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16 12, 2016

Make memories to last a lifetime with a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

December 16th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Make memories to last a lifetime with a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

Brought back to life in a one-of-a-kind way, the Franschhoek Wine Tram team found a unique way to bring new life to train tracks originally built in 1904 by creating a completely new way of exploring the exquisite Franshhoek Valley and its historical vineyards, some of which have a history that dates back to 300 years ago.

This is an experience of a lifetime that no visitor to the shores of Cape Town should miss, rolling through lush vineyards against a stunning backdrop of some of the most beautiful mountains in South Africa.  It’s not just the journey in the Franschhoek Wine Tram that gives you a taste of Franschhoek Valley from a unique perspective that gives this area the reputation of being one of the premium destinations in the Cape, the town of Franschhoek itself is a mix of history, culture, art, divine food and world renowned wines.

There is definitely something for everyone who wanders down the main street in Franschhoek, from designer clothing to artwork and so much more in a welcoming atmosphere.  After your journey to various wine estates on your Franschhoek Wine Tram trip, loaded with all the goodies that some of these wine estates have in their deli’s, there is no doubt that you will add even more to your bags of goodies to take home once you have spent some time in this picturesque village.

Besides the hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram which takes you to a selection of wine farms along four different lines, you can get a group of friends together to celebrate anything you think worth celebrating on a private Franschhoek Wine Tram tour, which will take you to four wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley to enjoy premium wine tasting of award winning wines along with a stop off for lunch or a picnic.  If you are going to have a group lunch or picnic it is essential to let the Franschhoek Wine Tram team know in advance.

Whether you are taking the Franschhoek Wine Tram as a family, a group or as a single person who enjoys being among like-minded people, make the most of everything this beautiful valley has to offer and leave with memories to last a lifetime.

9 12, 2016

Explore the history of winemaking with a unique trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

December 9th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Explore the history of winemaking with a unique trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram experience has reached the top of a very long list of things to do in Franschhoek and the beautiful valley that is home to award winning wines the world over!  You can definitely get lost in exploring the picturesque town itself with its main street filled with an eclectic mix of shops that will empty your pocket faster than you could imagine, visit any one of the 40 stunning restaurants that make Franschhoek the Food and Wine capital of South Africa or take a tour through the historic Huguenot Monument, but no visit to Franschhoek will be complete without an up close and personal journey through age old vineyards on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

The hop-on hop-off tram or bus passes each stop along the way once an hour, giving you a minimum stay of 1 hour at each of the stops along the line you have chosen. This is a tour you can complete at your leisure but to get the full experience plan on at least three hours so that you can really enjoy exploring a few of the stops.

Because of the popularity of the Franschhoek Wine Tram it is highly recommended that you book in advance due to the limited number of tickets available per day. The Franschhoek Wine Tram seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches and six of them have flip-over tram-style seat backs which allow the passengers to enjoy the view in both directions.

If you really want the full curated wine experience, with only seven spaces available, you will be treated to visits to two wine estates where experienced winemakers will take you on a spellbinding journey through the history of wine and the culture of the Franschhoek Valley and enjoy a two course gourmet lunch at your first wine estate with the winemaker.  You will learn everything there is to know about varieties of grapes and all aspects of viticulture unique to South Africa.

No matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram tour you take, you will understand exactly why this is the most unique way to explore the beauty of the valley and history of winemaking in Franschhoek Valley!

2 12, 2016

Everything you could ever want in a wine tour starts with the Franschhoek Wine Tram!

December 2nd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Everything you could ever want in a wine tour starts with the Franschhoek Wine Tram!

Let the Franschhoek Wine Tram team take you on a narrated journey in their open-air tram and bus through the heartland of the Franschhoek Valley, taking you into the history and background of each of the wine estates along the way, some of which are 300 years old, lovingly tended by passionate vintners who have had many generations before them who lived and dreamed of creating perfect wines, passing their passion on to the next generation to ensure the quality remains at the height of perfection.

