The Franschhoek Valley is home to some of the oldest and most distinguished wine estates in South Africa, many of which have been carrying on the age old tradition of wine making in the area for over 300 years. It was the arrival of the French Huguenots fleeing persecution in their homeland that saw the planting of the first of these vineyards after finding to their joy that this beautiful valley was the perfect setting in which they could continue to cultivate wine, even this far from home.
The Franschhoek Valley wine farms attract millions of visitors each year, ready to explore a little slice of heaven for food and wine lovers, with a plethora of wine estates surrounding the quaint village of Franschhoek and a history that is evident in the architecture and restaurants it is home to.
An extra-special addition to the Franschhoek Valley is the Franschhoek Wine Tram, taking visitors on a leisurely trip through the scenic beauty of this region in open-air trams and open-air buses that do a loop around a variety of wine estates. The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers visitors a unique opportunity to stop-off at various wine estates along the line, with time enough to explore the different experiences offered by each estate before hopping-on to the tram again headed to the next destination.
At each stop visitors have time to sample the wines at the various estates, take wine cellar tours and enjoy lunch or a picnic at wine estates that boast world class cuisine. If you have decided you would like to picnic at one of the stops along the way, be sure to let the Franschhoek Wine Tram team know in advance and it will all be organised for you.
The hospitality of the people who live in this region is legendary, the warmth of the welcome you can look forward to will remain with you long after you have left! The Franschhoek Wine Tram team is just as welcoming and helpful; they will arrange exclusive and direct transfers for you from Cape Town and surrounding areas, including the airport, leaving you free to sit back and relax while they introduce you to this beautiful valley.
Visit the Franschhoek Wine Tram website to browse through the experience or contact the team to make your booking for an extraordinary introduction to the Franschhoek wine valley!