What a wonderful thing drinking wine is. I’m not talking about the times you sit alone in your living room, crying over something, and polishing off a bottle. I’m talking about the wonderful times, when you drink local wines, learn the history of the vineyard, meet some new friends, and enjoy the views. When the sun shines down, you have a variety of wines at your fingertips, and with each place you visit, the more you begin to relax.
This is what Franschhoek, South Africa is all about. Soaking up the sun, gazing out over acres of vineyards, and trying the local Pinotage. Without a doubt, a trip to South Africa isn’t complete without a visit up to Franschhoek, a one-hour drive from Cape Town. Since I love a good glass of red, I headed over to the Winelands for four days of wine tasting.
The greatest idea (in my opinion) is the Wine Tram; a hop-on, hop-off tram that takes you around the wineries, allowing you to drink till your heart’s content without the worry of driving. Reaching small boutique wineries to world-class cellars this is definitely a good way to spend your day. After trying wineries on both routes (they offer a red route and a blue route), both are great choices and you can’t go wrong. Here are a few wineries worth visiting if you happen to find yourself in this idyllic, charming, French/Dutch inspired town.
Sir Richard Branson owns this lovely 22-bedroom hotel and vineyard, mere minutes away from the village centre. Think delicious, savoury food paired perfectly with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
Sitting in “The Blacksmith’s Cottage”, built in the late 18th century, this place gives off a cozy feeling.
This place can do no wrong in my mind. Maybe because it was the fifth winery I visited or perhaps it was the location. Either way, sitting on the lawn with a glass of Chardonnay really is the way to go.
There are so many wineries to visit and none of them will disappoint. I could go on and on about this place, but if you end up coming to South Africa (and you definitely should), Franschhoek is a must-see.