Nestled in the stunning landscape of South Africa’s Western Cape, Franschhoek boasts centuries-old vineyards, hiking trails, fine wines, and food and timeless architecture. The Franschhoek Valley is no doubt, the food and wine heartland of the country, where delicious wines are grown and top chefs concoct tantalizing international cuisine.
Enjoy the Biking Trails
The breathtaking mountains surrounding the Berg River dam in Franschhoek offers enticing biking trails for those of all levels. Here you can discover miles of tracks and single tracks meandering through gorgeous routes. Don’t forget to reach the lookout points for wonderful views overlooking the Franschhoek Valley and ocean.
Table Mountain is also present in the distance. Bird lovers take note. there is an abundance of birdlife to entertain you for hours.
Taste the Wines
You must spend time in the wineries of this region. You will easily find a plethora of cellars, all offering visitors something truly unique. The Franschhoek Wine Valley calls itself home to some of South Africa’s notable and classic wines. Connoisseurs can choose from delectable whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. A tour around the wineries of the region is a great day activity for a couple or family.
Immerse Yourself in History
The wines from the Franschhoek region can be tasted and even paired with delicious food available from an array of Franschhoek’s restaurants, many of which are found on the wine estates.
Grab a ride on the Wine Tram as it winds its way across the valley visiting the different estates. If you are a fan of history, some of the historic estates have colorful histories and have been around for centuries.