• Kim Rabe

For the foodies-Franschhoek wine tours

The Franschhoek wine valley, with its dramatic mountain and vineyard scenery and charming little village is a must visit for wine loving tourists. It's also foodie heaven, nicknamed South Africa's culinary capital for its choice of top fine dining restaurants. If your idea of the perfect wine tour includes tasting a spectrum of South African wines from sparkling to elegant reds and savoring a leisurely lunch at one of the Cape's finest restaurants, then this is the tour for you.

Franschhoek tour highlights include:

A stroll along the quaint village with its street lined cafe's, boutiques and art galleries.

Taste Methode Cap Classique (MCC) at a cellar dedicated to producing this exceptional sparkling wine in the Champenoise method.

Sample a cross section of popular South African red and white wines

Optional extra's include Craft beer tastings, chocolate and ice cream tastings and food and wine pairings (please inquire for further info and pricing)

Take part in South Africa's culinary revolution at one of our top rated restaurants or have a look at some of my favourite vineyard dining options below:

Delaire Graff restaurant

The Franschhoek valley

Fine dining

Chefs warehouse Maison

Amazing food, excellent value, beautiful setting on a boutique vineyard

Pierneef at La Motte

Great choice if you want to experience South African cuisine, gorgeous location

La Petit Ferme

Charming boutique hotel with the most breathtaking views of Franschhoek

The Werf at Boschendal

Farm-to -fork, great expression of local cuisine, set on a picturesque historical estate

Babel at Babylonstoren

Scrumptious seasonal, farm- to- fork cuisine set in the gardens at Babylonstoren

Delaire Graff restaurant

(technically not in Franschhoek but close enough)

Knock your socks off views, good food and service

Babel restaurant

Tokara restauarnt

Casual options-where the locals eat

La Borgogne

Hearty farm style meals , generous platters in a country setting

Hey Joe Brewery

Craft brewery, with light meals, beer tastings, eat your heart out hot-dogs and more

Cosecha at Noble Hill

Who doesn't like Mexican food, especially when its this good

Tokara delicatessan

Again not quite in Franschhoek but close enough to visit, their fine dining restaurant is also a fabulous choice)

Tasty classic dishes, with olive groves and vineyards as the backdrop

La Borgogne in Franschhoek

Tokara delicatessan

For those who opt to over night in Franschhoek, I recommend staying close to the village centre,

with its array of top restaurants and bars all in walking distance.