Grande Provence Wine Estate wears her 300-year history with dignity. Nestled in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 47 acres. Rolling vistas frame the valley floor and heighten the drama of the rugged mountains beyond. Barely a one-hour drive from Cape Town, this is heartland South African Wine Country at its very finest.
Lose yourself in this French corner of the Cape. Franschhoek has a unique feel of little Europe and is known as the Food and Wine Capital of the Cape. Enjoy the wine estates, many restaurants and other local mouthwatering delights that tantalize taste buds. Feel the history amongst the museums that document the French Huguenot exodus to Africa.
After many years of ruthless persecution as heretics by the Catholic church, a large contingency of Huguenots fled France and sailed for The Cape of Good Hope on the 31st December 1681. The Huguenots were French Protestants who were member's of the Reformed Church which was established in 1550 by John Calvin. François Villion and the brothers François and Guillaume du Toit had however already settled in the Drakenstein valley in an area they named Franschhoek.
This large scale emigration was a boon to the growing colony as many of the French emigrants were tradesmen and experienced wine farmers. The Dutch East India Company loaned tools, seed and other assistance to those who wished to farm, with view to there being a trade return.
Many of the now well known South African surnames bare witness to this heritage – de Klerk (Le Clercq), de Villiers,Visagie (Visage), du Plessis, du Toit, Fourie, Fouche, Giliomee (Guilliaume), Hugo, Joubert, and Labuschagne (la Buscagne), le Roux, Malan, Malherbe, Marais, Theron, Jordaan (Jurdan) and Viljoen (Villon), Blignaut, TerBlanche.
How to get to Grande Provence
From Cape Town (+/– one hour)
Take the N1 highway to Paarl. Take exit number 55 Paarl-Main Road/Franschhoek. Turn right at the bottom of the exit and drive for 1.3 km, passing under the N1 highway. Turn left into the R45 to Franschhoek at the Franschhoek sign. Then, please follow the map above.
From Stellenbosch (+/– 30 minutes)
Take the Helshoogte Pass (R310) toward Franschhoek (+/– 16km). As you make your way over the pass, you will drive through the village of Pniel. Towards the end of the pass you will see Boschendal Wine Estate on your right hand side and cross a railway line before reaching a T-junction. At the T-junction, turn right onto the R45 to Franschhoek. Then, please follow the map above.
Our main entrance coordinates are:
S 33º 53’ 57.6”
E 19º 06’ 10.5”
The Owner’s Cottage coordinates are:
S 33º 54’ 0.6”
E 19º 06’ 4.9”
Our helipad coordinates are:
S 33º 54’ 20”
E 19º 06’ 08”