The fertile valley of Franschhoek nestles between towering mountains in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Founded in 1688 by French Huguenots, the picturesque village of Franschhoek has become world-famous for its warm hospitality, superb cuisine and outstanding arts and crafts. Bastille Day on the 14th of July celebrates the villages' French Heritage with a festival of fine French food and Wine.
The man has enhanced the natural beauty of the landscape. Vineyards and Fruit farms, interspersed with clumps of pine, form a delicately interwoven tapestry of mingling colours and shades. Amongst the patchwork of farms in the valley are some of South Africa's oldest and most famous wine estates. The grand old Cape Dutch farmhouses and Wine stores have watched proudly over the land for centuries; and these Estates are still producing some of South Africa's top wines today.