17 06, 2017

Why You Should Add The Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour To Your Bucket List

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Taste South African wine and relish the Cape Winelands scenery throughout this 8.5-hour wine tram adventure around Franschhoek from Cape Town. Travel inside an open-air bus and open-sided tram to check out some of this wine region’s most reputed wineries. Stop for two wine tastings en route.

What You Can Expect

Get collected at your hotel or other accommodation in central Cape Town and transferred to the picturesque Franschhoek Valley in the middle of the Cape Winelands.

A trip on the wine tram is similar to time travel as you’ll be transported about in a Victorian-style tram overflowing with good old fashioned etiquette.  At check in office, you’ll receive a ticket with your name on it and later on the friendly and polite employees will do everything possible to ensure you have the time of your life. Guided tours and blankets when the weather conditions are harsh will make you feel at home immediately.

Climb into the Franschhoek Wine Tram to journey through this exquisite countryside, with charming vineyards and historical wine estates. The tram operates in a circle, with regular stops at wineries, so you’re able to hop off whenever you want to go on a wine cellar tour, enjoy a wine tasting, take a stroll through a vineyard, or to enjoy a delicious lunch. When you’re ready to carry on your tour, just hop back on the next tram.

During your wine tram experience, discover the history of the French Huguenots who established this area more than 300 years ago. Learn about how they set up vineyards and wineries here according to their expertise in French wine-making. These days, the wines of the Franschhoek Valley are exclusive representations of South Africa’s viticulture heritage.

From full-bodied reds wines to light whites and sparkling wine, you’ll manage to taste an impressive selection in one day for as low as R20-R50 per farm. Also, a lot of the farms supply cheese and meat platters, with a few even offering chocolate, Turkish delight and pizza pairings together with the wine. Please note: Two wine tastings are included in this package. All other food and drinks are at your own expense.

The unique experience of visiting wine farms in an open tram is much more exciting and convenient than renting a car. Experiencing the fresh air on your face and enjoying unmatched views of the area is an unforgettable experience.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram flawlessly fuses breath-taking scenery and world-class wines for an incredible hop-on-hop-off experience in the idyllic Franschhoek area. Book your memorable Wine Tram experience today!

10 06, 2017

Which Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour Is Right For You?

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The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is among the best ways to uncover the real flavour of the Franschhoek Valley – idyllic vineyards, heavenly scenery, warm hospitality, world-class food, high-quality wines and a 300-year heritage.

A combination of tram and tram-bus conveys passengers around a circle of stops enabling them to hop-off at every stop and discover the activities being offered, be it wine tasting, lunch, a cellar tour, or a walk through the vineyards and once they’re ready, hop-on to carry on with the tour.

When exploring the majestic valley of Franschhoek on the Wine Tram, you have a few different options to choose from. Each line visits various Wine Estates and showcases different areas of Franschhoek.

Blue line and Green line:

These routes showcase Franschhoek’s breath-taking mountain views while stopping at the following  Boutique wine estates:

Blue Line:

  • Mont Rochelle
  • Le Lude
  • La Bri
  • La Bourgogne
  • Holden Manz
  • La Couronne
  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence

Green line:

  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence
  • Mont Rochelle
  • Le Lude
  • La Bri
  • La Bourgogne
  • Holden Manz
  • La Couronne

The primary difference between the Green and Blue Line is with the Blue line you will begin with our Tram-busses and finish the tour on the Tram. With the Green Line, you start out on the Tram and end of your tour on the Tram-busses.  The lunch stop would also affect your choice as to pick Blue or Green.

Red Line and Yellow Line:

These two tours showcase Franschhoek’s impressive rolling vineyards while stopping at the following Internationally known wine estates:

Red Line:

  • Maison
  • Eikehof
  • Leopard’s Leap
  • Chamonix
  • Dieu Donne
  • Franschhoek Cellar
  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence

Yellow Line:

  • Rickety Bridge
  • Grande Provence
  • Maison
  • Eikehof
  • Leopard’s Leap
  • Chamonix
  • Dieu Donne
  • Franschhoek Cellar

As with the Blue and Green lines, the main difference between the red and yellow lines are the starting point. With the Red line, you will start with our Tram-busses and end the tour on the Tram and with the Yellow line you commence on the Tram and end of your tour on the Tram-busses.

