Situated just an hour drive from Cape Town, is the French corner of the Cape; Franschhoek.
Nestled in a rich and fertile valley between majestic mountains, the Franschhoek Wine Valley is world-renowned for its award-winning wine, gourmet cuisine, spectacular beauty, French heritage and warm hospitality.
Franschhoek has a history stretching back 300 years. It was originally known as the 'Valley of the Huguenots', as a result of a community of French Huguenots that settled in this valley over three centuries ago. Today many of the wine farms still bear the original French names and the beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, which pays homage to its history.
Set right in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek is home to some of South Africa's oldest and most famous wine estates such as Chamonix, Boschendal, L'Ormarins and Haute Cabriere. Owing to its location, Franschhoek is great for a day trip. Wine tours from Cape Town offer visitors the opportunity to relax and taste a variety of fine wines while enjoying the exquisite surroundings of the Franschhoek Winelands. The scenic setting is also perfect for longer stays.
Franschhoek’s main streets are lined with a wonderful collection of art and antique shops, galleries, African curio shops and coffee shops. Food connoisseurs will also find a delicious choice of award-winning and widely acclaimed restaurants in and around the town.