Whether it is a dry white wine, a rich red wine, sparkling wine or a boutique wine for something completely different, you will find that there is a wine for every connoisseur at one or more of the stops along the Franschhoek Wine Tram routes.  You will be visiting wine farms like, Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne and Rickety Bridge among others, which is enough to transport any wine lover to wine heaven!

Talking about heaven, the cuisine waiting for you along the way is definitely right up there with the world renowned quality of the wines, with a different twist at each stop, or should you choose a picnic lunch after a stroll through the vineyards you are welcome to contact the very hospitable team at the Franschhoek Wine Tram to help you plan it all.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram website is absolutely beautiful and user friendly, choca-bloc full of information about the lines you can choose from for your experience, curated wine tours, group wine tours and information about every wine estate you can visit, along with everything from whether there is a restaurant on the estate or picnic facilities to a short history on each.

Make it really easy on yourself by arranging a return airport transfer or assistance with up to date information on accommodation in Franschhoek by contacting this warm, hospitable team at the Franschhoek Wine Tram!

25 11, 2016

Add a hop-on hop-off Wine Tram tour of Franschhoek Valley to your bucket list!

November 25th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Add a hop-on hop-off Wine Tram tour of Franschhoek Valley to your bucket list!

No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to beautiful, historic yet eclectic Franschhoek, especially so if you are a complete wine connoisseur and foodie, because this is where you will find the food and wine capital of South Africa without a doubt.

World class wines from wine estates that have vineyards as old as 300 years, dating back to the first of the French settlers who fell in love with the rich soil and perfect weather which offered them the opportunity to carry on the age old tradition of wine making they had been forced to leave when they fled religious persecution in their homeland.

The result of this long and interesting history, along with all the stories each vintner on the legendary wine estates in Franshhoek Valley is an experience no one should miss, and the Franschhoek Wine Tram team has created one of the most unique ways to experience awe inspiring beauty up close and personal in every way with their open-air tram and open-air bus tours.

You will be treated to a narrated history of each vineyard you travel through, and at each stop along the way you will have the opportunity to taste wines that vary from the oldest to the most unique wines in the world, along with the luxury of having lunch or a picnic at the wine estate of your choice.

The opportunity to experience breathtaking scenery framing the beauty of age old perfectly laid out vineyards combined with the warm hospitality of the team at the Franschhoek Wine Tram and the locals you will meet along the way on your leisurely journey through these beautiful vineyards at each stop on your hop-on and hop-off experience is legendary.

Choose your Wine Tram from the four hop-on hop-off tours offered and get ready to have the experience of a lifetime which quite rightly belongs on any bucket list of things to do in Cape Town!

18 11, 2016

The Franschhoek Wine Tram experience is an unrivalled journey into the history of wine making in Franschhoek.

November 18th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Franschhoek Wine Tram experience is an unrivalled journey into the history of wine making in Franschhoek.

If all you have time for is one day in Franschhoek then part of that day should definitely be spent exploring the Franschhoek Valley wine lands in the open-air Franschhoek Wine Tram!  It’s a pretty sure thing that you will be back to explore every one of the four different routes that the Franschhoek Wine Tram crew have mapped out to indulge yourself in the pleasure of fine wines complimented by outstanding cuisine.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram introduces you to an adventure which takes you back in time to when French Huguenot families first settled in this beautiful valley determined to continue a passion for wine making passed down from generation to generation.  Today, the award winning wines of this region are a testimony of the sheer determination of these families to carry on their age old traditions in a valley that presented them with the soil and climate to create magic.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram crew extend their hospitality and warm welcome to all visitors wanting to enjoy every facet of Franschhoek, from the village and its plethora of restaurants to the wine estates by offering affordable rates for their open-air wine tram experience.  In addition to this, the team will assist you by arranging return transfers from Cape Town, the airport and surrounds so that all you have to do is arrive in Franschhoek with a spirit of adventure and a love of fine wines.

Your leisurely open-air tour through the spectacularly beautiful vineyards in the Franschhoek Wine Tram leaves you with enough time to enjoy the beautiful village of Franschhoek or sample the cuisine created by acclaimed chefs in one of the many restaurants which add to the reason why Franschhoek is considered the Wine and Gourmet capital of South Africa.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram tours take you on a journey which includes stopping off at several wine estates along the line and if you would like to have lunch or a picnic at one of your stops it is recommended that you make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance to make sure that you don’t have to do the tour with an appetite crying for relief!

