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Franschhoek named one of the greatest places in the world

Franschhoek is a picturesque town in the Western Cape, known for its wine farms and its popular ‘hop-on, hop-off’ wine tram. This small town just outside Cape Town has been named one of the greatest places in the world by Time magazine. The publication praised Franchook for being home to the first black-owned wine farm and some of the town’s restaurants.

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How did time compile this list?

To celebrate the opening of the hospitality industry in the wake of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Time Magazine has compiled a list of the world’s 50 best locations. The publication has compiled this list in conjunction with its international correspondents and contributors.

Time highlights that many of the destinations on the list are heading for economic recovery, including Boracay in the Philippines, which was closed to tourists due to the pandemic.

The list also includes Qatar, which will open its doors for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to thousands of spectators in November.

FRANSCHHOEK tops the list

Franschhoek in the Western Cape ranks high on Time magazine’s list of the world’s greatest places, along with destinations such as Detroit in the US, Ahmedabad in India, Nairobi in Kenya and Queenstown in New Zealand. Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park also gets a special mention on the list.

Franschhoek was named a “wine lover’s dream” and the publication praised Klein Goederus, the town’s first black-owned wine farm owned by Paul Siguqa.

Time magazine also praised another wine farm, Dieu Donné Vineyards, which was rated 4.9 by wine lovers.

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Mayor of Stellenbosch commends Franschook

In an interview with BusinessTech, Stellenbosch Mayor Gesie van Deventer praised Franschhoek for its “majestic mountains”, wine farms and series of events.

“It’s not hard to see where Franschooek’s allure comes from – from the majestic mountains surrounding the historic village to the endless activities from internationally renowned wine farms to various local businesses,” says van Deventer.

“We are proud to have Franschhoek on this prestigious list and welcome all visitors to our valley with open arms. Their continued support sustains thousands of jobs.”

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