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14 09, 2017

Which Franschhoek Wine Tram Route Should You Take For The Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience?

September 14th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Which Franschhoek Wine Tram Route Should You Take For The Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience?

When selecting a wine tram route, it isn’t really about making the “wrong” choice as much as it is about picking the best option for you. Everybody has different tastes and craves different experiences and this is exactly why we have six different routes to choose from as well as a curated wine tour. Before we choose a wine tram route, let’s look at what the wine tram is all about.

The wine tram has been operational since 2012, transporting wine lovers from wine farm to wine farm while teaching them about the history of Franschhoek as well as wine making in South Africa. This unique experience enables tourists (and locals) to visit wine estates at a leisurely pace while indulging in the beauty nature has to offer. It’s no secret that the Franschhoek Valley hosts some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa, if not the whole world. Rolling vineyards and magnificent mountains paired with exquisite wines and fine cuisine – what better way to spend your day?

Wine Tram Routes

You can expect to visit the following Wine Estates.

Orange Line

Noble Hill – Olive oil tasting

Babylonstoren – Cellar tour (pre-booked)

Backsberg – Cheese, Chocolate and Nougat pairings

Glen Carlou – Art Gallery

Solms Delta – Picnics

Vrede en Lust – Lindt Chocolate Pairing

Plaisir De Merle – Fudge Pairing

Allee Bleue – Wine & Cheese Pairing

Purple Line

Vrede en Lust – Lindt Chocolate Pairing

Plaisir De Merle – Fudge Pairing

Allee Bleue – Wine & Cheese Pairing

Noble Hill – Olive oil tasting

Babylonstoren – Cellar tour (pre-booked)

Backsberg – Cheese, Chocolate and Nougat pairings

Glen Carlou – Art Gallery

Solms Delta – Picnics

Blue Line

Mont Rochelle – Canapés and Cellar Tour (pre-booked)

Le Lude – Cap Classique and Champagne Journey

La Bri – Chocolate Pairing, Turkish Delight Pairing, Biltong Experience

La Bourgogne – Olive and olive oil tasting

Holden Manz – Picnic (pre-booked)

La Couronne – Pizza Pairing

Rickety Bridge – Cheese Platter

Grande Provence – Wine Blending (pre-booked)

Green Line

Rickety Bridge – Cheese Platter

Grande Provence – Wine Blending (pre-booked)

Mont Rochelle – Canapés and Cellar Tour (pre-booked)

Le Lude – Cap Classique and Champagne Journey

La Bri – Chocolate Pairing, Turkish Delight Pairing, Biltong Experience

La Bourgogne – Olive and olive oil tasting

Holden Manz – Picnic (pre-booked)

La Couronne – Pizza Pairing

Red Line

Maison – Premium Pairing

Eikehof – Cheese & Meat Platters

Leopard’s Leap – Culinary Food & Wine Pairing (Fridays at noon)

Chamonix – Cellar tour (pre-booked)

Dieu Donne – Cellar Tour (pre-booked)

Franschhoek Cellar – Chocolate Pairing, Cheese Pairing

Rickety Bridge – Cheese Platter

Grande Provence – Wine Blending (pre-booked)

Yellow Line

Rickety Bridge – Cheese Platter

Grande Provence – Wine Blending (pre-booked)

Maison – Premium Pairing

Eikehof – Cheese & Meat Platters

Leopard’s Leap – Culinary Food & Wine Pairing (Fridays at noon)

Chamonix – Cellar tour (pre-booked)

Dieu Donne – Cellar Tour (pre-booked)

Franschhoek Cellar – Chocolate Pairing, Cheese Pairing

As you can see there is no wrong or right route – it all depends on the experience you wish to have. Visit winetram.co.za today and select the Wine Tram Route that works for you!

 

 

28 08, 2017

The Franschhoek Wine Tram Is One Of The Must Do Cape Town Attractions To Add To Your Itinerary

August 28th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on The Franschhoek Wine Tram Is One Of The Must Do Cape Town Attractions To Add To Your Itinerary

If you’ve never been to Franschhoek, I feel sorry for you since you are definitely missing out! Franschhoek might well be the most beautiful little town in Cape Town, if not the entire world. Surrounded by mountains and vineyards, this little gem has so much to offer any visitor.

