17 11, 2017

Top 5 Things You Just Have To Do In Franschhoek

November 17th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Top 5 Things You Just Have To Do In Franschhoek

Whether you’re a tourist visiting Cape Town for the first time or a seasoned local, Franschhoek is one of the places you just need to add to your  “have-to-visit list”. Located about 50 km east of Cape Town, this little gem is one that should not be missed out on.

Franschhoek is a little cosy town, nestled in between vineyards and mountains. You can expect a picture perfect view anywhere you go. And since Franschhoek is known to be the food capital of South Africa, make sure you go hungry. Here are the top 5 things to do when visiting Franschhoek.

Wine Tram

There simply isn’t a better way to do wine tastings than taking the wine tram. Exploring Franschhoek in this way, it allows you to view nature in all its glory while stopping at eight fantastic wine farms. Since the wine tram operates on a hop-on-hop-off system, you can stay as long as you want at each estate, have lunch, take a stroll in the vineyards or even book a cellar tour.

Explore the main street

Park your car and take a walk down Franschhoek main street. It is packed with trendy restaurants, art galleries and artisan shops.

Kogelberg Nature Reserve

If hiking is your thing, why not visit the visit the nature reserve considered to be one of the most extraordinary protected areas of CapeNature. Since Kogelberg is known to occupy an area with the least amount of human interference, getting close to nature doesn’t get easier than this.

Huguenot Monument and Memorial Museum

Located next to each other at the end of the main street, you can visit the Huguenot monument and museum. Take a moment to educate yourself on the history of the French settlers who landed in Cape Town in the 17th and 18th century and the contribution they made to South African history and culture.

Franschhoek Pass

If a breathtaking view is what you’re looking for, the Franschhoek pass is where you need to go. Explore by car or by bicycle – either way, you will be left speechless by the beauty this stretch of road has to offer. Locals are known to take a drive on this route as often as possible in order not to miss out on the spectacular views.

As you can see, Franschhoek is definitely a town not to be missed out on. While the above mentioned are some of the main highlights, there is no shortage of things to do in Franschhoek.

5 11, 2017

The Franschhoek Wine Tram Is A Cape Winelands Tour To Add To Your Bucket List

November 5th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on The Franschhoek Wine Tram Is A Cape Winelands Tour To Add To Your Bucket List

South Africa has only one wine region, located in the Western Cape and while it’s relatively small in comparison to other countries, we produce some of the finest wines in the world. People from all over the globe come to Cape Town, specifically for the wine and they don’t go home disappointed!

There are several Cape Town Winelands Tours to choose from and honestly, all equally fantastic, but if you’re looking for an experience like no other, the Franschhoek Wine Tram is something to consider.

What’s so special about the Franschhoek wine tram you might ask? Well in 2012, the wine tram was launched to run on rail tracks that are over a century old, which farmers used to transport their produce to the market. The idea was to give passengers onboard the wine tram a unique view of the Franschhoek valley while transporting them from one wine estate to another. This way, they could enjoy the scenic route while relaxing rather than missing out on the picturesque landscape while trying to find the wine estates on their map.

Franschhoek has no shortage of natural beauty and is surrounded by majestic mountains. Why not combine your love for wine and nature, climb aboard and enjoy this unusual wine tasting experience. The wine tram offers 6 different route options, visiting various wine estates and each offering a different view of Franschhoek. You can even opt for a curated wine tram tour which includes a wine lecture by an expert wine guide, a pre-booked guided cellar tour and a three-course lunch at an award-winning wine estate. Now that’s a Cape Winelands Tour to put on your bucket list.

What better way to spend a day in the Winelands than tasting world-class wines and eating exquisite cuisine in the food capital of South Africa! Add to that a cellar tour and a stroll through the vineyards and you’ve got yourself a day you’ll always remember! Book your tickets well in advance since they tend to sell out fast and enjoy a Cape Winelands Tour like no other.

