Personally I love winter in Franschhoek. It is quiet, the air is soft, the temperatures are crisp and full of energy, the world is green and the fynbos is a blaze of colour. Even in the wettest months of May, June, July and August, 20 days or more of the month are rain-free.
On clear days the dramatic mountains that hold the valley in their hands show more contrast than they do in the sun-washed-out, summer days. It turns the most beautiful wine country in the world into an even more magical wonderland. The water in the multitude of streams babbles over the rocks. The workers, pruning the vines in the vineyards, reflect the agrarian nature of the valley.
In the coldest winter month Franschhoek temperatures vary from lows of 3 C to highs of 17 C. As I write this, with a glass of red wine in my hands, I see, on TV, the mid-summer temperature in Leeds in England is 17 C and the spectators at a sporting event are huddled under plastic sheets and umbrellas.
And should it rain one can visit the winemakers in their cellars. In winter they will have time to share with you tales about their wine or where they are going fishing. To crown it all it is cheaper, less frenetic and there is plenty of space to relax, unwind and reflect. For us it makes Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House a nicer place as we have more time to share stories with our guests.
The graph shows average amount of days (24h) with precipitation during a month. When precipitation has surpassed 1mm per day (24h) it is defined as a day with precipitation. The mean period is 1961–1990