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14 04, 2016

The Fascinating History of the Franschhoek Valley

April 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Fascinating History of the Franschhoek Valley

South Africa is a country that has many cultural influences, as colonial rule over the years has shaped some of the towns and cities to be what they are today. The Cape Town region is no exception, but here we can find some unique and fascinating influences that may not be seen elsewhere. The Franschhoek Valley, not far from Cape Town itself, is a place that shows its influences clearly; it is here that, more the 300 years ago, Huguenots fleeing persecution in their native France settled, and they did so with good reason.

They brought with them the expertise in wine making that was their forte, and they saw in the landscape and climate of the Franschhoek Valley the perfect place to establish vineyards and resume making their wine. Today the valley is home to some of the oldest wine estates in the country, and produces some of the finest wines of all. Take a trip on the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram and you get the opportunity to not only visit some of these fascinating and long-established wineries, but to take part in tasting sessions as a complimentary part your adult ticket.

The Wine Tram is an experience that can be enjoyed by all, and is the perfect way to get a real sense of the beauty and majesty of the Franschhoek Valley. You are free to choose which of the estates you visit – most are open to the public and some have excellent restaurants. Please take the opportunity to book ahead if you wish to eat, as the food is very good, and very popular! With a mix or smaller, boutique wineries and larger cellars you have what must be a wine lovers’ paradise at your disposal, so get in touch with us now and we will be more than happy to book your seats.

7 04, 2016

What is South Africa Famous for?

April 7th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on What is South Africa Famous for?

Many things, among them the wonderful weather, colourful culture, beautiful towns and cities and amazing game reserves make South Africa famous, but there is something else, and it makes for a great day out! We’re talking about wine; for as many as three centuries South Africa has produced some of the finest wines in the world, and the best of these can be found in the ancient wine estates of the Cape region. Take a trip on the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram and you will enjoy an experience not to be found elsewhere!

The wine tram takes you on a choice of four routes through the glorious Franschhoek Valley, complete with its rolling landscape and populous vineyards plus spectacular mountain scenery, and you can choose to hop on and off at any of the stops along the way. The tram stops at many of the finest estates in the valley where you can choose to either roam the wonderful countryside or take a tour of one of the wineries. The chance to enjoy tasting some of the best wines of the region – a complimentary session comes with each adult ticket – is something we are sure you will relish!

The sheer beauty of the Franschhoek Valley is surpassed by few places in South Africa, and the rich heritage and culture of the region is fascinating. Kids will love thigh journey on the traditional and comfortable tram as it winds its way through the valley, and adults the chance to learn how the wine estates came to be. Not to forget, some of the finest restaurants in the region can be found among the wine estates, so don’t delay, book your seats on the wine tram experience, and enjoy a day out – or more – in the wonderful Franschhoek Valley.

 

30 03, 2016

How Religious Persecution Gave Rise to South Africa’s Best Wines

March 30th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on How Religious Persecution Gave Rise to South Africa’s Best Wines

The wine making estates in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, not far from Cape Town, are famous for producing the very best wines in South Africa, and the history of the region is fascinating. Take the unique and highly enjoyable Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram tour and you will learn how, more than 300 years ago, immigrants from France – fleeing persecution because of their religious beliefs – settled on the valley as the ideal place to grow vines, and began a wine making tradition that prevails in the valley to this day.

The Wine Tram takes you through the beautiful valley, with its stunning mountains as a fine vista, stopping at some of the most famous of the estates. We offer two complimentary wine tastings at selected estates along the route with each adult ticket, so you can sample some of the finest wines in the world. It’s an experience that is not repeated elsewhere, and while on the tram you also get an expert narration as to the origin of the estates, and the development of wine making in the region to the standards of today.

With fine restaurants at many of the estates serving excellent, world class food and the beautiful scenery to enjoy the Wine Tram experience is perfect for couples looking for a romantic day out, and families will enjoy the ride and the opportunity to get on and off at a variety of stops along the way. Please book ahead to be sure of a seat on the fascinating Wine Tram – you will not be disappointed!

21 03, 2016

One Thing You Must Do When Visiting the Cape Town Region

March 21st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on One Thing You Must Do When Visiting the Cape Town Region

Cape Town and its surrounding area has rightfully become one of the most popular holiday destinations for visitors to South Africa. The city itself is a beautiful place to be, and quite unlike anywhere else in the country, while the towering Table Mountain and its adjacent nature reserves are stunning attractions that cannot be missed. We would like to tell you about another fantastic attraction that you really cannot miss, and it’s one that combines history, spectacular scenery, fine dining and wine!

The Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram is a unique experience; with us, you take a tour by traditional tram through the beautiful scenery of the Franschhoek Valley, a place with a rich history stretching back more than three centuries, and you have the option of hopping on and off at various points. You are free to explore the beauty of the valley, take a picnic or simply enjoy a walk in the countryside, but we would advise you to take the opportunity to enjoy a visit to some of the very impressive and famous wine estates that are at the very heart of the valley, and which produce the finest wines in South Africa.

As some of the estates also have excellent restaurants you can also enjoy a delicious meal – complete, of course, with local wine – and our adult ticket comes with two complimentary tasting sessions so you can sample the wine even without a meal. Back on the tram and we take you back to your point of origin, and we are sure you will have had an extremely enjoyable day! Plan your trip to Cape Town to include a day out – or more – on the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram; you really will have a very exciting and unique day out.

14 03, 2016

A Romantic Day Out on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

March 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A Romantic Day Out on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

For couple seeking a relaxed yet enjoyable destination for a romantic holiday Cape Town has plenty to offer. Occupying a beautiful spot on the coast, with the stunning Waterfront region as a wonderful place to take a stroll in the warm evenings, Cape Town offers a variety of attractions for couples, and has plenty of impressive accommodation for you to choose from. If you are looking for something original and exciting to do, can we recommend the Franschhoek Wine Tram? This wonderful opportunity is not to be missed, especially of you enjoy fine wine and great food.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram takes you on a tour of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, first populated by French immigrants centuries ago, who brought their wine making expertise and created the best wine growing region in South Africa. The many wine estates that the tram takes you by – it stops at most of them, giving you the opportunity to get on and off at will – were founded in those formative years, and represent the very historical fabric of this amazing, beautiful and spectacular place. This is a journey of discovery and education, plus one of wine and food!

With your ticket you are given two complimentary wine tastings at chosen estates, and at many of these you can also indulge in fine dining at the estate restaurants. You will sample the very best of local cuisine – and wine – in a wonderful atmosphere, and enjoy a day together at your own pace, unhurried and relaxed. The Franschhoek Wine Tram really is a unique experience and great way to explore this quite wonderful part of South Africa, and it is recommended you book in advance to guarantee your seats on this popular tour. Get in touch with us now, and we’ll be happy to help.

14 03, 2016

Combining History and Fine Wine – Ride the Wine Tram

March 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Combining History and Fine Wine – Ride the Wine Tram

Are you a fan of fine wine? If so, you will know that South Africa’s finest wines are among the very best in the world! What about history? Are you interested in exploring the culture and history of places you visit? Well, for visitors to the Cape Town region there can be no better experience than the exciting and unique Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram, which takes you on a relaxed and enjoyable journey through the finest vineyards in one of the most beautiful and fascinating parts of the country.

Even if wine is just a passing fancy you will enjoy the Wine Tram experience; you are treated to an expert commentary that explains the history of the valley, which was first settled by wine makers from France more than 300 years ago, and of the famous wine estates that are the heart of the valley. You can choose to get off and on when you want, and to explore and visit some of the most prestigious wine estates in South Africa where you can enjoy complimentary tasting sessions, and you can choose from four different routes too.

We have designed the Wine Tram experience to be enjoyed by families and couples alike, and believe it is a unique experience that combines a fun tram ride, historical education and fine wine and dining – there are many restaurants to choose from among the wine estates – plus we believe it to be the best way to enjoy the spectacular valley and mountain scenery that makes Franschhoek unique. Be aware that the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram is a popular attraction so it is essential to book ahead, so why not get in touch with us now and book your seats on a unique and enjoyable experience for all the family.

7 03, 2016

Wine and History in the Beautiful Franschhoek Valley

March 7th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Wine and History in the Beautiful Franschhoek Valley

Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa, and with good reason. A unique city with many different cultural influences across the years, it is regarded as a truly unique experience and offers a rich historical background that is fascinating. What is equally interesting historically is the development of the wine growing area in the nearby Franschhoek Valley, where you can take the Wine Tram tour and visit some of the oldest – and finest – wine making estates in the country, where wonderful fine wines that are revered the world over are produced.

The Franschhoek wine story begins some 300 years ago, when Protestant refugees from France, already experts in wine production, fled the persecution in their home country, and eventually settled in the then undeveloped valley. The rest, as they say, is history, and the wine estates you see today have their routes in just nine families who chose this quite beautiful and spectacular place as home. The combination of French wine-making expertise and perfect weather and location for vines meant the future was sealed, and to this day the wines produced here are as wonderful as ever.

