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Franschhoek Wine Route, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

Franschhoek Wine Route, Cape WinelandsThe Franschhoek Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa and must not be missed by visitors to the Western Cape. Take in the scenic splendour and the charm of this historic town while touring some the best wine estates in the country. Although there are sixteen estates in this small valley, there are few cellar tours. Most are located in the Franschhoek Cooperative in Main Street. However, don’t miss visiting the estates – the architecture, fine restaurants, museums and the wine tasting will make your day.

Following are some of the major estates:

 

The Boschendal Wine Estate dates back to 1685 when it was owned by French Huguenot, Jean le Long. Today it is one of the leading producers of red wine in South Africa having won numerous national and international awards. Learn more …
L’Ormarins Wine Estate is the main winery in the Antonij Rupert Wines group. Situated in Franschhoek on the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains, the different soil and climatic conditions of the various slopes make it possible to grow different varietals. Learn more …
The La Motte Wine Estate, situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley is an absolute must for visitors wishing to tour the winelands of the Western Cape. The estate is owned by Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, daughter of one of South Africa’s business icons, Dr Anton Rupert. Learn more …
Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyards is one of the smaller wine estates in Franschhoek with 16Ha under vine. However, the winery produces a large range of award winning wines – sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, shiraz,cabernet sauvignon, merlot and others. Because of the relatively small volumes the winemaker is able to concentrate on quality. Learn more …
The first Graham Beck wine farm was established by the prominent South African industrialist in 1983 in Robertson in the Western Cape. Before his passing in 2010 he purchased farms in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek consolidating all his farms under the Graham Beck brand. Learn more …

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