Reasons to Add the Franschhoek Wine Region to Your Cape Town Itinerary
Planning a Cape Town itinerary means together with slightly little bit of every thing – seaside, mountains, metropolis life, and, in fact, wine. This publish is all about the wine…the Franschhoek wine area particularly.
If you need to expertise the better of the lovely Cape Winelands, ensure to embody a go to to the Franschhoek wine district.
Why the Franschhoek wine area?
Boasting an enormous 20+ wineries, Franschhoek is famend for its ever standard wine tram excursions, beautiful meals and five star accommodation.
The relaxed nature of the city, gorgeous surroundings and gradual place make this the excellent enjoyable break, metropolis escape or incredible day journey.
Franschhoek has an enormous French affect, with the title which means the ‘French corner’ in Afrikaans.
Where is Franschhoek?
This unbelievable vacation spot is situated 60 kilometres outdoors the hustle and bustle of the Cape Town metropolis and 30km to the ever standard wine district of Stellenbosch (right here’s a number of things to do in Stellenbosch). The city lies between the Franschhoek Valley and the Wemmershoek Mountains.
Join a Franschhoek wine tram tour
This is the primary attraction in Franschhoek, with trams overlaying 8 tram strains and eight to 10 stops on every line (you may keep aboard and skip some stops if you want). Tram instances run each hour permitting some wine tasting, meals and a go searching earlier than heading off to your subsequent vacation spot. Be conscious although, the final tram runs at 4pm, so if you happen to settle in to a vineyard for a number of hours be certain to hold one eye in your watch or it could possibly be a protracted stroll.
Two wine stops you have to make
Set on the facet of the hills with views of the gorgeous Franschhoek mountain vary and neighboring Stellenbosch, Dieu Donne provides a way of freedom and a world away from every thing.
Top Tip: This is the greatest place in Franschhoek to see the sundown.
Eikehof is a smaller, extra household oriented vineyard and you actually get a way of what it’d really feel like to develop up immersed on this world. The household shared some nice tales corresponding to the historical past of the 1940’s Ford on show – which belonged to the proprietor’s grandfather who used it to plough the fields again in the day. Such intimate tales shared by the house owners added to the heat expertise we had right here.
Food in Franschhoek
Franschhoek is thought unofficially as the culinary capital of South Africa. It boasts first-class superb eating, whereas nonetheless making a relaxed aura and really feel that’s Franschhoek.
Our favorite restaurant in Franschhoek
For us it has to be the Monneaux restaurant, a restaurant set with a relaxed but intimate surroundings. With three rooms and the circulate of a home, this actually set a scene of consolation. This definitely was an surroundings we may really feel comfy in whereas nonetheless appreciating all the formalities and professionalism of a prime finish superb eating restaurant.
The meals prides itself on regionally sourced suppliers and artisans, seasonal menus and ease with a view of not over complicating issues.
We loved a small plates tasting menu attempting 4 dishes and dessert. This is the means we like to eat getting many alternative flavours and textures. Presentation is incredible and each dish was properly executed.
Where to keep in Franschhoek
We stayed at the Franschhoek Country House and Villas a brief 10 minute stroll from the heart of Franschhoek. 5 star lodging at it’s most interesting. With complimentary champagne on arrival and an important breakfast of freshly cooked dishes, fruits, pastries, meats and cheeses laid out every morning.
Get poolside and luxuriate in some solar with poolside eating and cocktails, the contemporary views of the mountains and the quaint passing wine tram.
The resort additionally has an onsite spa with many many choices of packages to unwind and rejuvenate.
5 Other Things To Do In Franschhoek
Staying for a number of days? Here is 5 different nice issues to do in Franschhoek.
1. Franschhoek Motor Museum
With over 100 years of historical past and over 200 automobiles the Franschhoek motor museum is a should for any automobile fanatic.
2. Franschhoek Pass
The Franschhoek move takes you into the mountains with gorgeous drives and views you can solely think about exist.
3. First South African Perfume Museum
Franshhoek was as soon as a budding fragrance district with a complete host of perfumeries. At the museum you could find out all about the historical past behind this business on this space.
Just a little truth the restaurant we ate in the, Monneaux was really house to one in all the first Perfumeries in Franschhoek.
4. Soul Barrell Brewing
If you’re all wined out and fancy a change, then look no additional than Soul Barrel Brewing. A number of unbiased craft beers with taproom and excursions obtainable.
5. Hike Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Mont Rochelle is a Unesco World Heritage Site located simply outdoors Franschhoek. With over 30 kms of mountaineering trails and can also be house additionally to Richard Branson’s gorgeous resort and winery.
If this doesn’t get you excited for some down time I’m undecided what is going to. We recommend going to unwind, decelerate the tempo and take all of it in your stride.
An excellent three or 4 days can be an acceptable journey, sufficient time to calm down however sufficient time to tick a number of journeys off.
Placing this on a Cape Town journey is simply excellent with the busy nature of Cape Town and a lot to do, Franschhoek is only a excellent means to finish.