Lying in the fertile Huguenot valley, Franschhoek, or ‘French corner’ is a delightful little part of the Winelands with much to offer. If you find yourself in the area, here are three things you MUST do.
Dine at La Petite Colombe
Why you should visit: La Petite Colombe is one of the most coveted and famous fine dining experiences in the Winelands. Nestled in an exquisitely beautiful venue, in the midst of vineyards and manicured landscapes, La Petite Colombe offers food to delight your taste buds and views of the Franschhoek Valley and the Franschhoek Pass to leave you breathless.
How much does it cost: Choose from the Reduced menu or Chefs experience menu for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Prices on the website here.
How to get there: Find it at the Leeu Estates on Dassenberg Road.
Ride the Wine Tram
Why you should experience it: There’s no need for a designated driver when staying in Franschhoek thanks to The Franschhoek Wine Tram. The hop-on-hop-off wine tram and vintage bus combo whisk visitors from the main street of the town to various estates and there are eight different routes to choose from.
Boschendal – Famous for its classic and fruity wines which you can taste in their manor house, built in 1812. Boschendal picnics are also legendary. Bring your picnic blanket and settle down for a Werf Farm Picnic under the trees.
La Motte Wine Estate (not on the wine tram route) – The normal tasting is great but choose the Vinoteque Tasting to delve deeper into the flavours of the farm. The exclusive tasting gives you the chance to sip some of the most famous vintage wines produced on the estate.
How much does it cost: A wine tram ticket per adult is R240. Wine tasting is not included in the price and guests are strongly advised to book for lunch as the estates can get very busy. Buy your wine tram ticket in advance via www.winetram.co.za.
How to get there: Find the Wine Tram office at Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Road in the centre of town.
Check out the views along the Franschhoek Pass
Why you should experience it: The scenic Franschhoek Pass to the Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp has brilliant views of the Franschhoek Valley while driving over an old stone bridge. If you’re lucky enough to catch it, the Theewaterskloof Dam wall in flood is a magnificent sight.
How to get there: The Franschhoek Pass is one of the only two routes into Franschhoek. Find it southeast of Franschhoek.