Holden Manz Wine Estate
Situated at the top of the picturesque Franschhoek valley with spectacular mountain views, Holden Manz Wine Estate lies nestled amongst a selection of wine farms. This 22 hectare winery can be found between the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers (a mere 30 kilometers from Stellenbosch and 60 minutes drive away from Cape Town) and features lovely fertile, dark loam soils, a Mediterranean climate and a state-of-the-art winery.
Franschhoek was founded in 1688 by desperate French Huguenots escaping persecution in Europe. The fertile land with its magnificent scenery was given to the settlers by the Dutch government and originally named “Olifantshoek” after the vast elephant herds that once roamed this part of South Africa. Later on the name changed to “Le Coin Français” meaning “French Corner” which finally became Franschhoek (the Dutch word for “French Corner”). Most of the original farms still exist today with their historic Cape Dutch-style farm houses intact and have been developed into the renowned wineries that we see today.
Art is paramount at Holden Manz, and the estate offers the ‘Holden Manz Collection’ - a gallery situated in the centre of Franschhoek that features fine contemporary African art. The gallery holds regular exhibitions, as well as featuring a resident selection from renowned artists such as Cecil Skotnes, Karin Miller, Simon Annand, Marie Stander, Stuart Redler and André Villiers.
Today this five-star wine estate includes the renowned Franschhoek Kitchen restaurant that serves up beautiful South African inspired dishes, the luxurious Holden Manz Country House and a world-class wellness spa.