Take a Wine Tour in Franschhoek
Providing one of the oldest wine growing areas, Franschhoek is home to a large number of wineries. This area became popular for growing grapes, when the French Huguenots settled here to escape the religious persecution in France in 1685. This area was known then as Olifantshoek because of the many herds of elephant that wandered the area, but soon renamed “French Corner” by the 277 settlers. They realized that the two climates where very similar and perfect for growing grapes and produced their first wine over 300 years ago in the famous Boschendal Cellars.
Franschhoek has a long standing tradition of wine making with over 43 vineyards in the area. Many of them are located along the Groot Drakenstein Mountain slopes where there is a cool climate and the average rainfall is about 1000 mm in the June to September months. There are a wide variety of grapes planted at varying altitudes and in alternating patterns allowing varying amounts of acidity sugar to infuse each type of grape with the perfect flavor, to make each type of wine totally distinct.
The Best Franschhoek Wines
Here you will find a superb mixture of wines that receive worldwide acclaim. In the white variety the Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Chardonnay are most popular, while out of the reds, the Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot are praised. This area is also famous for its production of rich Ports and the magnificent sparkling wines of Methode Cap Classique.