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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.

22 07, 2016

Take the Franschoek Wine Tram tour through the most beautiful wine valley in the South Africa.

July 22nd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Take the Franschoek Wine Tram tour through the most beautiful wine valley in the South Africa.

Taking a Franschoek Wine Tram tour through the spectacular vineyards that cover the mountain slopes of the Franschoek Valley, settled by the French Hugeunots 300 years ago, who brought with them their age-old tradition of wine making, will offer you an experience of many world renowned wine farms in an up-close and personal way second to none.

The Franschoek Valley is considered to be the food and wine heartland of South Africa, with the perfect combination of the finest wines and world class cuisine that is laid on by top chefs, all delivered in an area renowned for its hospitality.  The influence of the French Hugeunots is abundantly clear, from the picturesque village to the deeply embedded culture of bringing people together over fine wine and food to create a treasure trove of lasting memories.

With a variety of cellars, from large cellars that offer organised tours and wine tastings to small boutique wineries catering to those in search of something truly unique, there is something to suit all tastes, from plump reds to elegant whites and delicious sparkling wines. With more than 40 superb restaurants in Franschoek boasting the highest national and international culinary honours, there is no doubt that you will find the perfect cuisine to compliment the splendid wines you will discover.

The team at The Franschoek Wine Tram are proud to offer 4 different lines you are able to choose from, which may just mean that you will want to stay in Franschoek a bit longer than planned, and to cover that eventuality, we will assist you with arranging accommodation that will allow you to immerse yourself completely in the Franschoek Valley experience.  Because our Wine Trams run hourly on a circular route, you will not be rushed through your adventure and will be able to take your time to enjoy wine tastings, cellar tours, dine in the finest restaurants or simply take a leisurely stroll through beautiful vineyards.

Please contact our team and we will do everything we can to make this an experience of a lifetime, from arranging transfers from Cape Town, to a choice of four different routes to explore, as well as assisting with accommodation, but do book in advance to avoid disappointment.  We would like to share this stunning experience of the Franschoek Valley with everyone!

15 07, 2016

Immerse yourself in the age-old tradition of fine wine and world renowned cuisine in Franshchoek.

July 15th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Immerse yourself in the age-old tradition of fine wine and world renowned cuisine in Franshchoek.

The Franschoek Wine Tram offers you a unique journey through 300 year old vineyards that yield the finest wines in the world added to world class cuisine, making it the food and wine capital of South Africa.  The Franschoek Wine Tram will take you on a journey through vineyards that have stood for hundreds of years on the slopes of the Franschoek Mountains and give you a completely different perspective of the history that pervades the area up close and personal.

Our mission at The Franschoek Wine Tram is to share with you our passion for this beautiful region and to create an experience that will leave you with long lasting memories that will give you enough of a taste to bring you back again and again.

The Franschoek Wine Tram offers an exclusive transfer from Cape Town and surrounds, including the airport, private to each booking and direct from door to door, which includes a return transfer as well as accommodation that can be arranged at no additional charge.  We would like to make it as easy and attractive as possible for you to experience the true essence of the picturesque vineyards, warm hospitality and fine wines, along with world class cuisine and the energy of a 300 year old history.

The tracks the Wine Tram takes you on were originally built in 1904 as an alternative to ox-drawn carts that carried produce from farmers to the market, and with progress taking over came the first steam locomotives and then the diesel locomotives that took over in the 1970’s.  By the time the need for rail transport decreased in the 1990’s, service diminished along the railway line, where it lay dormant until The Franschoek Wine Tram gave it a new lease on life in 2012.

You will not be rushed through your Franschoek Wine Tram experience as you explore wine cellars along the route, enjoy wine tasting and the culinary adventures of many of the best restaurants on any of the 4 routes, as the tram travels a circular route allowing you to hop-off and hop-on any time along the way.  There is also an option to choose a leisurely picnic or stroll through the vineyards, some of which date back 300 years.

We invite you to visit our website to view all we have on offer for a unique adventure through the wine lands in Franschoek Valley, or contact our friendly team to make sure you book in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

8 07, 2016

Explore the wine lands of the historic Franschoek Valley with the Franschoek Wine Tram.

July 8th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Explore the wine lands of the historic Franschoek Valley with the Franschoek Wine Tram.

Take a tour of the Franschoek wine lands in the newly constructed tram Franschoek Wine Tram has modelled after the open-sided Brill Trams from 1890 and take home memories that will last a lifetime.  Utilising the latest bio-diesel engine technology to promote a green initiative to assist in preserving the pristine historic surroundings of the Franschoek Valley, the Franschoek Wine Tram is committed to promoting a sustainable form of adventure for our visitors.

The tram seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches, with six of the eight benches having flip-over tram-style seat backs that allow passengers to enjoy the view in both directions.  The team at the Franschoek Wine Tram have also made sure that you will be protected from inclement weather and still be able to enjoy the magnificent views in comfort through roll-down transparent awnings.

We offer 4 different lines to choose from which give you an opportunity to explore the best wine estates in Africa. Franschoek is wine lovers heaven and the Wine Tram offers you an adventurous way to take in the historically impressive wine estates throughout the region. Our team will make it effortless for you to join this adventure with affordable rates, as well as arranging return transfers from Cape Town and the airport, as well as assisting you with accommodation should you wish to stay longer than a day. There is just so much to see and do in Franschoek that one day is will not be enough to experience the full range of delights this area has to offer.

