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7 10, 2016

Sample South Africa’s Finest Wines

October 7th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Sample South Africa’s Finest Wines

Are you a wine lover? If so, you will know that South African wines come highly recommended. In fact, the very best of the country’s wines are made in the Franschhoek Valley, a beautiful area of the Western Cape within easy reach of Cape Town, and a place with a cultural history that is entirely wine-related. The perfect way to experience the sheer beauty of the valley, and to get to sample some of the finest of South African wines, is to take a trip on the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram, and we want to show you why it is a great idea.

The Wine Tram is a journey on open-sided trams through the valley and the vineyards itself, stopping at many point along the way where you are able to get on and off whenever you want. The routes are all loops so you will always end up back at your stopping point, and trams run on a regular basis throughout the day. What makes the wine estates here so special is that some of them are more than 300 years old, and you will learn about wine making in the valley during the trip.

We offer you the chance to not only enjoy a fine journey through the valley, but also to sample – as part of the deal – wines at two of the estates along the way. You can pay for further tastings and cellar tours if you wish, or book a meal at one of the excellent restaurants in the valley. Children will love the journey, adults the wine and history, so what is not to like? We can even arrange to pick you up in Cape Town, so you get to the Wine Tram on time! Have a look at the Wine Tram website, and book your trip today.

30 09, 2016

The Best Way to Visit the Franschhoek Valley

September 30th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Best Way to Visit the Franschhoek Valley

There are few more beautiful regions of South Africa than the Western Cape. With its mix of splendorous landscape, beautiful coastline and the spectacular city of Cape Town in the mix you have plenty to see and do, so can we recommend that you take a trip to the stunning Franschhoek Valley, and a ride on the wonderful Wine Tram? This amazing experience is utterly unique and makes for a fabulous day out for all the family, and it’s not just about wine, but about history, culture and the beautiful scenery too.

The Wine Tram takes one of four routes through the valley, allowing you superb views of the vineyards that make this place what it is. Some of the oldest wine estates in South Africa are to be found here – some are more than 300 years old – as it was in the Franschhoek Valley that French settlers decided to continue the vine growing and wine making that they had practised back home. With your Wine Tram ticket you can get on and off at one of many stops along the route, and adults get complimentary tasting sessions at a choice of wineries.

Furthermore, there are many fine restaurants on the route so you can book ahead and enjoy an excellent meal – complete with fine wine – or simply take a picnic and have a walk through the valley, and find a spot to relax with the family. We can even help you with transfers to and from Cape Town, or accommodation in the village if you want to spend some time here, and we are sure you will enjoy your Wine Tram experience as many already have. Perfect for families or couples, this really is a great day out, so get in touch and we’ll be happy to book your places.

23 09, 2016

Share the ultimate Franschhoek Valley experience with the team from The Wine Tram.

September 23rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Share the ultimate Franschhoek Valley experience with the team from The Wine Tram.

Take a combination of open-air tram and tram-bus journeys with Wine Tram through the beauty of vineyards that are hundreds of years old in one of the most picturesque and famous vineyards in the world.  No visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing the magic of age old traditions that abound in the wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley.

The Wine Tram offers a unique combination of trams and tram-buses to take passengers around in a loop of stops to give you an opportunity to hop-off at each stop and dive into a bit of everything each wine estate has to offer.  You can enjoy tasting some of the best recognised and award winning wines each estate has on offer, as well as tour through some wine cellars that are hundreds of years old.

Your love for great cuisine will be satisfied with the variety of options available at the different wine estates, and a leisurely stroll through the vineyards is a definite must before you hop-on for the next leg of your wine estate adventure in the Wine Tram.

As you tour through the heartlands of the Franschoek Valley we will provide you with a narration that will take you back in time as you learn more about some of these vineyards that have been cultivated for hundreds of years.  With our open-air tram and open-air buses, we offer you a unique perspective and view of the unparalleled beauty of the vineyards and the mountains that frame Franschhoek Valley.

The team at Wine Tram will arrange return airport transfers if you would like to make Franschhoek Valley your first port of call on arrival in Cape Town, and should you decide that one day is not enough, our team will assist you in arranging accommodation to suit your requirements.

The Wine Tram tour through historic vineyards is an exceptional experience in and of itself, but if you have more than a day to explore, it is essential not to miss all the delights that the picturesque town of Franschhoek itself has on offer.  There are so many award winning restaurants dotted throughout this town steeped in French history and the age old tradition of wine making that you will be completely spoiled for choice.