The Wine Tram takes you on tracks that were originally built more than 100 years ago to serve local farmers, and the beautiful tram on which you take a leisurely and exciting trip through the glorious valley, stopping at some of the wine estates along the way where you are welcome to get off and get back on later, is a recreation of traditional trams of that era, and offers you splendid views in all directions. Don’t miss out on this unique and fun experience – get in touch with the Franschhoek Wine Tram right now, and book your seats for a journey of wine and history to be enjoyed by all.

7 03, 2016

Explore the Franschhoek Valley by Wine Tram!

March 7th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Explore the Franschhoek Valley by Wine Tram!

There are many beautiful places to visit in South Africa, and for visitors to the Cape region the choice is varied and impressive. We would like to invite you to join us in the exciting and innovative Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram tour, which gives you a unique opportunity to explore what is one of the most spectacular valleys in the region. What’s more, there is something extra to our exciting adventure – the wine estates that have made the area what it is today, and the history that comes with them.

The Franschhoek valley was populated more than 300 years ago by immigrants from France, and they brought with them wine making expertise that persists to this day. They recognised the valley as a fine place to grow vines, and the evidence is all around you when you take the Wine Tram through the many vineyards that provide grapes for some of South Africa’s finest wines. You can get on and off the tram along the route and take the opportunity to visit some of the estates where you can enjoy tasting sessions and also fine dining at restaurants that are among the best in the country.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram really is an experience that will be enjoyed by all – each adult ticket comes with complimentary tasting at two of the wineries – as adults will enjoy the historical narration and children the fun ride on a traditional tram. Enjoy the weather and the scenery and take a picnic, or have a meal at one of the estates along the way, the choice is yours! We would love to see you on the Wine Tram when you visit this most beautiful part of the country, so why not check out the website now and decide which route you want to take.

1 03, 2016

Which Wine Tram Route to Take?

March 1st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Which Wine Tram Route to Take?

If you are visiting Cape Town – and you’ve made a great decision for this beautiful city is like nowhere else in Africa – you are entering the famed South African wine region, and even those for whom wine is just a passing fancy should not miss out on the opportunity to visit some of the oldest and most revered wine farms and vineyards in the country. The best of these lie in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, and it is here you will find the Wine Tram. This quaint and wonderful tram takes you through the valley, stopping at many of the wine farms on route, and makes for a great excursion.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a delightful choice for a day out and will be enjoyed by adults and children equally; the former can take advantage of complimentary tasting sessions at some of the best wineries in the world, while the latter will enjoy the tram ride and the opportunity to get off and on and explore the beautiful countryside of the valley. You have a choice of four routes – Blue, Green, Red and Yellow – each of which brings you spectacular views of the mountains, and a choice of stops at various wine estates.

The historic wineries in the region have their roots hundreds of years ago, when settlers chose the valley for its grape growing potential. Now, famous wine estates such as La Lude, La Petite Dauphine, Rickety Bridge and Grande Province among many others welcome visitors, and some offer the opportunity for fine dining in restaurants on the estate service authentic local dishes and, of course, fine wine. The Wine Tram is a must for anyone taking a holiday in Cape Town and is a truly unique and enjoyable experience, so book your seats now and enjoy the ride.

23 02, 2016

Unique Holiday Experience for Wine Lovers

February 23rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Unique Holiday Experience for Wine Lovers

Are you one of the many people who enjoy fine wine? If so, you will know that South Africa has a reputation for producing some of the best wines in the business. What if you could combine your holiday with wine, and enjoy something unique, educational and fun? That’s what you can do if you book a ride on the Wine Tram! The Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram takes you on a pleasant ride through the premier wine making region of the country, not far from the beautiful city of Cape Town, and allows you to visit some of the oldest and most revered vineyards of all.

The tram takes a leisurely route – you have a choice, in fact – through the beautiful valley, and you are free to hop and off wherever you please at any of the many wine farms that the route passes. Here you can indulge in tasting sessions – you get complimentary tastings with each adult ticket – and also visit some of the finest restaurants in the region where you can sample excellent local cuisine – complete, of course, with locally produced wine of the very finest vintage.

The Wine Tram is not just for adults, however, as children will also enjoy the ride. The relaxed ambience and excellent weather is just part of the enjoyment of this wonderful region, as there are many great attractions in and around Cape Town, not least the historic city itself. The Wine Tram is very popular so we recommend you book in advance, so why not get in touch with us right now and add something very special to your Cape Town holiday, and look forward to sampling the best wines in the business.

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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.

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.