Purple Line:

The Purple Line operates solely on the tram-bus and showcases the western region of the scenic Franschhoek Valley stopping at the following exquisite wine estates:

  • Boschendal
  • Vrede en Lust
  • Noble Hill
  • Babylonstoren
  • Plaisir de Merle
  • Allée Bleue
  • Solms-Delta

The wine tram is a convenient and trouble free way of doing the rounds of many of the wineries in the Franschhoek valley, and regardless of the route you take, you are guaranteed to have an excellent time.

 

 

3 06, 2017

Franschoek Wine Tram: The Best Way To Experience Wine Tasting In Cape Town.

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No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to the gorgeous, historic yet contemporary Franschhoek. Also famous as the Food and Wine Capital of South Africa, it is an astonishingly beautiful valley that is home to wine estates that are more than 300 years old, located next to boutique wineries.

The Franschhoek Valley wine farms captivate countless visitors annually, ready to discover a little piece of heaven for food and wine enthusiasts, with a variety of wine estates surrounding the charming town of Franschhoek and a history that is visible in the architecture and eateries it is home to. If you’d like to add an extra unique experience to your visit in the Franschhoek Valley, then the Franschhoek Wine Tram is a brilliant way to explore this gem of a place.

The hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram adventure will take you on a journey of stopping off at a number of wine estates along the line you’ve selected, and if you wish to have a picnic in the vineyards or have lunch at the estate restaurant, you will want to make a booking at least 24 hours in advance to prevent disappointment. The Franschhoek Wine Tram seats approximately 32 passengers for this one-of-kind relaxed way of exploring exquisite vineyards,

You can choose from 5 different route options: blue, green, red, yellow and purple to visit particular wine estates. If you’re looking for a more personalised experience, you can book our curated wine tour. This experience includes a professional wine guide that will present you with information on statistics and scientific components of winemaking into fascinating tales about Franschhoek’s history of wine and culture. Guests will have an opportunity to taste the local grape varieties, cultivars and the elements of viticulture that are unique to South Africa. An exclusive tour of the wine cellar will be followed by a curated three-course lunch at the estate eaterie. Guests will also visit two additional Franschhoek wine estates, enjoying a superior wine tasting at every estate.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram team provides door-to-door transfers between the airport and Cape Town, allowing you to relax and savour the experience; and if you find that one day is not sufficient, this warm and friendly team, passionate about Franschhoek, will help you with arranging accommodation.

No other wine tour features every facet of the Franschhoek Valley along with the wine developed in the midst of all this beauty in this distinctive way.

24 04, 2017

5 Reasons To Visit Franschhoek

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Franschhoek is one of those enchanting towns in the Cape Winelands you can never get enough of. You can expect nothing less than majestic mountain scenery, lush vineyards and quaint European feel of the sidewalk shops and restaurants along the main road.

Franschhoek Valley is among the most breathtaking wine valleys in the entire world with its senses of intimacy and mystery that make every tourist feel extremely welcome. It comes as no surprise that Franschhoek is known as the culinary capital of South Africa. Of the top 10 restaurants in South Africa, Franschhoek has three and one in the top 50 worldwide.

If that’s not enough reason to visit the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, here are five more reasons to spoil yourself and travel to this beautiful wine region:

1. Wine, wine and more wine
Because you can’t drive past this side of the world without passing a good number of wine farms most of which offer wine tasting sessions and tours. They’re also relatively affordable and have some of the finest and top of the range wines on offer. A unique way to discover the picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery and, of course, excellent wines of the Franschhoek wine valley is The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour. The tour starts at the Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket office on the main road and departs every 40 minutes.

2. Culinary Heaven
There are some unique places where you can go out and grab a bite. Franschhoek is renowned for its world-class cuisine, and the town’s restaurants take its status as The Gourmet Capital of South Africa seriously. The 36 Franschhoek Eateries, and 4 South African 5-star chefs, continuously produce cuisine that your palate falls in love with. Among these are the restaurants on the various wine farms in the region.

3. Explore the outdoors
Franschhoek Valley features a lot of activities, so it may be hard to decide if you have only a couple of days to experience it all. But there’s something for every taste, and you’ll never get bored. If you enjoy walking or hiking, you will find fantastic walking trails in the mountains around the valley, particularly in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. The various other activities offered in the area are cycling, horse-riding, fly fishing and golf.

4. Marvelous nature and breathtaking views of the mountains
The area offers breathtaking views, gorges and valleys, as well as beautiful places to stay by the river. Aim to enter Franschhoek from the incredible route called Franschhoek Pass, and you’ll be astonished by the surrounding mountain ranges and divine landscape.