With its history dating back more than 300 years, when the first French refugees settled here, the culture of Franschhoek is rich and diverse. Walking through the main street, you’ll find many art galleries, gift shops and world-class eateries. When looking for a place to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice since this place is bestowed with many award-winning restaurants, such as The French Connection Bistro, Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar, Tuk Tuk Microbrewery as well as many others.

Have a once in a lifetime experience on the Wine Tram

Once you’ve made your way through town, it’s time for a once in a lifetime experience – The Franschhoek Wine Tram. Also classed as one of Cape Town’s most unique attractions, you’ll be experiencing wine tasting like you’ve never had before. From inside an open-air tram and bus, you’ll be travelling from one Wine farm to the next, taking in the beauty the Franschhoek Valley has to offer. You’ll be accompanied by a guide who will tell you all about the history of Franschhoek as well as the individual Wine Estates.

Select the best Wine Tram route for you

You have an option between six different wine tram routes that will each take you to specific Wine Estates where you can learn more about the art of winemaking, do a wine tasting and have lunch if you wish to do so. Some of the Estates include Babylonstoren, Solms Delta, Mont Rochelle, Rickety Bridge and many others. Since this is a hop-on-hop-off tour, you can spend some time on each estate to get acquainted and even take a stroll through the vineyards. I simply cannot think of a better way to spend a day!

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a Cape Town attraction that should be on everybody’s bucket list, whether you are a local or visiting Cape Town for the first time. Transport yourself to heaven by spending time in Franschhoek and make memories you can carry with you forever!

13 08, 2017

Get The Most Out Of Your Franschhoek Wine Tours By Taking The Wine Tram

August 13th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Get The Most Out Of Your Franschhoek Wine Tours By Taking The Wine Tram

Franschhoek. Need I say more? This little piece of heaven is situated approximately 75km from Cape Town. Visitors come from all over the world to experience what this place has to offer. And what might that be? Only countless world-class restaurants, award-winning Wine Estates, charming art galleries and breathtaking scenery.

As if that isn’t enough, how about a unique wine tasting experience –  the Wine Tram. There simply is no better way to do Franschhoek Wine Tours than by Tram.

What is a Wine Tram?

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is an open-air tram (and bus) that will take you from one Wine Estate to the next (depending on your route) in order for you to do tastings of the best wine you’ve ever had in your life. On this relaxed journey, you’ll have time to experience everything Franschhoek has to offer such as the beauty of rolling vineyards framed by mountains. You’ll obtain knowledge about the history of Franschhoek as well as the history of winemaking combined with a cellar tour.

When it’s time for lunch, you can choose which Wine Estate Restaurant offers the most appetising menu and spend time walking through the vineyards afterwards. Since the Wine Tram is hop-on-hop-off, you won’t have to worry about getting left behind – you can just take the next tram.

What Wine Estates will I be visiting?

It is totally up to you which Wine Estates you visit since you can choose from six different routes. Some of the Wine Estates include Vrede en Lust, Allee Bleue, Grande Provence and many others. If you are looking for a curated wine tasting experience, we can help with that as well! But be sure to book well in advance as there are only 7 spots available in such a tour. You also have an option to book group tours that include a minimum of 20 people. So if you’re celebrating a birthday and you’re looking for a unique way to do it, why not book a group tour on the Wine Tram.

Franschhoek Wine Tours have never been this much fun. Share a tram with 31 other people and experience Franschhoek in an unusual, yet marvellous way. Learn all there is to know about winemaking in South Africa, from the varieties of grapes we grow to the science behind the final (and delicious) product.

Visit winetram.co.za today to book your tour today!