The Wine Tram team love Franschhoek Valley and everything it represents, which is why we invite you to contact us to book your Wine Tram tour and share the Franschhoek experience with us.

16 09, 2016

Book a unique tour in Franschhoek Valley for your celebration or function from the team at Wine Tram.

September 16th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Book a unique tour in Franschhoek Valley for your celebration or function from the team at Wine Tram.

Travel through the picturesque vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley on tracks that were originally built in 1904 which The Wine Tram team brought back to life in 2012 for an experience of a lifetime. We will take you on a journey that takes you through lush vineyards that have been producing world renowned wines for over 300 years since the first local dwellers, foreign settlers and slaves first made this picturesque valley their home.

During the period of 1688 to 1689 a large number of French immigrants arrived in Franschhoek as they fled religious persecution and today many of the farms granted to the French settlers then still carry the French names these settlers gave their farms in honour of the country they were forced to flee.

The team at Wine Tram will take you on a narrated journey through these beautiful vineyards in our open-air trams and buses, giving you the opportunity to delve into more than just the finest wines and cuisine in the world.  Franschhoek is considered the food and wine capital in South Africa with good reason as thousands of visitors from everywhere in the world are warmly welcomed to this beautiful corner of the world we love passionately.

The Wine Tram offers group wine tram and bus tours with an itinerary that includes four wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley so that you are able to experience the rich character of the individual wines and the wine estates that produce them.  A premium wine tasting showcasing award winning wines is served to the group at each of the wine estates, and with world class restaurants on several of the wine estates you are welcome to let us know if you would like to include a lunch or picnic stop along the way.

This tour is private and exclusive to the group, pre-arranged to a set itinerary by the team at Franschhoek Wine Tram, and with our offer of special rates for groups of 20 or more guests you will find it hard to find a more unique way to entertain guests on a day out in Franschhoek Valley.

9 09, 2016

Award winning wines and world class cuisine are all on the menu when you join Wine Tram for a day out in Franschhoek!

September 9th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Award winning wines and world class cuisine are all on the menu when you join Wine Tram for a day out in Franschhoek!

If you are looking for a really unique way to spend the day with friends and family, the team at Wine Tram have the perfect solution for you.  This will be a day out that is unforgettable as you travel in an open-air tram or bus through vineyards that are hundreds of years old offering breathtaking scenery, fine wines and food rolled up in one experience.

You will need to book your Wine Tram experience in advance in order to avoid disappointment and choose from 4 different schedules to plan a day spent in the history and beauty that is synonymous with Franschhoek Valley.  Wine Tram offers the Blue Line, Red Line, Green Line and Yellow Line experiences designed to suit the palate of every passenger from world renowned wines to world class cuisine.

Should you decide that you would like to indulge in the curated wine experience that Wine Tram offers and then join one of our hop-on-hop-off tours to various wine estates the next day or on another visit, we have the perfect day planned for you.

Your day out with Wine Tram in Franschhoek Valley will start with a journey in our open-air tram to a local wine estate, where you can get caught up in the spell that an experienced winemaker weaves with a journey through the interesting stories about the history of wine and the culture in Franschhoek.

You will have the opportunity to sample the subtle tastes of terroir, learn about local varieties of grape, cultivars and aspects of viticulture unique to Southern Africa, after which the winemaker will take you on a tour of the wine cellar which will end in the feast of a two course gourmet lunch at the estate restaurant.

After lunch we will treat you to a visit to another two Franschhoek wine estates to enjoy a premium wine tasting at each estate.  We are certain that after an intimate experience like this that connects you to the local wine culture, you will be ready to book your hop-on-hop-off tour to immerse yourself completely in every aspect that makes the team at Wine Tram passionate about sharing the Franschhoek Valley experience.

There are only seven spaces available for this unique experience and we urge you to book your curated wine tour well in advance.  Please visit our website to view everything that Wine Tram is able to provide for visitors to our beautiful region, from airport transfers to assistance with accommodation bookings and we will give you a warm welcome.

3 09, 2016

A day trip on The Wine Tram is the most leisurely way to enjoy rolling through vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley.

September 3rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A day trip on The Wine Tram is the most leisurely way to enjoy rolling through vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley.

Whether you live in or are visiting what is considered the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town is an astounding experience with an incredible variety of things to do around every nook and cranny.  From beautiful coasts to Table Mountain and world renowned wine estates, everything is within an easy travelling distance to allow you more than enough time to explore all the highlights on offer in and around Cape Town.