12 10, 2017

Explore Some Of The Best Wine Farms In Cape Town By Wine Tram

October 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Explore Some Of The Best Wine Farms In Cape Town By Wine Tram

Every year, Cape Town hosts millions of tourists from all over the world. And with so much to offer, it’s not difficult to see why the Mother city attracts so many travellers. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget. One day you can hike up Table Mountain and have spectacular 360-degree views of the city, the next you could be lounging on the beach or learning to surf. Another reason why people enjoy Cape Town is due to the fact that we boast some exceptional wine routes.

It can be quite the challenge to decide which wine route to take and also which wine estates to visit. Below are some of the many great wine farms in Cape Town, specifically in Franschhoek.

Babylonstoren

With an onsite spa and daily cellar tours, this historic Cape Dutch Farm boasts a 3.5-hectare garden. When it comes to dining, you can expect a modern environment with glass walls and an organic and seasonal approach when it comes to food.

Solms Delta

This wine estate not only produces world-class wines, but you can also enjoy picnics throughout the year surrounded by a magical forest. Explore the wine farm with one of six guided tours and learn more about the history of slavery at the Social History Museum.

Vrede en Lust

At this family-owned wine estate, you can take daily cellar tours but what makes this estate unique is its Lindt chocolate and wine pairing. When you’re ready for lunch, Lust Bistro & Bakery will wow you with their authentic yet simple culinary options.

Mont Rochelle

At Mont Rochelle, you have an option to dine in the Country Kitchen or you can take your food outside in the form of a picnic basket and find a spot down by the dam or under an oak tree on the lawn.

La Bri

This boutique winery stands out above the rest offering Chocolate & Wine Pairing, Turkish Delight Pairing as well as a truly South African Biltong Experience. Enjoy their award-winning, signature wines while savouring a cheese platter from a local supplier, Dalewood.

Why not use the wine tram to explore some these wine farms in Cape Town, since they are all on one of the six routes. Sit back, relax, enjoy the view and the wines. Book your ticket today!

28 09, 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Explore The Franschhoek Valley On The Wine Tram

September 28th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why You Should Explore The Franschhoek Valley On The Wine Tram

So you’re a wine lover and you’re looking for the perfect wine tasting experience in Cape Town. There are so many great wine routes in the Western Cape that it’s hard to pick just one but if you’re looking for a once in a lifetime experience, you should consider the Franschhoek Wine Tram and here’s why:

 

  1. Franschhoek is breathtakingly stunning

If you haven’t been to Franschhoek, you haven’t experienced beauty in its finest form. It’s like something out of a storybook – a little cosy town centre, surrounded by rolling vineyards and mountains. It’s magical!

 

  1. It’s also the culinary capital of South Africa

Franschhoek is home to many award-winning restaurants offering tourists and locals a wide selection of innovative food and wine experiences. These eateries are truly taking cuisine to the next level! In Franschhoek, you’ll be in foodie heaven.

 

  1. The wine is outstanding

With so many award-winning wines from Estates such as La Bri, Holden Manz, Rickety Bridge and many others, it’s crystal clear to see why Franschhoek is a preferred destination for so many tourists from all over the world. You can expect nothing less than world-class wines served with South African hospitality to make your experience one to remember.

 

  1. You can enjoy the view

From the inside of a tram that is – no need to drive yourself from one wine farm to the next. You can sit back, relax and take it all in. And let me tell you there is so much to take in. Nothing compares to the beauty of the Franschhoek valley.

 

  1. You can choose which Wine Estates you want to visit

There are six different routes to choose from when booking your wine tram experience. Each route offers approximately eight wine estates where you can spend as much time as you want since the tram operates on a hop-on-hop-off system. You can even book a curated wine tour for a more personalised experience.

 

Transfers to and from your accommodation can be arranged – If you need door to door transfers anywhere in Cape Town, the team can assist you with that.

 

Book your wine tram experience today and make memories you’ll take with you for the rest of your life.

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?

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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