Where to go Wine Tasting in Franschhoek
*Updated in 2020
Driving through Franschhoek can make you feel like a kid in a candy store. The choices for wine tasting seem so endless, it would nearly be impossible to list every single wine farm (trust us, we’ve tried). But, if you’re looking for somewhere to sip on some wine, this is our roundup of just a few of the incredible places to do wine tasting in Franschhoek.
Wine tasting in Franschhoek
The Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room is located in the farm’s historic and recently refurbished Manor House, where they offer bespoke wine tastings of their Cape of Good Hope and Anthonij Rupert wine ranges. The estate also offers a nougat pairing with their L’Ormarins MCC. You can also visit their second tasting room, Terra Del Capo, for some delicious antipasti and enjoy a leisurely wine tasting of some of the other wines in the range.
Location: Franschhoek Valley, Franschhoek
Hours: Mondays – Saturdays: 10h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 874 9004
Bellingham’s history goes back to 1693 and they have produced some of South Africa’s best known and highly-respected wines for decades. The label has always been recognised for its innovative approach and you’re welcome to taste this innovation at their cellar.
Location: R45, Franschhoek Main Road, Franschhoek Valley
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10h00 – 18h00, Friday & Saturday: 10h00 – 21h00, Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 876 2086
As one of the oldest farms in the area, Boekenhoutskloof part of Franschhoek’s history since 1776. It changed ownership a few times over the years, with each family contributing something unique to the property’s rich heritage. In 1993, the farm changed ownership one final time and the existing apple and pear orchards were re-planted with vineyards which are still in production today, yielding grapes for the highly sought after range of wines crafted under the Boekenhoutskloof label. Join them on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a tasting which usually includes some older vintages from their vinoteque. Space is limited and bookings are essential.
Location: Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek, 7690
Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11h00
Contact: 021 876 3320
A visit to Grande Provence is like a trip to France and offers a very niche tasting that aims to dispel preconceived ideas about what wine you’re meant to drink with what foods. Be warned, you need to book ahead and this in-depth tasting starts at R120 per person.
Location: Main Rd, Franschhoek, 7690
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 20h30
Contact: 021 876 8600
Wine tasting in Franschhoek wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Haute Cabrière. From their bubblies to that iconic Ratafia, everything at Haute Cabrière is perfection. They offer tastings of their MCC collection as well as their comprehensive and featured wine collections.
Location: Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek, 7690
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10h00–18h00, Saturdays: 10h00 – 18h00, Sundays: 11h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 876 8500
If you’re keen to get to know Holden Manz exclusive wines a little better, you can visit the farm and choose between a number of tasting options starting at R60 per person.
Location: Green Valley Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 876 2738
La Motte is a name that’s always been associated with fantastic wines, and when you visit the estate you can taste their current vintage for R50 per person. If you want to experience their older and more niche wines, La Motte also offers a Vinoteque tasting for R200 per person, as well as a pairing with food from Pierneef à la Motte, which is also R200.
Location: R45 Main Rd, Franschhoek, 7690
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 09h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 876 8000
Le Lude has become the name in world-class locally produced bubblies and their tasting room is like something you would find in France. You can taste a flight of their delicious MCC starting at R60 and the options increase in price from there, including a choice for a cheese and canapé pairing.
Location: Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 09h00 – 17h00, Friday – Sunday: 09h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 100 3464
There’s no shortage of fun things to do at Leopard’s Leap but if you’re looking for a great place for a bit of wine tasting in Franschhoek, then this should be your next port of call. You can taste their classic ranges at R25 per person or their food-centric Culinaria range from R40 per person.
Location: R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 09h00 – 17h00. Sundays: 11h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 876 8002
Known for producing some outstanding wines, Maison’s restaurant has recently been taken over by the powerhouse Chef’s Warehouse team. The estate’s setting is one of the best in Franschhoek and you can kick back and taste Maison’s wines along with some of the most delicious food.
Location: R 45 Franschhoek
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 12h00 – 20h00. Sunday: 12h00 – 15h00
Contact: 021 876 2116
Among others, Mont Rochelle has become known for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties. You can taste their entire range at the cellar for R45 per person. There are also different price options depending on how many wines you want to taste and there’s even a paired canapé tasting.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10h00 – 18h00
Contact: 021 876 2770
As it’s one of the best places to relax and eat amazing charcuterie, you know that Môreson is going to offer an equally indulgent wine tasting. They pair their range of wines with Neil Jewell’s charcuterie at the farm grocer section of the estate.
Location: 1 Happy Valley Road
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 09h30 – 17h00
Contact: 021 876 3055
Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines
We’re big fans of the Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, which is the partnership between husband and wife winemaking duo, Chris and Andrea Mullineux and respected Indian businessman, Analjit Singh. At their Wine Studio on the Leeu Estate in Franschhoek, you can join them for bespoke wine tastings daily. Heads up: these tastings don’t come cheap (they start at R110), and booking is essential, but this is not a tasting you want to skip.
Location: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town, 7690
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 492 2224
Plaisir de Merle
Plaisir de Merle invites you to explore their gorgeous Cape Dutch-style estate and offers a wine tasting at R60 per person. They also have the option of adding a cheese board if you get peckish.
Location: R45, Simondium
Hours: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00. Saturday – Sunday: 09h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 874 1072
With a million-dollar view and some of the friendliest staff around, Rickety Bridge invites you to taste their wines at R40 per person.
Location: Main Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 09h00 – 18h00. Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 876 2129
Rupert and Rothschild
Visit the grand tasting centre and enjoy Rupert & Rothschild wine along with a curated choice of imported wine and champagne from the exclusive Rothschild properties in France, Argentina and New Zealand. The difference at Rupert & Rothschild is that you can customise your tasting experience as they do tasters by the glass.
Location: Klapmuts – Simondium Rd
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10h00 – 16h30, Saturday – Sunday: 10h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 874 1648
The smallest wine farm in Franschhoek, only producing around 7,000 cases a year. At their wine cellar they use many traditional appliances such as the open concrete tanks for fermenting the grapes or the hand-operated basket press. They are the holders of many local and international awards for the exceptional quality of their wine, all of which are grown, produced and bottled on the farm
Location: R301 Franschhoek Road
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 – 17:00, Saturday 10:00 – 14:00, Sunday by appointment.
Contact: 021 867 0406
A boutique wine estate and cellar that pride themselves on producing distinctive, handcrafted wines in harmony with nature. All their wines are made from a single vineyard variety fruit. They also offer memberships to their exclusive wine club.
Location: 3 Excelsior Rd
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:00 to 16:00
Contact: 021 876 4000
This winery is distinctive in that not only do they have a restaurant where you can dine in but you can also pack your own picnic and enjoy their magnificent view of the mountains. They offer a regular wine tasting (a selection of five wines) like most Franschhoek wineries but also offer a fine wine and food experience, which includes a tasting of 8 wines and 6 canapés on arrival. You also select your main course and is paired with a glass of wine.
Location: Robertsvlei Rd
Hours: Daily, 10:30am – 5pm
Contact: 021 876 2044
Franschhoek Pass Villa and Winery
This luxury villa is not only a place where you can spoil your partner to a romantic getaway but also a winery where they produce premium wines. Surrounded by vineyards and commanding breathtaking views of one of Africa’s most spectacular valleys. Wine-tasting is presented by the owner and winemaker who provides an interesting explanation of the winemaking process as well as a tour of the cellar and the farm.
Location: Lambrechts Road
Hours: All wine tastings are by appointment only and accommodation must be arranged in advance.
Contact: 083 444 1177
La Bri Vineyards
Their wine tasting is done a little differently than most of the vineyards, they offer tastings with pairings with chocolate, biltong and lokum. They use their own estate grapes exclusively to produce handcrafted wines, made for everyday enjoyment.
Location: Excelsior Road
Hours: Mon-Fri 10h00-17h00 | Sat-Sun 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 876 2593
Eikehof has 6 varietals which include a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Shiraz and a Cabernet Sauvignon. They offer wine tastings and cheese platters that could make anyone’s mouth water. A great alternative to the other more well-known wine farms.
Location: La-Motte, R45
Hours: Mon-Sun 10h30-16h30
Contact: 021 876 2469
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