Frustrated that their valley is not always taken seriously as a wine appellation, a number of producers are prouder than ever to put Wine of Origin Franschhoek on their bottles. Joanne Gibson reports...
Franschhoek: know your vintages
Challenging vintage but good for early-ripening grapes. Wines of generally lower alcohols.
Excellent for Chardonnay and Rhône varieties; good acidity and ripeness.
Great white vintage: elegant wines with fruit purity.
Warm vintage, difficult for some. Some big wines.
Excellent vintage with great balance and potential for longevity.