Join the Franschhoek Wine Tram team to enjoy a journey through the Franschhoek Valley that has no equal.

11 11, 2016

Organised wine cellar tours and conducted tastings are all part of the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.

November 11th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Organised wine cellar tours and conducted tastings are all part of the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.

World class cuisine and fine wines against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery are all hallmarks that contribute to the rare beauty of the Franschhoek Valley, making this one of the most sought after destinations in the heart of the legendary Cape Wine Lands.

French settlers fleeing religious persecution over 300 years ago in their native France fell in love with the rich soil and awe inspiring beauty of this region, which carried with it the promise of a future that would allow these passionate wine makers to continue their age old tradition of producing the finest wines in the world.

The beautiful town of Franschhoek boasts more than 40 restaurants which carry on the longstanding tradition of producing exceptional food to act as the perfect complement to the tradition of winemaking, which has made Franschhoek the Wine and Gourmet capital of South Africa.

Taking The Wine Tram for a journey through the wine lands to stop of at a variety of cellars along the way for conducted tastings will expose you to boutique cellars offering wines to tickle the taste buds of adventurous wine lovers looking for something truly unique in between the stops at the larger cellars for organised tours and conducted tastings.

There are many ways in which to explore the Franschhoek Valley wine estates but none as unique as the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.  Travelling through the breathtaking scenery in the Franschhoek Wine Tram introduces you to a leisurely open air experience, supported by the narration of your guide who will introduce you to the rich history of these vineyards which have been cultivated for hundreds of years.

Offering four different tour lines to choose from, the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience will take you to several of the finest wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley region which will introduce you to a proud heritage which can still be seen and felt today in the region!  Visit the Franschhoek Wine Tram website to take your pick of routes available for an unforgettable day out in Franschhoek.

4 11, 2016

Breathtaking beauty and award winning wines are the foundation of historic Franschhoek.

November 4th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Breathtaking beauty and award winning wines are the foundation of historic Franschhoek.

Delve into the history of wine making in the Franschhoek Valley when you join a narrated tour with Franschhoek Wine Tram through one of the most beautiful wine making regions in an open-air tram, giving you time to savour the birthplace of award winning wines in South Africa.  These same award winning wines combined with the exquisite cuisine which is endemic to this region has made Franschhoek the Wine and Gourmet Capital of South Africa, where visitors across the globe gather together to enjoy the best in food and wine.

The Franschoek Wine Tram has put together a range of open-air tram tours designed to suit all tastes, whether it is a hop-on, hop-off tour which takes you to several distinguished wine estates or group tours which include a visit to four wine estates per tour.

The hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram tours transport passengers around a loop of stops where you can enjoy the experience of several different wine cellars, whether it is to enjoy wine tasting, lunch or a cellar tour and then to hop-on to continue the next leg of your journey.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram curated wine tour will include a visit with an experienced winemaker who will introduce you to more about the history of wine and culture in Franschhoek, ending with a two course gourmet lunch at the estate restaurant with the wine maker.  After this in-depth experience you will visit another two wine estates to enjoy premium wine tastings at each, fully immersing you in the rich tapestry of Franschhoek.

No matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram tour you choose, you will be in for a unique experience which will give you a completely new perspective of the history that has gone into creating the award winning wines to come out of breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Valley.

28 10, 2016

A unique experience in the Franschhoek Valley awaits you with the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

October 28th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A unique experience in the Franschhoek Valley awaits you with the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches which are designed to allow passengers a breathtaking view of the scenic beauty of the Franschhoek Valley wine lands and the majestic mountains that frame this region.  Roll-down transparent awnings ensure that even in inclement weather visitors will be kept warm and comfortable on this adventure into the history of 300 year old vineyards.

