Franschhoek Food and Wine Route, Cape Winelands
The Franschhoek Food and Wine Route has been carefully laid out to give the visitor, especially the foodies and wine aficionados, a top class experience of wine pairing, estate tastings, gourmet treats, chocolate making, cookery classes and demonstrations, olive oil tastings and stop overs.
Additionally, the route has on offer a number of experiences that can be booked. To get a copy of the route map, bookings and hiking permits visit the Franschhoek Tourist Information Office in the Main Street – 021 876 4042. See the map on-line. The listings could change, so check the latest on the map.
The wine estates on the new Franschhoek Wine Valley Food & Wine Route
Akkerdal, Allèe Bleue, Anthonij Rupert Wines (L’Ormarins and Protea brands, and home of the outstanding Motor Museum), Backsberg, Boekenhoutskloof, Boschendal Wines, Chamonix, Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne, Dieu Donnè Vineyards, Franschhoek Cellar, Glenwood, Graham Beck Franschhoek, Grande Provence Estate, Haute Cabriere (with Pierre Jourdan sparkling wines), Holden Manz (previously Klein Genot), La Bri, La Chataigne, La Motte (with Pierneef art gallery), La Petite Dauphine, La Petite Ferme, La Manoir de Brendel, Leopard’s Leap, Lynx Wines, Maison, Mont Rochelle, Moreson, My Wyn, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Rickety Bridge, Solms-Delta (with interesting slave museum), Stony Brook, Topiary Wines (newest Platter 5-star sparkling wine in Franschhoek), Val de Vie, and Vrede & Lust. These wine estates can be visited without appointment.
Those estates for which one must book a winetasting are Eikehof, Franschhoek Pass Winery (Morena sparkling wine), Haut Espoir, La Bourgogne, La Roche estate, La Vigne, Landau du Val, Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons and Von Ortloff. Bellingham Wines, Klein Dauphine, La Chaumière and Veraison Vineyards are not open to the public at all, but their wines can be bought at the highly regarded Franschhoek wine shop La Cotte Inn on the main road in the village.
The restaurants on the new Franschhoek Wine Valley Food & Wine Route
The Franschhoek restaurants and food outlets on the Food & Wine Route are Allora, Babel at Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Boschendal Restaurant, Boschendal Le Café and Boschendal Le Pique-Nique, Bread & Wine, Café Allèe Bleue, Cafè BonBon, Col’Cacchio Pizzeria, Cosecha Restaurant at Noble Hill, Dalewood Fromage (but not open to the public), Dieu Donnè Restaurant, Dutch East, Elephant & Barrel, Essence, Fizz Affair Champagne Lounge, Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz, Freedom Hill Restaurant, Fyndraai Restaurant at Solms-Delta, The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Haute Cabrière, Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Kalfi’s, Fromages de France (La Cotte Inn), Le Bon Vivant, Dish @ Le Franschhoek, Le Verger The Orchard Restaurant (Le Franschhoek Hotel), L’Ermitage Restaurant, Mon Plaisir at Chamonix, Mange Tout, Monneaux, Rickety Bridge, Reuben’s, Ryan’s Kitchen, The Common Room, The Country Kitchen, The French Connection, The Grill Room, The Jam Jar, The Polo Club Restaurant (at La Vie) and The Tasting Room. Other restaurants not yet on the map are Café Benedict, BICCCS, Chez D’Or, Crepe & Cidre, Café des Arts and the new Le Coq.
Other interesting foodie outlets
Also available are vegetables, breads and chocolates at the Farm Shop at Pierneef à La Motte; salmon products and breads at the Salmon Bar; the Mediterranean delicacies at The Olive Shack; wonderful freshly baked whole wheat bread at Grande Provence; breads and sweet treats at Café BonBon and Café Benedict; olive oils and balsamic vinegar at Allèe Bleue; heavenly chocolates as well as breads at Café Le Chocolatier; Truckles cheeses at Franschhoek Cellar; and a selection of home-made pies, preserves, dips, cold meats and breads at the new Franschhoek Food Emporium. There is a fortnightly Farmers’ Market at Holden Manz and the Franschhoek Village Market held every Saturday morning in the heart of the village on the grounds of the NG Kerk.
The Franschhoek Food & Wine Route experiences
All prices subject to change
Solms-Delta Cape Music Tour, teaching participants about “Cape rural and vernacular music”. R 50 (minimum of 6 persons). Monday – Sunday | Plaisir de Merle; “Award-winning wines wine tasting”. R 20, and R40 if cellar tour added; Flavour Sensation Tasting, food and wine pairing. R 50; Wine & Chocolate Tasting. R 50. Monday – Saturday | Charcuterie, tasting with Neil Jewell. R 25 – R105. Daily before 11h00 and after 15h30 | Franschhoek Cellar, Cheese and Wine pairing. R 35. Daily | Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Chocolate Tour and Tasting. R 25. Daily 11h00 and 15h00 | Chamonix, Grappa & Schnapps Tasting. R15. Daily | Dieu Donné, Micro-brewery and beer tasting. R15 beer tasting and R 35 for full bewery talk and tasters. Daily | Babylonstoren, Guided Garden Visit. R 20, Wednesday – Sunday 10h00 and 15h00 | Le Bon Vivant, Surprise Menu. R 485 for 5-course meal and wine, R360 without wine. Daily except Wednesdays | Food and wine pairing at Pierneef à La Motte. R 195 for 5 pairings, extra R 50 for glass of La Motte MCC. Tuesday – Sunday 12h00 – 14h00 | Cape Gourmet Delights Tour, with stops at Grande Provence, Moreson and Vrede & Lust. R1995 per day includes “light lunch”. 10 persons maximum. Monday – Friday.
Contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861, Main Street Franschhoek.
The Wine Bus offers vineyard tours and beautiful scenery with magnificent stops.
Picnic venues – treat yourself to an elegant French-style picnic beneath the fragrant pines, under the majestic Simonsberg Mountain. Large umbrellas are jauntily set above tables covered with hand-painted cloths at Boschendal. Other options are Dieu Donné, or alongside the river at Solms Delta.
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