Franschhoek Journals

Franschhoek - "Un petit peux de France" in the Cape Winelands

A travel journal to Franschhoek by MiriamMannak

Quote: In 1688 200 Huguenot families, French Protestants persecuted because of their religion, arrived in Cape Town. The VOC gave them land known as Olifants Hoek (Elephants Corner) due to the vast herds of elephants roaming the area. The name was soon changed in Franschhoek (French Corner).

Huguenot Memorial Museum

Attraction | "Huguenot Memorial Museum & Monument"

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The Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Huguenot Monument in Frenchhoek, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, commemorate the French refugees who fled religious persecution and ended up in to South Africa. In 1685, France outlawed Protestantism, and as a result, many hundreds of protestants (Huguenots) fled their country. Many of them ended up in The Netherlands. At a certain point, the Dutch government gave these French dissidents the opportunity to start over once again. In South Africa, this time, having nothing to lose, about 200 Huguenots took their chance. They arrived in Cape Town in 1688. They were given land in Oliphantshoek (Elephant Corner), a valley that was the home of vast herds ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2005

Huguenot Memorial Museum
PO Box 37
Franschhoek, South Africa 7690
+27 21 8762532

La Motte Wine Estate

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La Motte wine farm in Franschhoek is definitely one of my favourite wine estates. The surroundings are beautiful, just like the estate itself. And the wines are absolutely great. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the tasting room. The room where you get to taste five different wines for R15 (±2 euro) is quite cold, distant, and too formal. One does not get too much explanation and information about the wines you taste, which is a true downside. Luckily, the fantastic wines sort of make it up for that.La Motte’s heritage goes back to 1695 and was once, during a short period of time, owned by colonialist and diamond baron Sir Cecil John Rhodes.Another reason why I am quite...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2005

La Motte Wine Estate
Franschhoek Valley
Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek - A Bit of History

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Despite being smaller than Stellenbosch, the Franschhoek Wine route is nevertheless impressing. The 30 wine estates are amongst the best in the world. To name a few, there are La Motte, Chamonix and l’ Ormarins, and Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons. Meaning French Corner, Franschhoek was founded in 1688 by the Huguenots, French protestants who fled their country for their religious beliefs. The majority of these political refugees ended up in The Netherlands. In the late 17th century, when the Dutch government decided to colonise the Cape instead of using it as a replenishment stop, the Dutch government offered a couple of hundreds of Huguenots a new life in South Africa. ...Read More
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Franschhoek is most known for its wine industry. The wine route counts some of the most exclusive wine estates. Like in Stellenbosch and Paarl, these wine estates are open for tastings and cellar tours. Again, some of the estates are closed on Sundays.Just two of the cellars you can visit are la Motte and Boschendal. Have a tasting and book a cellar tour, where experts explain you exactly all the phases of the art of winemaking. So, if you want to relax, enjoy great food, and treat yourself to a great bottle of wine, Franschhoek is the place to be!The best thing about wine tasting is that you, for a small fee, can taste the best wines of South Africa or even in the world. Some of the ...Read More

About the Writer

MiriamMannak

MiriamMannak
Cape Town, South Africa