The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel is set back behind a dappled courtyard of cafes, galleries and boutique shops in the heart of Franschhoek’s Main Street.
Each of its 12 individually-styled rooms offers a luxurious space to relax after a day of wine-tasting and shopping in Franschhoek and surrounds.
An hour’s drive from Cape Town, the historic town of Franschhoek is known as the Food and Wine Capital of South Africa, offering a number of internationally renowned restaurants and wine farms.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history.
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in a vintage style railway tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour.
The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is part of the UNESCO declared Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. Situated in the Franschhoek Mountains, the reserve offers spectacular views of the Franschhoek Valley, diverse plant life and over 30km of safe, well-maintained hiking trails (ranging from 2 hour walks to day hikes).
You can buy permits online at webtickets, at the entrance to the reserve or at select outlets in Franschhoek.
The Franschhoek Valley with its age-old oaks and rolling vineyards is known for its large array of cellars, from smaller boutique wineries to bigger cellars that offer visitors organised tours and tastings.
Home to some of the country’s most loved cultivars and classic styles, these range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Some of South Africa’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques are produced here, and can be enjoyed during a trip along the Franschhoek MCC Route.
The wines made by the Vignerons de Franschhoek can be tasted, paired with wonderful food available from Franschhoek’s restaurants, many of which are found on the wine estates.