Take a leisurely journey through these rolling vineyards with our open-sided tram as well as open air tram-bus as they stop at South Africa’s most distinguished wine estates, with each stop offering a variety of experiences to suit your taste, from wine tasting and cellar tours to the best in cuisine or a stroll through vineyards that are 300 years old.

Please make your booking in advance and the team at the Fransschoek Wine Tram will take you on a rare, once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

1 07, 2016

Capture the essence of fine wine and food in the exquisitely historic surroundings of Franschoek.

July 1st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Capture the essence of fine wine and food in the exquisitely historic surroundings of Franschoek.

There is truly something magical about exploring all the sensory delights that the Franschoek Wine Tram has to offer with a unique trip through stunning wine lands against the backdrop of majestic mountains.  Franschoek is steeped in a history that goes back 300 years to the first French Hugeunots who made this beautiful valley their home.  It is almost as if these French settlers were transplanted to the perfect conditions to continue the age old tradition and art of wine making that had been passed from generation to generation that made French wines famous.  Franschoek Valley offered them the perfect conditions and climate in which to continue their artistry in producing the finest wines in the safety of South Africa along the slopes of the Franschoek Mountains.

The Franschoek Wine Tram was created so that locals and tourists would be able to drink in and absorb the beautiful scenery of this area close up.  With the hop-on hop-off stops along the track you are introduced to the finest wines that Franschoek Valley wine makers produce with the opportunity of wine tastings along the way, and, if you are not already an avid fan and connoisseur of South African wines, we are certain that you will leave this adventure knowing you have tasted some of the best wines in the world.

Not only will you get to soak up the stunning surroundings and taste the best in wine, there are culinary delights that await you along the way, whether it is fine dining or the most divine snacks that are the perfect accompaniment to each wine, but you will also have the opportunity to choose from delightful picnic hampers to enjoy among the vineyards steeped in history.

The Franschoek Wine Tram offers a choice of 4 different routes that will take you on a leisurely journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram as well as an open-air tram-bus which stops at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Each stop offers a variety of experiences, from wine tasting to cellar tours, lunch or a stroll through these historic vineyards.

If the Franschoek Wine Valley is listed on your bucket list then please contact our friendly team to make your booking in order to avoid disappointment, we will not only take you on an unforgettable journey, but also give you a full history of the vineyards that you will be visiting to give you a fully rounded experience.

26 05, 2016

Visiting Cape Town? Join us on the Wine Tram!

May 26th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Visiting Cape Town? Join us on the Wine Tram!

Cape Town is a beautiful, vibrant city that is very popular with tourists, and there is plenty to see and do in and around the region. Of course, you can’t miss the majestic Table Mountain, an iconic sight that towers above the city, but we have something else that you will discover is entirely unmissable: The Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram tour! Why is this a must? Quite simply, if you enjoy fabulous scenery, fascinating history and fine wine and food, there is nowhere else quite like it!

The Franschhoek Valley is the place where many of South Africa’s finest wines are made, and a rich cultural history pervades the region. The valley was first settled more than 300 years ago when French immigrants chose it for its perfect grape-growing conditions, and they brought with them unrivalled expertise that can still be seen – and tasted – today. With the Wine Tram tour, you take a trip through the valley and are free to get off at any of the many stops along the way, each of which offers easy access to some of the finest wine estates in the region.

You can enjoy wine tastings, explore the vineyards, take cellar tours and dine out in some of the best restaurants in the country, and all at your own pace as the trams run hourly on a circular route. You can visit as many estates as you wish, and if one day is not enough we can arrange an extended stay for you, with transfers to and from Cape Town available on an individual basis. The Wine Tram tour really is one of the most enjoyable and informative experiences you will find in the Western Cape region, so get in touch now and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

19 05, 2016

For Wine Lovers the Franschhoek Valley Cannot Be Missed!

May 19th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on For Wine Lovers the Franschhoek Valley Cannot Be Missed!

South Africa is famous the world over for its quality, fine wines, and the very best of these come from the long-established estates in the Franschhoek Valley. This quite beautiful part of the Western Cape region became established in wine making some 300 years ago, and some of estates from way back then still stand today – and still produce fine wine! The Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram is an experience that everyone will enjoy, and one that anyone who loves great wine simply cannot afford to miss!

We will take you, on board open-air trams and tram-buses, on a tour through the valley on one of four routes, each of which takes you past some of the most spectacular scenery you will see anywhere. You can get off at any of the many stops on the route and visit many wine estates, where you can enjoy a cellar tour, tasting sessions and perhaps a meal in any of the excellent restaurants along the way. If you prefer, you and your family can simply take a stroll through the glorious vineyards, and then hop on to the tram to return to your original point or explore more of the stops along the way.

The Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram tour is naturally very popular, as it is a unique experience and one that is very enjoyable, and for this reason it is essential that you book in advance. We also recommend that, should you wish to eat, you book ahead with the restaurant you want to use, as these are also extremely popular. The opportunity to explore so many wine estates in close proximity does not come very often, so for wine lovers looking to visit the region, get in touch now and book your places on the greatest wine experience of all.

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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