Franschhoek Winery Region, Cape Town
Franschhoek is a winery region about an hour drive from Cape Town. In addition to wineries and vineyards, the picturesque (picture lush greenery, blue skies and enormous mountains) region features cozy bed and breakfasts, luxury hotels, quaint inns and guest homes, fine dining, famous restaurants, spas and much more. Tour the wineries, or enjoy the charming town-area itself. A great romantic getaway.
We stayed at the Franschhoek Inn, which was a steal at $100 (US) a night. What a great deal! The inn was enchanting: new, clean, and with one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The bathroom was large with a big bath tub and a separate shower.
Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and our top chefs create international cuisine.
So if you wanna do abit of wine tasting and have a great meal after that , this is your place to be.
Spend some time around Stellenbosch and go to a winery or two. The wines are simply WONDERFUL. Plus the scenery...well, I can't say enough about that. We visited Rust en Vrede (twice...before and after the safari because we KNEW we wanted to buy some of their heavenly product!) and Clos Malevern outside of Stellenbosch. In Franschhoek we picked up a wonderful chicken and mushroom pie as well as a sausage in pastry for lunch at a "deli-restaurant" appropriately named Delicious. Then we stopped at a winery recommended by Neville, our host at the Avenues, L'Ormarins. WOW This was also a fabulous place with great wines. We bought a couple to take home (including their yummy port) and a Sangeovese to have with our lunch on their delightful patio by the pool.
Franschhoek was established in 1685 by French Huguenots who came to South Africa for religious freedom and the promise of free land from the Dutch government. Under this scheme it was hoped that the transplanted Frenchmen would bring wine making and fruit cultivation skills to the Cape Colony. The thriving town of Franschhoek which today has many quaint streets, restaurants, cafes, and wineries shows that this project was a fantastic success.
Beautiful Franschhoek is probably South Africa's most scenic wine town situated in a valley and surrounded by vineyards. In addition to its location Franschhoek is an extremely pleasant town with nice architecture, cafés and a huge selection of fancy restaurants both in the town itself as well as in some of the historic estates in the surrounding countryside.
There are numerous wine tours in Cape Town (they generally arranged by districts), but Franschhoek is my vavourite. The quaint village has many antique, decor and book shops and wonderful restaurants. The vienyards are mostly top class and the valley is just so beautiful.