The future of Franschhoek

Terroir or winemaking? As Jamie Goode reports, the age-old question has divided Franschhoek.

Looking across Franschhoek
Looking across Franschhoek

The most scenic route from Cape Town Airport to Franschhoek runs through the town of Stellenbosch: follow the road over the Helshoogte Pass and then turn right. A valley is revealed, surrounded on either side by vineyards framed by mountains. This is Franschhoek, where thousands of tourists flock each summer, to enjoy the gastronomic and wine capital of the Western Cape. It’s a beautiful spot, and despite its popularity still manages to retain a tranquil, elite air. 

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