Franschhoek is one of South Africa’s most charming towns, nestled in a picturesque valley surrounded by vineyards and towering mountains. The town is conveniently located one hour’s drive from Cape Town International Airport.
Franschhoek, or “The French Corner”, is a true melting pot of cultures. The town was established in the late 1600s by a group of French Huguenots that had fled France after King Louis the XIV outlawed Protestantism. Bringing the fine art of winemaking with them to the Cape, the Huguenots helped to establish what is now a thriving wine industry in South Africa.
Today elements of African, French, Dutch and English cultures are still apparent in this characterful town, which produces some of the country’s finest wines and has become world renowned for its eateries. The town also boasts a variety of artisanal boutiques, upmarket clothing stores and craft breweries.
Surrounded by the Groot Drakenstein and Klein Drakenstein mountain ranges in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, the town draws outdoor enthusiasts to explore its nearby nature reserves, hiking and mountain biking trails.
Explore the famous Franschhoek Food and Wine Route through the use of this interactive map: