Where to go Wine Tasting in Franschhoek
Driving through Franschhoek can make you feel like a kid in a candy store. The choices for wine tasting seem endless and 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
Indulge in wine-tasting experiences at some of Franschhoek’s finest wine farms.
This list may be alphabetical, but Anthonij Rupert Wine Farm also happens to be top-tier. Located on the L’Ormarins farm in the Franschhoek Valley, this flagship estate houses six distinct and delicious premium red wines. They have two tasting rooms — the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room and Terra Del Capo. The Anthonij Rupert Wyne Room is in their historic Manor House, where you get to sample their vintage premium offerings. You can also visit their second tasting room, Terra Del Capo, for some delicious antipasti and enjoy a leisurely wine tasting of some newer wines in their range.
Location: Franschhoek Valley, Franschhoek
Hours: Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room: Mon–Sat: 10h00–16h30 | Terra del Capo Tasting Room: Tues–Sun: 10h00–16h30 | Sat & Sun: 08h30–17h00
Contact: 021 874 9041 | 021 874 9074
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. You’re welcome to taste this innovation at their Franschhoek Cellar, which is the homestead of an elegant range of award-winning MCC, white and red wines. They also offer wine tastings, paired with Belgian chocolate and homemade cheese
Location: R45, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00–17h30
Boekenhoutskloof is one of the oldest farms in the Franschhoek area and the estate’s heritage is as rich as their wines. In case you were wondering, Boekenhoutskloof means “ravine of the Boekenhout”, named after a small tree in the Protea family. They harvest syrah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, grenache, semillon and viognier under the Boekenhoutskloof label. You can join them on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a tasting, which usually includes some vintages from their vinoteque. Space is limited and bookings are essential.
Location: Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Tues & Thurs: 11h00
Contact: 021 876 3320
Chamonix Wine Farm
This wine farm has a broad selection of wines and wine tasting experiences to choose from. Their tasting room, the Blacksmith Cottage, has a wonderful ambience that’s perfect for social wine tasting experiences. They cater five different tasting experiences from introductory tastings to full tastings accompanied by cheese and charcuterie platters. Most people visit wine farms on sunny days, but Chamonix’s Swiss-alps-esque views are ideal for a winter’s day.
Location: 40 Uitkyk St, Franschhoek
Hours: *Booking is essential
Contact: 021 876 8426
Dieu Donné Vineyards
Dieu Donné Vineyards offer panoramic views of the Franschhoek valley and Drakenstein mountains. Their wine-tasting experience is intimate and informative, as they encourage guests to take their time in getting to know their wines. Feel free to ask for a wine cellar tour to better acquaint yourself with their small-batch estate offerings. Rumour also has it that Dieu Donné has the best sunset views in all of Franschhoek.
Location: Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek Valley, Winelands
Hours: *By appointment only
Contact: 021 224 0667
Eikehof may not be as well-known as the other wine farms but is a great addition to your wine-tasting bucket list — their wine tastings and cheese platters are seriously mouth-watering! Their extensive wine varietals include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rosé, semillon, merlot, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, Cape ruby and their premium Bush Vine Semillion offering. What we love most about Eikehof’s tasting room is the welcoming service. They immediately set the tone upon arrival with a complimentary tasting of their rosé.
Location: La Motte, R45, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Fri: 10h30-16h30 | Sat & Sun: 10h00–16h00
Contact: 021 876 2469
This winery is distinctive, not only do they have a restaurant where you can dine in but you can also pack your own picnic and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountains. They have three curated wine tasting experiences — Showcase Wine Tasting, Vine to Bottle Tour and Nature’s Window, which takes place in the mountains and valleys of Franschhoek. Each tasting experience has a unique approach. Be sure to book in advance, as they have scheduled times.
Location: Robertsvlei Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Tues–Sun: 11h00–16h00
Contact: 021 876 2044
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
A visit to Grande Provence is like a trip to France; they offer a very niche tasting that aims to dispel preconceived ideas about what wine you’re meant to drink with what foods. They also offer a wine blending experience, where groups receive three wine varieties they can blend according to preference. It’s rather unique as the losing group takes home a bottle of Angels Tears. Be warned, you need to book ahead.
Location: Main Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon– Sun: 10h00 – 20h30
Contact: 021 876 8600
Wine tasting in Franschhoek wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Haute Cabrière. From their bubbly to that iconic Ratafia, everything at Haute Cabrière is perfection! They offer tastings of their Pierre Jourdan MCC collection, as well as their comprehensive Haute Cabrière and Haute wine collections in a beautiful stone-encased tasting room. Their cellar tours are insightful and their charismatic winemaker, Takuan, is always happy to have a tête-à-tête.
Location: Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Fri: 10h00–17h00 | Sat & Sun: 09h00–17h00
Contact: 021 876 8500
Haute Espoir is a boutique wine estate and cellar that prides itself on producing distinctive, handcrafted wines in harmony with nature. Gentle Giant — their red wine blend, named after the elephants that once roamed the valley, is a beautiful melody of Merlot. All their wines are made from a single vineyard variety fruit. They also offer memberships to their exclusive wine club.
Location: 3 Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Fri: 11:00–16:00 | Tastings by appointment only
Contact: 021 876 4000
Holden Manz Wine Estate
Holden Manz is Franschhoek’s hidden gem. Located on a magnificent estate, their tastings allow you to roam the vineyards on a guided tasting or frolic to the Franschhoek River for a delightful picnic. If you’re keen to get to know Holden Manz exclusive wines a little better, we suggest you visit the farm for their tasty wine and food pairings.
Location: Green Valley Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00–17h00
Contact: 021 876 2738
La Bri Estate
La Bri’s wine tasting is done a little differently than most of the vineyards… they offer paired tastings with chocolate, biltong and lokum (Turkish delight). La Bri exclusively uses its own estate grapes to produce handcrafted wines, made for everyday enjoyment.
Location: La Bri Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Fri: 10h00–17h00 | Sat–Sun: 10h00–16h00
Contact: 021 876 2593
La Motte Wine Estate
La Motte is the perfect estate to visit if you’re looking for a tasting experience filled with enchanting art sculptures and all-around stunning views. La Motte is a name that’s always been associated with fantastic wines. The fact that certain of their wine bottles are decorated with original artworks by South African artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, makes the experience that more special. You can taste their current vintage and taste their older, more niche wines at their Vinoteque Tasting. For the ultimate experience, indulge La Motte’s wine and food pairings at their impressive restaurant, Pierneef à La Motte.
Location: R45 Main Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Tues–Sun: 09h00–17h00
Contact: 021 876 8000
Le Lude Estate
Le Lude has become the name in world-class, locally produced bubbly and their tasting room is like something you would find in France — c’est magnifique! Le Lude Estate is the ideal choice if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in a stylish setting. You can taste a flight of their deliciously light MCC along with an elegant canapé pairing.
Location: Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 100 3464
Leopard’s Leap Wine Farm
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 get to taste any six wines from their excellent wine ranges, including their Special Edition and Family collection. They accommodate groups, which is perfect for family and friend guided experiences.
Location: R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Tues–Sat: 09h00–17h00 | Sun: 11h00–17h00
Contact: 021 876 8002
Lynx is the smallest wine farm in Franschhoek, only producing around 7,000 cases a year. 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. Their wine cellar uses traditional equipment like open concrete tanks for fermenting grapes and the hand-operated basket press. They also use the famous Punch Down technique to ensure they get the most out of their grapes.
Location: R301, Franschhoek Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00–17h00
Contact: 021 867 0406
Maison — the French word for ‘house’ is perfect for a weekend sojourn. This leisurely, yet luxury estate encourages you to make yourself feel at home and kick back with a glass of wine. Maison Estate is known for producing premium wines that can be enjoyed at The Tasting Room. After wine-tasting, we suggest you head over to the estate’s restaurant, Chef’s Warehouse for a spot of delicious lunch.
Location: R 45, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00–17h00
Contact: 021 876 2116
Mont Rochelle is a destination estate that should definitely be on your list. Their vast and beautiful vineyards span hectares, which you can explore to your heart’s content. It’s the ideal location for a romantic picnic with chilled wine on a summer’s day; you can even indulge a little more than usual and book in to stay over at the stunning accommodation. They have plenty of wine tasting packages to choose from, including a gourmet tasting paired with their light sauvignon blanc 2020 and chardonnay 2020, as well as a syrah 2016 pairing that comes with a deliciously tender grilled beef sirloin.
Location: 1499 Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00–18h00
Contact: 021 876 2116
If you’re looking for an immersive wine-tasting experience, whisk away to Leeu Estates. You can join them for bespoke wine tastings daily, at their Wine Studio on the Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Heads up: these tastings don’t come cheap but the experience is rich. This is not a tasting you want to skip, so be sure to make a booking!
Location: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00–17h00
Contact: 021 492 2224
Paserene Wine Farm
Franschhoek has a mountain of wine farms to visit but Paserene is an absolute must. The swallow’s nest-inspired building is an architectural masterpiece and their wine collection is no different. Step into their tasting lounge for a delicious wine-pairing experience, where you will be offered a selection of small plates to accompany the tasting. The attention to detail at this wine farm is immaculate, from the interior to their Riedel varietal-specific glassware.
Location: R45 Paserene Wines La Motte, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-17h00
Contact: 021 876 2714 | 076 050 8611
Plaisir de Merle Wine Estate
Make no mistake, the wine tastings at Plaisir de Merle are just as grand as their name. Explore their gorgeous Cape Dutch-style estate and indulge in a refined wine tasting experience at the estate. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be happy to know that they offer a delightful Confectionary Experience of artisanal fudge or nougat pairings. They also have weekend markets with live music.
Location: R45, Simondium
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00–17h00
Contact: 021 874 1072
Rickety Bridge Winery
Rickety Bridge Winery offers stellar views all year round. The beautiful estate is the perfect venue for a family outing. Rickety Bridge has a range of unmatched tasting experiences and pairings at their Wine Tasting Centre — they even have a kid-friendly pairing (sans wine, of course). For an exceptional and unique experience, try their Panna Cotta & Wine Pairing. Their friendly staff and venue accommodate large groups (arrange in advance).
Location: Main Road, Franschhoek
Hours: Mon–Sun: 10h00–18h00
Contact: 021 876 2129
Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons
The difference at Rupert & Rothschild is that you can customise your tasting experience, as they do tasters by the glass. Visit the grand Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild and enjoy their wine, along with a curated choice of imported wine and champagne from the exclusive Rothschild properties in France, Argentina and New Zealand. They also have a Société wine club, giving you access to exclusive tasting and dining experiences.
Location: Klapmuts – Simondium Rd, Simondium
Hours: Tues–Fri: 10h00-16h30 | Sat–Sun: 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 874 1648
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