Wine Tram offers a unique experience for anyone who would love to spend the day in beautiful historical vineyards that offer an abundance of unique wines and world class cuisine that will satisfy any palate.

The Wine Tram offers you an opportunity to experience the true essence of vast expanses of beautiful vineyards that have a 300 year old history, scenery that will take your breath away, hospitality that is second to none and world-class cuisine combined with the finest wines in the world.

Wine Tram offers four hop-on-hop-off tour lines to choose from, each of which will take you to eight of the best wine estates in the region and that reflect the individuality of the wine estates that make up the whole of Franschhoek Valley.

The hop-on-hop-off tours give passengers the most leisurely way to travel through the Franschhoek Valley in our open-side tram and open-air-tram-bus, allowing you the opportunity to get really close to the beauty of the vines that add up to some of the oldest and most distinguished wine estates in Africa.

Whether you choose the Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line or Yellow Line, you can be assured that The Wine Tram will take you to nothing less than the best in wines and cuisine from wine estates such as Le Lude, La Petite Dauphine, Mont Rochelle, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence, to name just a few of the spectacular stops along the way.

Please visit our website for in-depth information about departure times, stops along the way depending on which line you choose and well worthwhile affordable prices, or contact our team to book an unforgettable day out in the Franschhoek Valley.

26 08, 2016

The Wine Tram does the Franschhoek Vineyards tour like no one else can!

August 26th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Wine Tram does the Franschhoek Vineyards tour like no one else can!

Make your choice of hop-on hop-off wine farm tour, plan an exceptional day out with our curated wine experience or take advantage of our discounts on group tours or corporate functions, but be sure to make your booking and strap in for the ride of your life through the vineyards of Franschhoek Valley with The Wine Tram!

We don’t do things by half in Franschhoek, only the finest wines in the world will do, along with a history that is hundreds of year’s old and heavenly cuisine, all set against the most stunning backdrop of perfectly tended vineyards.  Taking a Wine Tram tour is not only about enjoying a meandering journey through the Franschhoek Winelands in our open-air Wine Tram, we also give you a full narration about the history of the region and some of the vineyards that are over 300 years old, so that by the time you hop-off our wine tram, your next glass of wine from Franschhoek will look completely different to you!

With just seven spaces available for each tour, our Wine Tram curated wine experience is a must!  You will travel with an intimate group  in our open-air wine tram to a choice local wine estate to hear about the history of wine and culture in the Franschhoek Valley firsthand from a passionate wine maker, each one adding their own fascinating stories about their own journeys as winemakers.

This is an eye-opening experience which will give you a completely different perspective about local varieties of grape, cultivars and other aspects of viticulture unique to the Franschhoek wine lands.  We have no doubt that after this kind of experience you will have worked up an appetite, and the friendly team at The Wine Tram will make sure that the two course gourmet lunch your winemaker shares with you at the wine estate restaurant will be a culinary experience equal to the fine wines tasted.

We suggest that you make your booking in advance as our Wine Tram tours are spectacularly popular with South Africans and international visitors, so please contact our team to make all the arrangements!  Please visit our website to view all the little extras our team provide, such as airport transfers and assistance with the booking of your return transfer if you are staying in Franschhoek long enough to keep hopping-on and hopping-off our Wine Tram!

19 08, 2016

Fresh air, superlative wines and award winning cuisine make a Wine Tram tour through Franschhoek Vineyards a must!

August 19th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Fresh air, superlative wines and award winning cuisine make a Wine Tram tour through Franschhoek Vineyards a must!

Book your seats and door to door transfers from Cape Town and back and get ready for a day out you will never forget!  Spend the day on one of our hop-on and hop-off Wine Tram tours, stopping off at various wine farms to sample some of the finest wines and cuisine internationally, all of which is nestled in the Franschhoek Valley, one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.

The aura of old world magic lingers among these vineyards, some of which are over 300 years old, tended to lovingly by wine makers who have passed these wine estates down through generations dedicated to the creation of some of the best wines in the world surrounded by an area steeped in a rich history.

The Wine Tram offers a variety of wine farms to choose from, depending on which schedule you decide on, with departures scheduled to leave from our ticket office via open-air wine tram or open-air bus and an average of between 5 and 6 stops along the way according to your choice of schedule.  The various schedules The Wine Tram offers, such as the Red, Blue, Yellow and Green line are all readily available on our website in an easy to read format.

Each line will take you through a variety of cellars that cater for visitors who are in search of that something truly special at small boutique wineries or to the larger cellars which offer conducted tastings of award winning wines, from plump reds to elegant whites and the bubbliest in sparkling wines.