Some of South Africa’s most distinguished wine estates line the route of the open-side tram and open-air tram-buses which will take you on a leisurely journey through the beauty of rolling vineyards that have been nurtured lovingly for over 300 years.  Each wine estate you stop at along the way presents a variety of tastes and experiences which will satisfy the palate of the most discerning wine connoisseur.

Where there is good wine there will definitely be great cuisine, and whether you decide to have lunch or a picnic at one of the estates along the route you choose, there is no doubt that you will have the best of both worlds on your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.  Should you decide that you would like to explore any one of the many outstanding restaurants that Franschhoek is famous for after your tour, there is no doubt that it will be well worth waiting for!

Take your pick of any one of the 4 different wine routes the Franschhoek Wine Tram has laid on, each of which take you to different stops at wine estates producing award-winning wines to suit every taste, ranging from plump reds to superb sparkling wines.

The Franschhoek Valley enfolds the age old tradition of wine making in an area of unparalleled beauty that inspires millions of visitors to add it to their bucket list every year, and the Franschhoek Wine Tram team has definitely added a new dimension to the exploration of its history for every visitor looking for a unique experience.

21 10, 2016

Fine Wine and Fabulous Scenery

October 21st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Fine Wine and Fabulous Scenery

Are you looking for a unique and enjoyable day out in the Western Cape region? Allow us to introduce you to the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram experience, which will be enjoyed by young and old alike. The Wine Tram makes for a great day out for a family or a romantic trip for a couple, and if you are passionate about wine then you will have the experience of a lifetime! If you are staying in Cape Town we can eve arrange a direct transfer for you, so you get the best experience possible.

Why the Franschhoek Valley? As you will learn when you take the tour, the region was settled some 300 years ago by French settlers fleeing religious persecution back home, and they chose the location as it offered the ideal situation and climate for growing vines. The estates established back then are still in existence today, and are responsible for some of the very best of South Africa’s wines. What’s more, you can sample them, as the many stops along the circular route allow you to get on and off as you wish, and we give you two complimentary tasting sessions with every adult ticket.

The fine restaurants that are found at many of the wine estates offer a choice of excellent meals, and we recommend you book in advance at your chosen restaurant as dinner tomes can be very popular indeed. Children will enjoy the ride through the valley in the open-sided tram, while the adults can learn about the culture and history of this wine-making paradise, and enjoy the fine views and weather. For the best day out in the region get in touch with us at the Wine Tram website now, and we’ll be happy to book you a place and arrange a transfer if needed.

14 10, 2016

Come and See Us When in Cape Town!

October 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Come and See Us When in Cape Town!

If you are planning on visiting Cape Town you’ve made a great choice; it’s a beautiful city with much in the way of attractions, and the surrounding area is among the most beautiful in South Africa. with so much to choose from it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time, so can we interest you in a unique and enjoyable ride through the glorious Franschhoek Valley, complete with visits to some of the finest and oldest wine making estates in the country?

The Wine Tram is a popular attraction as it winds its way through the historic vineyards of the valley and stops at many places among the way. Here, you will learn the history of the French settlers who, some 300 years ago, chose this location as the ideal place to grow vines and make fine wine, a tradition that is still the main purpose of the valley today. You also get the chance to visit the estates if you wish, and two complimentary wine tasting sessions are a bonus with every adult ticket for the Wine Tram experience. These are the best wines in South Africa, and you can arrange for extra tastings for little extra cost.

We recommend that you take the time to enjoy the pretty town of Franschhoek, the starting and finishing point for the tour, and if you want to spend some time here we can help you find the perfect accommodation for families or couples. You don’t have to be an out and out wine lover to enjoy the tour – there is the chance for fine food along the way, too – but for wine lovers there is no doubt the Wine Tram tour is a must, so why not book your seats just to be sure?

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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.

Hop-on Hop-off Experience:

BLUE LINE TICKET      
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
GREEN LINE TICKET   
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
RED LINE TICKET        
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
YELLOW LINE TICKET
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
PURPLE LINE TICKET 
AdultR170Child (2-17)R70
  • 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

Curated Wine Experience:

WINE EXPERIENCE     
AdultR950

Group Experience:

Please send enquiries to groups@winetram.co.za and a booking agent will help arrange a memorable itinerary.