Our VIND map should give you plenty of inspiration for wineries to visit during your 5 days in Franschhoek, and we’ll give you some of our favourite tips for this beautiful corner of the world below.
La Petite Ferme is an old favourite. One of the original farm-to-table venues, it offers breath-taking views and you can be sure to indulge in a delicious meal accompanied with La Petite Ferme’s own wine. Sitting back after lunch on the grass bank and enjoying the sunset is a truly worthwhile experience! The previous chef, Neethling du Toit, has moved to the new and incredible, La Cotte Farm. This new country hotel, restaurant and working farm — which is right on the edge of the village — is a perfect lunch spot and a great, more affordable, accommodation option.
On the theme of relaxed lunches, The Country Kitchen at Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle is worth a visit, as is the Le Lude Orangery which has great MCC (sparkling wine). For a day of luxury in Franschhoek, we recommend Leeu Estates. Home to incredible accommodation and superb restaurants (Le Chêne and La Petite Colombe), this indulgent and immaculate estate is perfect for a spa day; start your day with a massage or other treatment, followed by a relaxing lunch and lounging by the pool, which overlooks the vineyards.
There are a host of excellent ‘pre-dinner sundowner’ spots with incredible views in Franschhoek. Manger at Dieu Donne Estate is one of the best. Go straight through to their grass bank and take in the sunset. Haute Cabriere near Le Petite Ferme has excellent cuisine and similar impeccable views over the valley, and for something a bit different, head up to Cape Chamonix where you’ll find ostrich, zebra, eland, bontebok and springbok — take in their excellent wines on a game drive overlooking Franschhoek!
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