The Franschhoek Cellar, a beautiful asset to the Stellenbosch wine route, combines the charms of leisurely country life with the elegance of a world class venue.
Enjoy wine tastings paired with Belgian chocolate or handmade cheese. Dine on alfresco style lunches in our fabulous garden, or sip on an artisanal beer in our bistro & beer garden.
The Franschhoek Cellar has a special selection of unique event venues within the space to ensure we host your most memorable occasion.
The wine estate was built in 1920 by the legendary John Winshaw, founder of Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery, but became the property of the Castle Wine and Brandy Company in 1930 when Winshaw’s winemaking business faltered in the great depression.
In 1945, a group of local farmers of the Franschhoek Co-op Wine Cellar started selling their wines under the brands of Franschhoek Cellar, Franschhoek Vineyards, and La Cotte. When construction of the winery completed in 1947, the co-operative cellar eventually bought the derelict Castle Wine and Brandy Company building as a storage facility, transforming it into a tasting venue and eatery in 1985.
In 1995, the co-op became Franschhoek Cellars, an independent company with 32 shareholders, and was purchased by DGB in 2008. In 2014, the building was totally transformed into a sophisticated tasting venue housing several wine brands and offering various eating options.
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