Franschhoek – the ‘French Corner’ – is one of the oldest wine regions in the Cape, as famous for its elegant estates as the menu of bistros and restaurants on offer.
Leave Cape Town early to allow time for a visit to Babylonstoren, where the remarkable gardens can be explored on your own or with a guided tour. Grab coffee and pastries at Boschendal, and wander through the on-site art gallery and excellent farm deli.
Next, head for Franschhoek itself, where the main street is lined with bistros and boutiques, all leading towards the striking Huguenot Monument.
There are many award-winning cellars in and around town – consider visiting a few on the Franschhoek Wine Tram – but Haute Cabriere is a must for its remarkable valley views.