5. World-class accommodation
It must be something in the water because the accommodation establishments in Franschhoek have managed to get it just right. Apart from the gorgeous natural setting, you can always expect excellent service.

One thing is for certain – Franschhoek is a place that has so much to offer. Do yourselves a favour and go check it out. You won’t be sorry.

17 04, 2017

Where it all began: The History of the Franschhoek Wine Tram

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Franschhoek Valley

The history of Franschhoek stretches back more than 300 years and starts in France in the 1600s where at that time there was extensive faith based oppression by the ruling Catholics towards the Protestants. Due to this, more than 200 000 of these Protestants became refugees when they left their country of residence and ended up in a small colony on the tip of Southern Africa, the Cape colony.

Franschhoek was the place where nine of these Huguenot families eventually settled after receiving land by the Dutch authorities and through perseverance and determination they converted the wilderness around them into essentially the most spectacular valley in the South Africa, if not the entire world.

Tram Lines

The rails on which the tram operates were originally constructed in 1904 to serve as a substitute for ox pulled carts for farmers hoping to get their produce to market. Steam engines ran along the route until diesel engines took over in the 1970’s after which, in the 1990’s, since the desire for train transport lessened, service along the railway line minimised. For over a decade the rail line continued to be inactive until finally it was returned to full-time operation in 2012 as the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

Wine Tram

The newly built tram is designed in the images of the open-sided Brill Trams of circa 1890. Being an eco-friendly initiative, it makes use of the latest in bio-diesel engine technology to lower greenhouse chemicals and other ecologically harmful pollutants. The tram seats 32 guests on eight secure and comfortable benches. Six of the eight benches include flip-over, tram-style seatbacks that enable passengers to savour the view in both directions. Passenger accessibility is via two low non-slip mounted steps on each side of the tram, permitting secure and easy passenger entry. On inclement weather days, guests are protected by roll-down see-through awnings, which enable them to enjoy the magnificent views while staying comfortable.

Franschhoek Wine Tram presently provides five hop-on hop-off lines to select from, each visiting an average of eight wine estates and showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley.

The tour takes individuals straight into the centre of the Franschhoek Valley, with an experienced guide concentrating on the historical past of Franschhoek and wine farming in the valley with unmatched views of the valley and vineyards.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram tour is among the finest ways to experience the real significance of the Franschhoek Valley – idyllic vineyards, remarkable views, overwhelming hospitality, world-class delicacies, superior wines and a 300-year heritage.

3 04, 2017

Uncover The Beauty Of Franschhoek With An Exclusive Wine Tram Tour

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You simply can’t go to Cape Town without experiencing what its wine regions are offering. Located between magnificent mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands lies the spectacular Franschhoek Valley. Famous as the food and wine capital of South Africa, where superb wines are produced, and outstanding chefs create international cuisine. Breath-taking landscapes, warm hospitality, first class cuisine and the highest quality wines all unite to create long lasting memories.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram tour is among the best ways to uncover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley. A mixture of tram and tram-bus transports travellers around a cycle of stops permitting them to hop-off at each stop and enjoy the activities available, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or perhaps wandering through the vineyards and once they are ready, hop-on to carry on with the tour.

Franschhoek Wine Tram presently features five lines to choose from based on your preferences. Each visiting eight wine estates and introducing a different portion of the Franschhoek Valley. The Franschhoek Wine Tram also provides group wine tours, that are extremely fun for functions, corporate events or functions with a difference! This is a specialised tour for groups of 20 or over that include four superior wine tastings, in addition to the exclusive use of a tram-bus for the entire day while you visit several world-famous wine estates in this stunning valley!

Besides the hop-on hop-off experience, you may select a curated wine experience with the Franschhoek Wine Tram. This will present you with an in-depth look into wine making through the eyes of a wine producer on one of the wine estates you visit, however, these curated wine tours are restricted to seven people, making booking crucial; a terrific way to enjoy an intimate birthday!

You cannot find any other wine tour that demonstrates to you every element of the Franschhoek Valley and the wine developed in the middle of all this splendour in this unique way. With the assistance of a narrator who introduces you to the abundant history of the vineyards you pass, along with the wine estates you visit along the route, it is evident that you will leave your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience with an entirely new outlook of Franschhoek, its wine farms and spectacular dining establishments!

The hospitality of individuals who reside in this area is unreal, the warmth of the welcome you can expect will be with you long after you have departed! The Franschhoek Wine Tram team is equally as pleasant and helpful; they will coordinate private and direct transfers to suit your needs from Cape Town and surrounding areas, such as the airport, allowing you to sit back and relax while they familiarise you with this spectacular valley.

