Franschhoek has long been regarded as one of South Africa’s sexist destinations for wine lovers. It is one of the Cape’s most beautiful valleys, closed on three sides by towering mountains, and boats a plethora of top restaurants and wineries.
Dating back to 1688, the Franschhoek Valley was only classified as an official district in South Africa’s Wine of Origin scheme in 2010, having fallen under the less-hyper Paarl district prior to that. It has fallen under an unfortunate ‘terroir by truck’ stigma, thanks to farming costs spiralling on what has become very sought-after real estate, with the result that many cellars buy in cheaper fruit from other areas.
There’s distinctly floral, spicy Sauvignon Blanc and fresh, elegant Viognier showcases here. However, the best performing wines are argued to be the creamy, barrel-fermented Semillon and a mineral Chardonnay. Why don’t you try them for yourselves?