30 07, 2017

Cape Town Day Tours: Why The Wine Tram Is The Best Way To Do Wine Tasting In Franschhoek

July 30th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Cape Town Day Tours: Why The Wine Tram Is The Best Way To Do Wine Tasting In Franschhoek

Maybe we’re biased but we believe that South African wines are right up there with the best wines in the world. And when you come to Cape Town we’ll be more than happy to prove it!

There are so many things you just have to do in Cape Town, from climbing Table Mountain to having a lazy day on one of our beautiful beaches to tasting wine in South Africa’s only wine valley. With so many companies offering day tours in Cape Town, one of the tours you should definitely consider is the Wine Tram day tour in Franschhoek.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Wine Tram transports passengers from one Wine Estate to the next offering a hop-on-hop-off experience so you’ll won’t be pressed for time. You can spend an hour or two at each Estate which is enough time to do a wine tasting, learn more about the winemaking process, take a tour through the cellar and perhaps a stroll through the vineyards. If you choose to stay for lunch, don’t stress about time, just relax, enjoy and take the next tram once you are finished.

What about the rest of Franschhoek?

Franschhoek is located 75 km east of Cape Town. This little town is over 300 years old and is influenced by French culture since it was French refugees who settled here three centuries ago. Franschhoek is also the food capital of South Africa with over 40 world-class restaurants offering cuisine you can only dream about. The main street is lined with trees, fascinating art galleries and gift shops.

Once you’ve made your way down the main road, you’ll walk right into the Huguenot Memorial Museum, reminding us of the French settlers during the seventeenth century.

Beyond the borders of the town, lies the remarkable rolling vineyards framed by majestic mountains. You’ll be able to enjoy this view while journeying on the open-air tram and bus. What better way can there exist to experience Franschhoek to its fullest? In our books, there aren’t any other Cape Town Attractions that come close.

Visit winetram.co.za today and select one of our six available wine tram routes. You might need to book in advance since the wine tram can be fully booked for days on end. Once you’ve made your booking, make your way to the enchanting Franschhoek. If transport is a problem, we can arrange for pickup and drop-off anywhere in Cape Town.

15 07, 2017

How to Survive Your First Wine Tram Experience

July 15th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How to Survive Your First Wine Tram Experience

One of Cape Town’s finest wine routes, Franschhoek, homes some of the country’s oldest wine farms, making it one of this summer’s top activities to enjoy. Some of the most celebrated wine farms in the region include La Motte, The Franschhoek Cellar, Vrede en Lust, to name a few.

With so much to do within the Franschhoek region, why not take a day trip on the Franschhoek wine tram and visit some of the Cape’s best wine farms? As there are numerous routes on offer, it’s almost impossible not to meet the needs of a wine-loving couple, small or large group.

What to Include in Your Backpack?

As there is a good chance you’ll spend most of the day between the various wine farms, you should ensure you pack in sunscreen, and to apply it often to exposed areas of your skin in order to avoid getting sunburned.

It’s also important to ensure you pack your sunglasses and a hat in for the wine tour, as the glare of the relentless African sun can do a real number on you. Should it be a bit colder than anticipated, it is always a good idea to keep a light jersey in your bag, so should you get cold, you have something to put over your shoulders.

Remember to Eat

Another important aspect to surviving your first wine tram is to remember to eat. While you move from one wine farm to the next, you should try to ensure that you are eating something small at every stop to help soak up the wine. As you are drinking alcohol, this will ensure that you always have food in your system and you will be able to fully maximise your time on the wine tram.

Charge Those Batteries

As you travel through the various wine farms as well as the wine tram, you will navigate through some of the best views Franschhoek has to offer. Make sure you’re able to embrace the moment and allow the memory to remain there and check you have your camera’s batteries charged, so you can take the perfect shot and capture those special moments. The same goes for your smartphone.

Who to Share the Experience with

As the tram can seat up to 32 people across eight benches, why not include some of your friends and family on the Franschhoek Wine Tram adventure with you? This means many people can share the experience with you.

Bookings Are Essential

There’s nothing more devastating than being unable make a booking because there’s no space left. With Summer fast approaching, bookings for the Franschhoek Wine Tram are essential, not only does this ensure a secure booking but it allows others to experience the same joy as we did.

