1. Allee Bleue Wine Estate
Allée Bleue has a fresh produce shop with a delicious selection of homemade pies, ciabattas, various cheeses, homemade pestos, olives, olive oil, wine and much more. Wine Tasting takes place in the Allée Bleue tasting room.
Allée Bleue is child-friendly and has a jungle gym, jumping castle and sandpit to keep the kids entertained.
The Bistro at Allée Bleue serves breakfasts, light lunches as well as afternoon tea and cakes. Allée Bleue also offers picnics.
Another must do at Allée Bleue is the Herb Tours that take place every Friday from 11:00 am. The tour is followed by a 3-course herb-inspired lunch. Bookings are essential.
Babylonstoren is one of my favourite places to visit. There is so much to do and see that sometimes it is easy to forget that this is a wine farm too.
The tasting room at Babylonstoren sits adjacent to the wine cellar, has floor-to-ceiling glass walls and offers breathtaking views. With your wine tasting, you can enjoy delicious snack platters with charcuterie, cheese, pâté, and fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden. Babylonstoren also offers cellar tours. The tour includes a walk through the vineyards and a visit to the olive oil production plant.
At Babylonstoren you will also find a Farm Hotel, Spa, a beautiful garden with fruits, herbs, vegetables and much more. There are also two restaurants – Babel Restaurant and the Greenhouse Restaurant.
3. Bellingham Wines
At Bellingham, you can do a wine tasting at their general tasting room or at the Bernard Premium lounge.
One of my favourite wines at Bellingham is their Mocha Java. The wine has inviting aromas of roast coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate (two of my favourite things).
4. Boekenhoutskloof Wine Estate
A rare Erica called Erica Lerouxiae has been identified on Boekenhoutskloof and is completely unique to Boekenhoutskloof and the neighbouring farm, Haut Espoir.
Boekenhoutskloof and Haut Espoir are a founding member of the Franschhoek Mountain Conservancy, an initiative to improve co-operation between neighbours, as well as to improve fire management and fynbos conservation in the valley.
Boekenhoutskloof offers wine tasting – some of the wines that you can find here are the Wolftrap (named after a wolf trap that they once discovered long ago when things were still a little bit wilder on the farm and to remind them of the mysteries and legends of days gone by), the Crested Porcupine (a unique and fascinating inhabitant of the farm) and The Chocolate Block (the wine with secrets to keep)
5. Boschendal Wine Estate
Boschendal is one of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded in 1685. The original farmstead complex is now a national monument.
Boschendal Wine Estate has vineyards, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and a growing herd of free-range Angus cattle. Boschendal has three restaurants and offers magnificent picnics as well.
You can also do a historical tour of the Werf and stroll through the old rose garden or if you are feeling a little bit more adventurous you can go on one of the hiking or biking routes through the vineyards and mountains. You can even swim in one of the farm dams or try your hand at fly-fishing.
Boschendal has recently opened their MTB Trails to the riding public. They also offer horse and pony rides.
Wine Tasting includes Premium wine tasting, Standard wine tasting, Chocolate Wine tasting, and Brandy tasting.
6. Chamonix Wine Farm
At Chamonix, you can enjoy a delicious bistro-style cuisine prepared by the very well-known Reuben Riffel.
Chamonix also produces still & sparkling water and right next to the Chamonix estate they have their own private game reserve.
Chamonix offers wine tasting as well as cellar tours and guests can even order a cheese platter and/or charcuterie platter.
7. Dieu Donne Wine Estate
Dieu Donné means ‘A Gift from God’.
Visit their wine tasting facility or enjoy a glass of wine on their terrace while soaking in the stunning scenery that surrounds this beautiful wine estate.
You can also enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal at their restaurant – ROCA.
8. Eikehof Wine Estate
The wine tasting room at Eikehof Wine Estate is open daily for wine tasting.
With your wine, you can order delicious cheese platters.
9. Four Paws Wines
At Four Paws it is Cats that take centre stage.
The Four Paws team are passionate about their wines, but they are also passionate about animals, particularly cats.
Four Paws is currently assisting the Animal Rescue to collect and care for stray dogs in Franschhoek. Visit them for a wine tasting.