Pick your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience, make your booking and look forward to an

24 03, 2017

Enjoy A One Of A Kind Experience With The Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram

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Whether you are a local or first-time visitor to Cape Town, Franschhoek is one of those places you simply have to visit. Referred to as Wine and Food capital of South Africa, Franschhoek is a stunningly gorgeous valley where you can wine estates that are more than 300 years old, located next to boutique wineries. The Architectural mastery in Franschhoek and the surrounding region is an experience by itself, with the limitations that are placed on refurbishments and new buildings, a considerable amount of the village continues to be in excellent condition featuring its Cape Dutch architecture.

You can choose to explore Franschhoek on your own or make use of the Wine Tram that will take you through charming vineyards and breath-taking scenery while stopping at various Wine Estates. There you’ll be able to experience the activities on offer, whether it’s wine tasting, lunch, a cellar tour, or simply a walk through the vineyards. Franschhoek Wine Tram currently offers five hop-on hop-off lines to choose from Blue Line, Red Line, Yellow Line, Green Line and Purple Line. Each line takes you to approximately eight distinct wine estates, several of which are over 300 years old and a few that offer boutique wines. No matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram tour you decide on, there will be something to suit everybody along the route.

With eight comfortable benches, the Franschhoek Wine Tram can easily seat 32 travellers. They are built to provide passengers with an incredible view of the scenic splendour which signifies the Franschhoek Valley among the marvelous wine regions in Africa. Even in rainy and windy weather, the Franschhoek Wine Tram is a pleasant experience with its roll-down clear awnings that will ensure that you will still have a view while staying cosy and warm!

You will be guided along the way by a professional tour operator who will educate you on the background and history of the wineries. This will most definitely make you feel the echoes of the age old practices handed down from one generation of winemakers to the next, with every new generation adding their flavour to these traditions to produce first class wines.

The particular assortment of cellars visited during the trip by the Franschhoek Wine Tram consist of small boutique wineries to tempt the taste buds of those trying to find something unique in their wines, to pre-arranged tours and conducted tastings at a some of the bigger cellars. All of which offer an array of award-winning wines that vary from plump reds and stylish whites to delicious sparkling wines!

Browse the Franschhoek Wine Tram website to find the tram line to suit your needs then contact the team to make your reservation for an incredible presentation of the Franschhoek wine valley!

17 03, 2017

3 Ways To Experience Franschhoek Wine Valley With The Wine Tram

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There is no doubt about the fact that Franschhoek is one of the most beautiful locations in South Africa, if not in the world. And what better way to visit renowned Wine Estates and Boutique Wineries than on a Wine tram? Sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic landscape Franschhoek has to offer.

When planning your Wine Tram tour, you have three options:

Curated Wine Experience

The journey starts off at the ticket office by tram to a local wine estate where an experienced guide spills the facts, numbers and methodical elements of winemaking into intriguing stories about Franschhoek’s background of wine and tradition. During this fascinating and interactive experience travellers will have a chance to sample, the delicate tastes of terroir, and also discover the local grape varieties, cultivars plus the components of viticulture that are distinctive to South Africa. After a specially curated three-course lunch at the estate, a tour of the estate wine cellar will follow. Later In the afternoon, attendees will stop by two additional Franschhoek wine estates, experiencing a superior wine tasting at every estate.

Booking is essential as only seven spaces are available for each curated wine experience.

Group Experience

The tour is non-public and pre-arranged to a detailed itinerary by Franschhoek Wine Tram. The route includes four wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley, each with a charm as vibrant and unique as the wines they create. At every wine estate, a top quality wine tasting is offered to the group displaying their award winning wines. Most of the wine estates on the schedule feature world-class eateries and a lunch or picnic stop may be provided upon request.

At least 20 guests must be booked to qualify for the Franschoek group tour.

Hop-on Hop-off Experience

Guests onboard the Hop-on hop-off tour will experience an exceptional and relaxing way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they take a trip through vineyards in an open-sided tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa’s classic and most famous wine estates. This is an excellent way to connect with other travellers from all over the world. Franschhoek Wine Tram currently provides five hop-on hop-off lines to pick from, each visiting eight wine estates and featuring another section of the Franschhoek Valley, so be sure to check out our website for details on each line.

Each wine tram can accommodate 32 guests on comfortable benches.

If you’re not familiar with Cape Town, don’t worry, Franschhoek Wine Tram now offers transfers from Cape Town and surrounding areas, as well as the airport, out to Franschhoek at an additional cost.

