Planning a Cape City itinerary means together with a little bit little bit of every part – seashore, mountains, metropolis life, and, in fact, wine. This publish is all in regards to the wine…the Franschhoek wine area specifically.
If you wish to expertise the very best of the attractive Cape Winelands, make sure that to incorporate a go to to the Franschhoek wine district.
Why the Franschhoek wine area?
Boasting an enormous 20+ wineries, Franschhoek is famend for its ever well-liked wine tram excursions, beautiful meals and five star accommodation.
The relaxed nature of the city, gorgeous surroundings and sluggish place make this the right stress-free break, metropolis escape or unbelievable day journey.
Franschhoek has an enormous French affect, with the identify that means the ‘French nook’ in Afrikaans.
The place is Franschhoek?
This unimaginable vacation spot is positioned 60 kilometres outdoors the hustle and bustle of the Cape City metropolis and 30km to the ever well-liked 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.
Be a part of a Franschhoek wine tram tour
That is the primary attraction in Franschhoek, with trams masking 8 tram strains and eight to 10 stops on every line (you possibly can 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. Remember although, the final tram runs at 4pm, so should you settle in to a vineyard for a number of hours you should definitely preserve one eye in your watch or it may very well be an extended stroll.
Two wine stops it’s essential to make
Set on the aspect of the hills with views of the gorgeous Franschhoek mountain vary and neighboring Stellenbosch, Dieu Donne gives a way of freedom and a world away from every part.
High Tip: That is the very best 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 wish to develop up immersed on this world. The household shared some nice tales such because 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 within the day. Such intimate tales shared by the homeowners added to the nice and cozy expertise we had right here.
Meals in Franschhoek
Franschhoek is thought unofficially because the culinary capital of South Africa. It boasts top notch high quality eating, whereas nonetheless making a relaxed aura and really feel that’s Franschhoek.
Our favorite restaurant in Franschhoek
For us it needs to be the Monneaux restaurant, a restaurant set with a relaxed but intimate atmosphere. With three rooms and the circulate of a home, this actually set a scene of consolation. This definitely was an atmosphere we might really feel snug in whereas nonetheless appreciating all of the formalities and professionalism of a prime finish high quality 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. That is the way in which we wish to eat getting many various flavours and textures. Presentation is unbelievable and each dish was nicely executed.
The place to remain in Franschhoek
We stayed on the Franschhoek Country House and Villas a brief 10 minute stroll from the middle of Franschhoek. 5 star lodging at it’s best. With complimentary champagne on arrival and an incredible breakfast of freshly cooked dishes, fruits, pastries, meats and cheeses laid out every morning.
Get poolside and revel in some solar with poolside eating and cocktails, the contemporary views of the mountains and the quaint passing wine tram.
The lodge additionally has an onsite spa with many many choices of packages to unwind and rejuvenate.
5 Different Issues To Do In Franschhoek
Staying for a number of days? Right here is 5 different nice issues to do in Franschhoek.
1. Franschhoek Motor Museum
With over 100 years of historical past and over 200 vehicles the Franschhoek motor museum is a should for any automobile fanatic.
2. Franschhoek Move
The Franschhoek cross takes you into the mountains with gorgeous drives and views you can solely think about exist.
3. First South African Fragrance Museum
Franshhoek was as soon as a budding fragrance district with an entire host of perfumeries. On the museum you will discover out all in regards to the historical past behind this trade on this space.
Slightly truth the restaurant we ate within the, Monneaux was really dwelling to one of many first Perfumeries in Franschhoek.
4. Soul Barrell Brewing
Should you’re all wined out and fancy a change, then look no additional than Soul Barrel Brewing. A number of impartial craft beers with taproom and excursions obtainable.
5. Hike Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Mont Rochelle is a Unesco World Heritage Website located simply outdoors Franschhoek. With over 30 kms of mountaineering trails and can be dwelling additionally to Richard Branson’s gorgeous lodge and winery.
If this doesn’t get you excited for some down time I’m unsure what’s going to. We advise going to unwind, decelerate the tempo and take all of it in your stride.
A great three or 4 days can be an acceptable journey, sufficient time to calm down however sufficient time to tick a number of journeys off.
Inserting this on a Cape City journey is simply excellent with the busy nature of Cape City and a lot to do, Franschhoek is only a excellent method to finish.