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Just southeast of Paarl, Franschhoek is located in one of the world's most beautiful wine valleys. The city was founded in 1688 by Huguenots who, because of religious persecution, had to flee from France. They soon realised the similarities in climate compared to the wine regions in their home country and today, over 300 years later, white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir and most wines in between are produced here.

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The French heritage is evident in the many cafes, French restaurants, bistros, boutiques and galleries that line the main street. The city is also the South Africa's "food and wine capital" – many of the country's hundred best restaurants are here!

Recently a wine route was launched that within a distance of four kilometres takes you to nine wine cellars, where you can learn more about the making of "Méthode Cap Classique", i.e. sparkling wine produced by a second fermentation process that takes place in the bottle.
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