10. Glenwood Wine Estate
Over the years, Glenwood has been involved in the Vignerons de Franschhoek an organisation to which 52 wine farms/cellars belong which promotes Franschhoek wines, underwrites educational programmes for sommeliers, offers technical tastings for winemakers, and contributes to the wine tourism offering of Franschhoek Wine Valley, the valley’s tourism organisation.
They have also been involved in Bhabhathane, a multi-year programme to transform the education landscape in the valley. At Glenwood, you can do wine tasting and go on a vineyard & cellar tour.
11. GM & Ahrens Wine Estate
The GM & Ahrens bubbly house is the first and only bubbly house (in town) in Franschhoek. They have an up-market tasting room and offers cellar tours.
12. Grande Provence Wine Estate
At Grande Provence all the farm workers are housed in cottages on the Estate. The employees and their children are included in community events held on the Estate. Ongoing skills development and training is given to semi-skilled staff members. Grande Provence also supports the work of the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.
The gallery and sculpture garden at Grande Provence is a must visit. The Gallery offers advice to clients on collecting, conservation and restoration, as well as valuations for insurance and probate.
At the Shop at Grande Provence you can find a wide variety of African beads and textiles as well as Namji Fertility Dolls.
The Restaurant at Grande Provence is open 7 days a week, for lunch and dinner.
Grande Provence also offers wine tasting; cellar tours and children can do a grape juice tasting. Grande Provence also offers a variety of unique wine blending experiences for our guests to enjoy.
13. Haut Espoir Wine Estate
Wine Tasting and Cellar tours are by appointment only. The wine tastings are held in the cellar. Groups of 12 or more can make an appointment and join winemaker Marozanne Bieldt in creating their own blend.
14. Haute Cabrière Wine Estate
Haute Cabriere’s range of wines encompasses two Cap Classiques as well as a selection of still wines.
The Haute Cabriere Education Centre that was founded in 2010’s sole purpose is to create a prosperous future for the children of Haute Cabriere’s employees.
Pierre Jourdan Wine Popsicles are South Africa’s first ever, home-grown, wine-based ice popsicles.
Haute Cabriere’s Tasting Room is situated adjacent to the Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant. Guided cellar tours are also available.
15. Holden Manz Wine Estate
Holden Manz Wine Estate is home to one of the leading restaurants in the Franschhoek Valley, namely Franschhoek Kitchen.
They also offer delicious picnics that can be enjoyed under old oaks next to the Franschhoek River. Their tasting room is open 7 days a week.
16. La Bourgogne Wines
La Bourgogne Farm is a working farm producing quality wines.
They also export plums and pears and olive oils.
La Bourgogne offers delicious tastings which include their Wine Tasting, Olive and Olive Oil tasting, Wines and Infused Caramel tasting and Cape Brandy and Homemade Truffle Tasting.
They also have a farm shop where you can enjoy light meals and snacks.
17. La Bri
La Bri is a boutique winery offering interesting wine tastings – like the Wine & Lokum paired tasting – handcrafted Turkish Delight. Plums paired with roasted nuts, mulberries with mint and apricot with ginger. The Wine & Chocolate paired tasting and the Biltong & Wine tasting, They also offer Cheese & Biltong Platters.
The wine cellar at La Bri is a gravity fed wine cellar and visitors can enjoy a self-walk tour through the cellar.
18. La Chataigne
The La Chataigne wine tasting room is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. For Sundays and public holidays, you can contact Suzaan White at 076-050-8611.
19. La Couronne Estate
La Couronne offers wine-tasting, chocolate, and wine pairing as well as Cheese Platters and pizza.
They also have picnic baskets which you can order ahead of time and then enjoy in their huge gardens on picnic blankets supplied by La Couronne.
20. La Motte
La Motte’s wine tastings are offered amidst original works of art by the well-known South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef.
They offer theme tastings as well as older vintages tastings. The food & wine tasting pairs five La Motte wines with five tastings of cuisine created by Chef Michelle Theron.
At the farm shop, you can buy fresh, farm-baked bread, gift items exclusively designed for the estate and much more.
La Motte has its own coffee blend and visitors can drink their coffee as well as a Wineland’s tea complemented by a selection of treats from the La Motte Farm Shop. Reservations for the Winelands tea are essential (tel: 021-876-8800).
La Motte has an amazing restaurant. They also have hiking trails, a historic walk that starts at the La Motte museum and a sculpture walk.