8 07, 2017

How to Choose the Perfect Wine Tram Route

July 8th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How to Choose the Perfect Wine Tram Route

The Festive Season is fast approaching, and with the weather being as good as it usually is in Cape Town during the month of December, it’s time to start locking down those summer plans. If you’re hosting international guests who have never been on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, you’ll have many options when it comes to choosing a route to follow.

The Blue Route

The blue wine route consists of eight stops, departing at 10 AM from the ticket office daily. From there, the various stops include Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge Platform as well as Grande Provence Platform.

Between these wine farms, there are a number of activities you can enjoy. Of these activities include cellar tours, picnics, high teas, chocolate pairing, olive tasting, boules as well as enjoying the food at the variety on offer.

The Red Route

If you’re looking for a slightly later start to the day on the wine tour, why not take the Franschhoek Wine Trams Red Route which departs at 10.30 daily. Stopping off at the Maison, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Franschhoek Cellar, Rickety Bridge Platform as well as Grande Provence Platform there are so many things you can enjoy.

Some of the activities you can enjoy include cheese, chocolate and biltong tasting. Most of the wine farms on this route include a dedicated area for children which means, the parents can relax and enjoy a few quiet moments.

The Purple Route

The purple route homes some of Franschhoek’s finest wine farms and has a number of stops throughout the day. Whether you’re looking to stop off at all the wine farms or if you want only to do a few stops, the purple wine tram route offers the most flexibility.

Some of the activities you can enjoy on the purple route include garden walks, Lindt chocolate pairing, olive oil and olive tasting, onsite spa, fudge pairing and the social history museum to name a few.

 Eat, Drink and Be Merry With The Franschhoek Wine Tram

There’s also the green and yellow route, which is equally as lovely as the routes mentioned above. It includes a combination of fun activities that will keep you and your family entertained. Why not hop onto the Franschhoek Wine Tram and eat, drink and be merry this festive season?

1 07, 2017

5 Tips For Planning A Trip On The Franschhoek Wine Tram

July 1st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on 5 Tips For Planning A Trip On The Franschhoek Wine Tram

Summer is fast approaching, and for some, this is the perfect time to start preparing for the many adventures to be had with friends. Planning a day trip to Franschhoek for can become quite overwhelming if you don’t have a solid plan in place.

Avoid this from happening, and plan a successful weekend away. Here are some handy tips to consider when finalising your Franschhoek wine tram arrangements:

1.Bookings are essential

As the warmer weather approaches, most places will book up quite fast, and seating is limited. The Franschhoek wine tram is an eight and a half hour adventure that moves between Franschhoek and Cape Town. By securing your booking, you’ll ensure that you have sufficient resources for the day to cover your food and drinks.

  1. There is nothing wrong with getting started early

Get your friends to meet up early on the wine tram to get great seats and that you’re able to enjoy the views as you hop on and off in and around Franschhoek. By getting an early start, there’s a much better chance of a particular wine being available for tasting and purchase.

  1. Ensure you have transport arranged

Whether or not you’re anticipating a late night, arranging transportation for you and your friends ensure you won’t  have to worry about it while on the wine tram. It’s important to ensure you remain responsible and don’t drink and drive.

  1. Plan your meals

As you start your wine tour early, it’s important to make sure you plan your meals and don’t drink on an empty stomach. While hopping off the wine tram, visit some of the great restaurants and give the local food a try. Ensure the restaurants you’re choosing match up with the wine that you are drinking, for that extra bit of tasty enjoyment.

  1. Have a game plan

It’ll be worth your while to do some research on the wine farms on the tram, and picking your potential favourites ahead of time. This’ll make it easier to know which farms to invest a lot of your time in, and which ones to take it easy with.

These are only a few tips for planning a successful wine tram in Franschhoek. Look forward to enjoying some of the world’s most celebrated wines as you explore the beautiful region with your friends and loved ones. Book and secure your wine tram today and guarantee your spot.

