In an attempt to obtain freedom of religion and rest for weary feet, traces from the history from so far as three centuries and more into the past, not only offer the opportunity to follow the footsteps of those who resisted the onslaught of oceans from far outside the Cape of Storms. These brave ones left us an heritage of architecture, culture and knowledge in the wine industry and on the gables of so many Cape Dutch historical homes. Experience of the grief of the slaves and freedom fighters since and after the late part of the 20th century, left an imprint that cannot be deleted.
Awesome relating stories of the joy of shackles being thrown off….right here in the Franschhoek Valley and surrounds, will remain lingering in the air….cannot be blown away by the wild South Eastern in summertime or be dampened by the North Western wind that sometimes storms through the streets and naked vineyards during the winter months.
Embraced by the giant arms of ancient mountain-onlookers which are towering over and around the Valley of the Huguenots – The enchanting village of Franschhoek shares with you the visitor, The love for tantalizing nectar from the succulent berries of the vine; The fragrances of juicy fruit, fresh from the orchards of peach, plum and pear trees; The tastes and smells of food on the palate of not only the connoisseur of cuisine, but also the ordinary lover of good food to be enjoyed in the many top restaurants in and around the village .