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TTucked away in the Groot Drakenstein Mountains, the Franschhoek Wine Route is considered South Africa’s “gourmet capital”. Franschhoek translates to “French corner” and the entire region has hints of its historical beginnings, where you will experience a pervasive French influence in the wine making, dining, art and design.
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The vineyards were first planted more than 300 years ago by French Huguenot immigrants, so the culture and heritage of wine in the Franschhoek area are deeply intertwined. The farms here are smaller and more intimate than nearby Stellenbosch and you will taste some excellent boutique wines, as well as some of the more famous ones. Excellent wine farms abound including Boschendal, Rickety Bridge, Haute Cabrière, Bellingham, Leopard's Leap, Graham Beck, Backsberg, Babylonstoren and La Motte. Read more about the Franschhoek Wine Route.