24 06, 2017

4 Exciting Things To Do In Franschhoek

June 24th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on 4 Exciting Things To Do In Franschhoek

Looking for activities to do over a weekend with the family, and don’t know where to start? Why not plan a day trip to Franschhoek and explore the many activities it has to offer.

As there’s so much on offer from wine trams to chocolate tasting, the motor museum, art galleries and so much more, there is little room for disappointment.

#1 The Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers a number of hop-on, hop-off tours that all run through different routes. Not only do you get to enjoy the Cape’s best scenery as you move through the vineyards, but you also get to experience good food and wine.

The hop-on, hop-off tours allow for you to pick the route of your choice and then to sit back and relax as you get an introduction into what the Franschhoek wine valley has to offer. You can also hop-off at the different wine farms on the route where you have the opportunity to go on a cellar tour, enjoy a scrumptious meal or even enjoy a walk through the vineyards.

#2 Huguenot Fine Chocolates

If you’re looking to pair the bottle of wine you bought with of the Cape’s finest chocolates, why not head on over to Huguenot Fine Chocolates? It’s a five-minute walk from the start of the Franschhoek wine tram and offers a mouth-watering range of dark, milk or white chocolates.

These chocolates also make for the perfect gift as they offer themed chocolates. Why not head on over and pick up some festive season chocolates to give your significant other with a bottle of wine from a wine farm you visited while on the wine tram?

#3 The Franschhoek Motor Museum

A mere 15-minute drive from the start of the Franschhoek Wine Tram is the Franschhoek Motor Museum, which offers guests the opportunity to view over 100 years of motor history.

You will find numerous collections of vehicles, bicycles as well as motorcycles on display. Although you are only able to visit the museum by appointment, so why not schedule your viewing before heading on your wine tour?

#4 The Franschhoek Art House

If you’re in search of something to do that’s slow-paced, why not head on over to the Franschhoek Art House? As it is within walking distance of the Franschhoek Wine Tram, it’s the perfect activity for those who want to admire a different kind of scenery than on the wine tram.

17 06, 2017

Why You Should Add The Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour To Your Bucket List

June 17th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Why You Should Add The Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour To Your Bucket List

Taste South African wine and relish the Cape Winelands scenery throughout this 8.5-hour wine tram adventure around Franschhoek from Cape Town. Travel inside an open-air bus and open-sided tram to check out some of this wine region’s most reputed wineries. Stop for two wine tastings en route.

What You Can Expect

Get collected at your hotel or other accommodation in central Cape Town and transferred to the picturesque Franschhoek Valley in the middle of the Cape Winelands.

A trip on the wine tram is similar to time travel as you’ll be transported about in a Victorian-style tram overflowing with good old fashioned etiquette.  At check in office, you’ll receive a ticket with your name on it and later on the friendly and polite employees will do everything possible to ensure you have the time of your life. Guided tours and blankets when the weather conditions are harsh will make you feel at home immediately.

Climb into the Franschhoek Wine Tram to journey through this exquisite countryside, with charming vineyards and historical wine estates. The tram operates in a circle, with regular stops at wineries, so you’re able to hop off whenever you want to go on a wine cellar tour, enjoy a wine tasting, take a stroll through a vineyard, or to enjoy a delicious lunch. When you’re ready to carry on your tour, just hop back on the next tram.

During your wine tram experience, discover the history of the French Huguenots who established this area more than 300 years ago. Learn about how they set up vineyards and wineries here according to their expertise in French wine-making. These days, the wines of the Franschhoek Valley are exclusive representations of South Africa’s viticulture heritage.

From full-bodied reds wines to light whites and sparkling wine, you’ll manage to taste an impressive selection in one day for as low as R20-R50 per farm. Also, a lot of the farms supply cheese and meat platters, with a few even offering chocolate, Turkish delight and pizza pairings together with the wine. Please note: Two wine tastings are included in this package. All other food and drinks are at your own expense.