After your Wine Tram tour, if you still have space left, you will find more than 40 restaurants in the wine & gourmet capital of South Africa to choose from, many of which serve cuisine dreamed up by award winning chefs with both national and international culinary honours to their name. Monuments testifying to the arrival of the French Huguenots are dotted throughout the surrounding area, giving you a peek into an entirely different era, and much of the architecture in and around Franschhoek still reflects the historic French influence.

The air is fresh, the wines are superlative and the cuisine is out of this world; what better way to spend the day than with the crew of passionate locals at The Wine Tram?

12 08, 2016

Choose your Wine Tram experience through the Franschhoek Wine Lands by contacting our team today!

August 12th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Choose your Wine Tram experience through the Franschhoek Wine Lands by contacting our team today!

Book your Wine Tram tickets today and be prepared for an utterly unique day trip through the beautiful vineyards nestled in the Franschhoek Valley! The Wine Tram team will take you on an unforgettable, laid-back and relaxing tour through the Franschhoek Vineyards in an open-air tram or open-air bus, stopping at wine farms along the way to taste some of the finest wines in the world.

Naturally, the very best of wines need the accompaniment of world class cuisine, and we have made sure that you will have ample time along the way to sample your choice of different cuisine in the area or to stop off for a picnic lunch and a lovely stroll through magical vineyards, some of which date back over 300 years.

The Wine Tram team has made 4 different schedules available, offering you at choice of the Blue Line, Red Line, Green Line and Yellow line, all of which will take you on a slightly different choice of wine farms.  There is no doubt that any wine lover will find the perfect schedule to suit their individual tastes in the art of wine and beautifully prepared food to match.

Our Wine Tram experiences are world class and for local wine lovers or visitors overseas, there can be no better way to experience the stunning vistas and breathtaking scenery that perfectly laid out vineyards in Franschhoek have to offer.  Franschhoek in itself is a truly splendid destination, whether you are planning to spend a day or a week, there is just so much to take in that we know you will be back for more.

In addition to our hop-off hop-on schedules, we have various packages available that would suit those looking for a group or private function with a difference or a curated wine experience, with great discounts offered for groups wishing to book the Wine Tram.

Please visit our website to choose your Wine Tram experience, to view our open-air tram as well as the various schedules, or contact our team today to book your absorbing and beautiful tour through the Franschhoek Vineyards!

5 08, 2016

Add a Wine Tram trip through the vineyards of Franschhoek to complete your bucket list of places to visit around Cape Town.

August 5th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Add a Wine Tram trip through the vineyards of Franschhoek to complete your bucket list of places to visit around Cape Town.

Let The Wine Tram take you back in time to over 300 years ago when the first refugees from France arrived to make Franschhoek their home to find a magical valley perfect for continuing their lifelong passion for wine making.  Travelling through the Franschhoek Valley wine estates is an experience to satisfy all the senses, with internationally acclaimed wines, world class cuisine and a rich tapestry of history set against a backdrop of acre upon acre of perfectly laid out vineyards, all set in an area of unparalleled beauty framed by the mountains of Franschhoek Valley.

The Wine Tram will take you on a narrated tour through these beautiful wine estates in our unique open-air tram and open-air bus, taking you through the history of the different estates and the exceptional, unique wines that are produced by each wine maker.

Visitors to Cape Town all have a bucket list of places to see, from iconic Table Mountain to the surrounding beaches and up the West Coast to see the profusion of flowers that bloom in spring, but a visit to the vineyards in Franschhoek is an essential to add to your list to round your visit off perfectly!

As a wine connoisseur and lover of exceptional cuisine you will be in heaven with a complete mixture of traditionally French and South African wines along with award winning cuisine in Franschhoek. Our hop-on hop-off tours on The Wine Tram are planned to take you on a slow journey in the open air to taste some of the finest wines produced in the world, to stop off for lunch at wine estates or a picnic and a stroll through the beauty of vineyards that have been lovingly been looked after for centuries.

The Wine Tram make it as easy as possible for you to get to Franschhoek for a tour through the vineyards with our exclusive, direct transfer service from Cape Town and surrounding areas, as well as from the airport and back.  Wine Tram transfers are private to each booking, which is a direct door to door service and should you decide to remain in Franschhoek for an extended stay to drink in the beauty of our area, our team will be happy to accommodate the return leg of your transfer at no additional cost.

We invite you to share this exceptional journey through the vineyards and wine estates in Franschhoek with the friendly team at The Wine Tram.


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:

AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
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:


Group Experience:

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