Franschhoek is in the Cape winelands region, the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine.
Spectacular vineyards cover the mountain slopes that were settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture.
After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in France in 1685, when Protestantism was outlawed, hundreds of Huguenots fled their homeland, arriving by ship at the Cape of Good Hope. Many were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Oliphantshoek (Elephant's Corner) - so named because of the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area. Soon after they settled here, it become known as Franschhoek (French Corner). The Huguenot monument and museum chronicles the history of the pioneers, with each of the original Huguenot farms having its own story to tell.
Besides the obvious wine tours, there are also walking trails, cycling and for a wine tour with a difference, take a horse riding wine tour. There is also trout fishing in various streams and dams on the surrounding farms.
Franschhoek also has numerous antique shops and local arts and crafts stores, an easy way to while away an afternoon.