The unique experience of visiting wine farms in an open tram is much more exciting and convenient than renting a car. Experiencing the fresh air on your face and enjoying unmatched views of the area is an unforgettable experience.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram flawlessly fuses breath-taking scenery and world-class wines for an incredible hop-on-hop-off experience in the idyllic Franschhoek area. Book your memorable Wine Tram experience today!

10 06, 2017

Which Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour Is Right For You?

June 10th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Which Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour Is Right For You?

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is among the best ways to uncover the real flavour of the Franschhoek Valley – idyllic vineyards, heavenly scenery, warm hospitality, world-class food, high-quality wines and a 300-year heritage.

A combination of tram and tram-bus conveys passengers around a circle of stops enabling them to hop-off at every stop and discover the activities being offered, be it wine tasting, lunch, a cellar tour, or a walk through the vineyards and once they’re ready, hop-on to carry on with the tour.

When exploring the majestic valley of Franschhoek on the Wine Tram, you have a few different options to choose from. Each line visits various Wine Estates and showcases different areas of Franschhoek.

Blue line and Green line:

These routes showcase Franschhoek’s breath-taking mountain views while stopping at the following  Boutique wine estates:

Blue Line:

  • Mont Rochelle
  • Le Lude
  • La Bri
  • La Bourgogne
  • Holden Manz
  • La Couronne
  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence

Green line:

  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence
  • Mont Rochelle
  • Le Lude
  • La Bri
  • La Bourgogne
  • Holden Manz
  • La Couronne

The primary difference between the Green and Blue Line is with the Blue line you will begin with our Tram-busses and finish the tour on the Tram. With the Green Line, you start out on the Tram and end of your tour on the Tram-busses.  The lunch stop would also affect your choice as to pick Blue or Green.

Red Line and Yellow Line:

These two tours showcase Franschhoek’s impressive rolling vineyards while stopping at the following Internationally known wine estates:

Red Line:

  • Maison
  • Eikehof
  • Leopard’s Leap
  • Chamonix
  • Dieu Donne
  • Franschhoek Cellar
  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence

Yellow Line:

  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence
  • Maison
  • Eikehof
  • Leopard’s Leap
  • Chamonix
  • Dieu Donne
  • Franschhoek Cellar

As with the Blue and Green lines, the main difference between the red and yellow lines are the starting point. With the Red line, you will start with our Tram-busses and end the tour on the Tram and with the Yellow line you commence on the Tram and end of your tour on the Tram-busses.

Purple Line:

The Purple Line operates solely on the tram-bus and showcases the western region of the scenic Franschhoek Valley stopping at the following exquisite wine estates:

  • Boschendal
  • Vrede en Lust
  • Noble Hill
  • Babylonstoren
  • Plaisir de Merle
  • Allée Bleue
  • Solms-Delta

The wine tram is a convenient and trouble free way of doing the rounds of many of the wineries in the Franschhoek valley, and regardless of the route you take, you are guaranteed to have an excellent time.

 

 

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Transfers from Cape Town / Airport:

Transfers are exclusive to each booking, direct door-to-door and can be arranged to accommodate an extended stay over in Franschhoek at no additional cost.

Transfers start at R550 per person which includes return transfer (based on two people booking) and can be added during the booking process to any of our experiences. Please note that transfers must be booked no later than 5:00 pm, the day before departure.

Purchase Tickets:

ORANGE LINE TICKET
PURPLE LINE TICKET

Adult: R220 / Child (3-17) R90

Adult: R220 / Child (3-17) R90

BLUE LINE TICKET
GREEN LINE TICKET

Adult: R220 / Child (3-17) R90

Adult: R220 / Child (3-17) R90

RED LINE TICKET
YELLOW LINE TICKET

Adult: R220 / Child (3-17) R90

Adult: R220 / Child (3-17) R90

CURATED WINE EXPERIENCE
GROUP WINE EXPERIENCE

Adult: R1050

Adult: R195 / Child (3-17) R80

  • Please Note: The tour is strictly a wine tasting experience and does not host celebration events such as birthdays or bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Please Note: Passenger safety is our utmost priority and any passengers exhibiting signs of intoxication will be asked to leave the tour immediately