10 03, 2017

There is no wine valley in the world that can compare with the magic of Franschhoek!

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One can only imagine the absolute joy French Huguenots fleeing from persecution must have felt when they finally got to Franschhoek safely, only to realise that this valley was everything and more than they may have hoped for on what was then still considered the frightening continent of Africa.  The discovery that the land in the valley surrounding them offered the perfect climate and soil in which to carry on the precious tradition of winemaking so close to their hearts was the start of one of the finest wine valleys in the world!

Today, Franschhoek is one of the most sought after destinations for visitors from every corner of the globe wanting to experience all that this beautiful valley and the village of Franschhoek has to offer with its breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and world renowned wines.

Franschhoek is the heart of the Cape Winelands, and in the midst of all this beauty, the Franschhoek Wine Tram takes visitors on a leisurely tour that meanders from one wine estate to another, in the comfort of an open-air tram that offers uninterrupted views of the splendour contained in this scenic valley surrounded by majestic mountains.

The unique variety of cellars along the route taken by the Franschhoek Wine Tram range from small boutique wineries to tempt the palate of those looking for something a little different in their wines, to organised tours and conducted tastings at a few of the larger cellars, offering a range of award-winning wines that range from plump reds and elegant whites to delightful sparkling wines!

There is no other wine tour that shows you every facet of the heart of the Franschhoek Valley and the wine cultivated in the midst of all this beauty in this unique way. With the help of a narrator who introduces you to the rich history of the vineyards you pass, and the wine estates you stop off at along the way, there is no doubt that you will come away from your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience with a whole new perspective of Franschhoek, its wine estates and stunning restaurants!

3 03, 2017

Select your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience and get ready for a unique wine tour!

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Take a leisurely journey through the Franschhoek valley in the open-air Franschhoek Wine Tram, this journey offers uninterrupted views of the breathtaking scenery that makes this region one of the most beautiful corners in South Africa, famous for the cultivation of some of the world’s finest wines!

Franschhoek is known as the Wine and Gourmet capital of South Africa, which, considering that the village of Franschhoek, with its history of over 300 years reflected in the architecture and its rich culture, is home to over 40 restaurants where the talents of nationally and internationally award winning chefs produce culinary delights to suit every palate!

There are three different types of tours offered by the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which include their hop-on hop-off wine tours that stop off at various wine farms along 4 different routes, a curated wine experience and group tours.  The hop-on hop-off open wine tram and open air bus transports visitors to various wine estates along the loop taken, where they can enjoy the different experiences offered by each estate.  These tours include a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley and how the French Huguenots established the first vineyards in the region.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram Curated Wine Experience will take you on a journey into the heart of the world-renowned winemaking culture of the Franschhoek Valley at the first estate visited, introducing you to local wines under the guidance of a knowledgeable wine guide, a 3 course lunch and premium wine tastings at an additional two wine estates! This is a very special tour that is limited to only 7 visitors per curated wine experience, making  booking essential, and it is also a tour that takes you from around 10am to 5pm, so set aside the whole day for this extra special experience!

Last but not least, the Franschhoek Wine Tram offers group wine tours, which are great fun for celebrations, corporate events or functions with a difference! This is a dedicated tour for groups of 20 or more people which include 4 premium wine tastings, along with the exclusive use of a tram-bus for the day while you visit various world-renowned wine estates in this beautiful valley!

Pick your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience, make your booking and look forward to an unforgettable experience and a warm welcome to Franschhoek!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

Transfers from Cape Town / Airport:

Transfers are exclusive to each booking, direct door-to-door and can be arranged to accommodate an extended stay over in Franschhoek at no additional cost.

Transfers start at R550 per person which includes return transfer (based on two people booking) and can be added during the booking process to any of our experiences.

Please note that transfers must be booked no later than 5:00 pm, the day before departure.

Hop-on Hop-off Experience:

BLUE LINE TICKET      
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
GREEN LINE TICKET   
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
RED LINE TICKET        
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
YELLOW LINE TICKET
AdultR220Child (2-17)R90
PURPLE LINE TICKET 
AdultR170Child (2-17)R70
  • Please Note: The tour is strictly a wine tasting experience and does not host celebration events such as birthdays or bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Please Note: Passenger safety is our utmost priority and any passengers exhibiting signs of intoxication will be asked to leave the tour immediately

Curated Wine Experience:

WINE EXPERIENCE     
AdultR950

Group Experience:

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