Franschhoek, which translates to "French Corner" in Dutch, is located near Cape Town South Africa. The area was settled by French colonists in the late 1600s. As a result of its French heritage, Franschhoek is a renowned producer of fine wines. With charming homes built in the original Dutch Cape architectural style, many buildings have historic landmark status and are protected under South African law.
During the summer months, which equates to winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is pleasant and warm, with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. Even during winter, the average highs are in 60’s and 70’s in the valley, while the peaks surrounding the area are often topped with snow, making stunning natural scenery.
Franschhoek is an elegant, upscale retreat for South Africans, reminiscent of Napa and Sonoma in California. If traveling to South Africa for Safari or visiting Cape Town, taking a few days to relax and enjoy the wine and the scenery in beautiful Franschhoek makes a perfect add-on to your journey.