Regular classical music concerts in regularly held at La Motte. The La Motte Steinway is one of the last Steinway pianos manufactured in Hamburg before the closing of the factory due to World War II.
21. La Petite Ferme
La Petite Ferme’s restaurant is open for lunch, seven days a week.
Their wine tours start at 10:30am and are about and an hour and a half, it includes a brief history of the farm, a vineyard tour, and a wine tasting.
There is also a guided walk via the vineyards to the Huguenot monument, as well as a guided bicycle trip to the Museum.
22. Le Lude – Sparkling Wine
Le Lude is the first winery in South Africa to produce the artisanal Agrafe bottle-fermented sparkling wine. Agrafe (Tirage Liège) is the method of fermenting the wine under cork instead of a crown cap.
La Lude offers wine tastings, as well as cellar tours. Their Cuvee premium tour package includes an in-depth discovery into the makings of premium Cap Classique as well as an opportunity to taste the wine at different stages of production. The tour will be followed by a lunch and Cap Classique tasting. There is also a 30-minute guided tour of the production cellar and underground maturation caves with Le Lude’s winemaker, Paul Gerber, followed by a canape and wine pairing.
French cuisine is presented with a contemporary twist at their restaurant Orangerie. Another highlight at Le Lude is their High Tea.
23. Le Manoir de Brendel
All the grapes at Le Manoir de Brendel are harvested by hand. Visitors can book a wine-tasting session in the afternoon. With the wine tasting, guests get shown how to discern between different smells and tastes.
The shop at Le Manoir de Brendel offers international and local products as well as all their wines and wine-related giftware. There is also a walking trail built along the Franschhoek River.
24. L’Ormarins Wines
L’Ormarins is home to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. Here visitors can look back at more than 100 years of motoring history with a unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles.
An Anthonij Rupert Estate package is available for sale and includes – Wine tasting at the Terra del Capo Tasting Room, Antipasti selection lunch (the menu changes seasonally); Premium Wine tasting at the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room; A visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum as well as a scenic tram ride taking in the picturesque views of the estates and surrounding Franschhoek Wine Valley. .
25. Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
Leopard’s Leap boasts sociable wine tasting facilities, a versatile food offering as well as culinary tutoring.
Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie-style restaurant is very popular. Included is a variety of meats from a state-of-the-art Rotisol spit, complemented by a selection of side dishes from their Harvest Table that features seasonal salads and roasted vegetables sourced from the vegetable and herb garden on the farm.
A selection of farm-baked bread, pastries, cakes and take-home meals is also available. Dessert consists of individual portions of delights such as cake lollies, mini cheesecakes, and baby meringues.
The food offering is available from Wednesdays to Sundays from 11:30 to 15:00. Leopard’s Leap South African Table presents guests with the opportunity to taste authentic South African dishes and to learn more about the food heritage while sharing a meal.
Cooking demonstrations take place on the First Friday evening of the month. Demonstrations are followed by dinner. The meal is complemented by Leopard’s Leap wines best suited to the food prepared. Friday morning’s visitors can join the Culinaria Food and Wine Pairing – a tasting of the six wines in the Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection, each paired with an example of an ideal food partner.
26. Lynx Wines
Lynx Wines is the smallest Wine Estate in the Valley producing less than 7000 cases per annum.
Lynx Wines produce about 90 tons of grapes, of which they keep 30 tons for their own wines and the rest of the grapes they sell to another private cellar.
They offer wine tasting and cellar tours.
27. Maison Estate
Maison Estate is home to a range of award-winning wines that can be tasted in their tasting room.
The Kitchen at Maison is one of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants and their deli is filled with a selection of cured meats, cheeses and preserves, all freshly made on the farm.
Visitors can order dishes from the deli to go or to enjoy as a “picnic” on the lawn under the oak trees.
28. Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle organises wine tastings in a variety of locations – their Miko Restaurant, at their bar, at the Country Kitchen or in their 150-year-old wine cellar. They also offer picnics.
Miko is their main restaurant. The Country Kitchen is Mont Rochelle’s informal restaurant. Visitors can also order local cheese and charcuterie platters – all platters are served with pear and raisin chutney, cape white onion marmalade, toasted nuts, and tortilla chips
Môreson offers normal wine tasting as well as a Charcuterie & Wine Tasting.
They have a restaurant called the Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant that is open daily for lunch.
They also offer a bread making course, as well as a two-day charcuterie course.
30. Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines
Mullineux Family Wines was established in 2007 and by 2016 they had received seventeen 5 star ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide, as well as being awarded Red Wine of the Year in 2013 and 2016, and Winery of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
31. My Wyn
My Wyn specialises in hand-made wines, created in a rather primitive cellar without steel or modern technology, just lots of passion and heaps of patience.
They offer personal and intimate wine tasting – Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 12:30 from October to April.
At harvest time visitors get a chance to punch down the fermenting grapes or they can even handle the wine press. They also get to taste the fresh wine in the making.
32. Noble Hill Wine Estate
Visit Noble Hill’s wine tasting room and sample their estate wines in a relaxed setting while you look into their working cellar for a glimpse of the winemaking process.
They serve breakfast and lunch all day at their restaurant and offer latin-inspired picnic baskets that can be enjoyed in the garden.
Picnics are available October through April.
33. Plaisir de Merle
Plaisir de Merle offers cellar tours and wine tasting. They also offer also offer cheese platters.
The historic manor house at Plaisir de Merle dates back to 1764 and serves as a guest house.
34. Rickety Bridge Winery
Rickety Bridge Wine Estate offers 4-star accommodation.
They have a restaurant, Paulina’s and a beautiful wine tasting room where guests can sample the Rickety Bridge Winery wines.
They also offer cellar tours, as well as various wines blending experiences. A must do is their Cooking Wild sessions where guests get to prepare Cape Malay favourites and experience pan-African cuisine dishes.
35. Rupert & Rothschild
Guests can visit the wine tasting centre at Rupert & Rothschild where they can taste a selection of imported champagne and wine from the exclusive Rothschild properties in France, Argentina, and New Zealand.
They can also experience the Rothschild Fromage Selection imported from Compagnie Fermière Edmond de Rothschild Heritage situated 40km east of Paris.
The restaurant at Rupert & Rothschild offers delicious luncheons.
36. Solms Delta
Solms-Delta is well-known for empowering its previously disadvantaged workers and resident communities through facilitating the sharing of land and equity in the business with them.
The Fyndraai Restaurant is part of a larger conservation project on the farm called the Dik Delta Fynbos Culinary Garden – where the main goals are to conserve the almost-extinct edible plants that the Cape’s first residents, the Khoi and San, relied on for nourishment and to cure various ailments.
Solms-Delta also offers picnics. Wine tasting takes place inside the tasting room or on the lawn outside.
On the social history, tour guides share stories of their past, describe the changes they have experienced in the present, and their hopes for a better future.
The music tour includes a demonstration of how some of the historic instruments are made and played and guests will be entertained with a short musical performance.
37. Stony Brook
Wine Tasting takes place outside in the summer months and in winter there is a fireplace that will warm guests up while they do a wine tasting. Tastings include 3 white wines, 3 red wines, and one reserve wine.
38. Franschhoek Cellar
The Kitchen at Franschhoek Cellar serves light snacks, lunches, and cake, as well as delicious coffee from Terbodore Coffee Roasters.
Wine tasting and/or lunch can be enjoyed under the trees while children can play in an enclosed, covered play area.
They have a special menu for kids and offer fun activities, like drawing, building blocks, riding bikes, and playing on the jungle gym. They even have childminders that will keep the children safe while visitors relax and enjoy their wine.
The Platform has a restaurant section and separate bar & beer garden area.
Situated at the bottom of the venue is a private area with a thatched boma and undercover braai area for a typical South African experience.
39. Topiary Wines
Topiary is the only solely French-owned winery in Franschhoek.
The wine tasting centre is wheelchair friendly. Cellar tours are available daily at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.
40. Val de Vie Wine
Val de Vie Estate incorporates a residential estate, an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, wine farms, conservation areas, and world-class equestrian facilities.
Val de Vie Equestrian facility is the annual host venue of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne SA Show Jumping Championships for aspiring athletes who wish to qualify for the Modern Pentathlon Olympics.
Visitors can enjoy a gentle outride on well-behaved horses with an experienced trail guide.
Children can enjoy an equestrian activity experience and interact with a pony in the stable, learn about the equipment, and enjoy a safe mounted experience.
Please note that most wine estates change their wine tasting experiences from time to time and even though I try to keep the information as up to date as possible, I can not guarantee that it will always be 100% correct.