 competition, with the results of these announced at a special awards ceremony on 1 August.Judged by a panel of highly esteemed industry role players, , the Franschhoek Wine Valley excelled in the district winners category, scooping 16 awards handed out on the day.
Not only does August symbolize Winter drawing to an end, it’s also a month of great importance to South African women. On 9 August we celebrate National Women’s Day, which commemorates a significant day in our country’s history. In 1956 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s controversial pass laws, and in 1994 the first National Women’s Day was celebrated to remember this day and pay tribute to the courageous women who fought for freedom. Here in the valley we are proud of the remarkable women who call Franschhoek home. They represent the various sectors in the valley – from wine, accommodation, retail and restaurant – and we greatly appreciate their efforts.