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. We listed the Things To Do In Franschhoek for you.

18 11, 2016

The Franschhoek Wine Tram experience is an unrivalled journey into the history of wine making in Franschhoek.

2019-06-24T18:18:37+00:00November 18th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Franschhoek Wine Tram experience is an unrivalled journey into the history of wine making in Franschhoek.

If all you have time for is one day in Franschhoek then part of that day should definitely be spent exploring the Franschhoek Valley wine lands in the open-air Franschhoek Wine Tram!  It’s a pretty sure thing that you will be back to explore every one of the four different routes that the Franschhoek Wine Tram crew have mapped out to indulge yourself in the pleasure of fine wines complimented by outstanding cuisine.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram introduces you to an adventure which takes you back in time to when French Huguenot families first settled in this beautiful valley determined to continue a passion for wine making passed down from generation to generation.  Today, the award winning wines of this region are a testimony of the sheer determination of these families to carry on their age old traditions in a valley that presented them with the soil and climate to create magic.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram crew extend their hospitality and warm welcome to all visitors wanting to enjoy every facet of Franschhoek, from the village and its plethora of restaurants to the wine estates by offering affordable rates for their open-air wine tram experience.  In addition to this, the team will assist you by arranging return transfers from Cape Town, the airport and surrounds so that all you have to do is arrive in Franschhoek with a spirit of adventure and a love of fine wines.

Your leisurely open-air tour through the spectacularly beautiful vineyards in the Franschhoek Wine Tram leaves you with enough time to enjoy the beautiful village of Franschhoek or sample the cuisine created by acclaimed chefs in one of the many restaurants which add to the reason why Franschhoek is considered the Wine and Gourmet capital of South Africa.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram tours take you on a journey which includes stopping off at several wine estates along the line and if you would like to have lunch or a picnic at one of your stops it is recommended that you make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance to make sure that you don’t have to do the tour with an appetite crying for relief!

Join the Franschhoek Wine Tram team to enjoy a journey through the Franschhoek Valley that has no equal.

11 11, 2016

Organised wine cellar tours and conducted tastings are all part of the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.

2019-06-24T18:18:38+00:00November 11th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Organised wine cellar tours and conducted tastings are all part of the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.

World class cuisine and fine wines against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery are all hallmarks that contribute to the rare beauty of the Franschhoek Valley, making this one of the most sought after destinations in the heart of the legendary Cape Wine Lands.

French settlers fleeing religious persecution over 300 years ago in their native France fell in love with the rich soil and awe inspiring beauty of this region, which carried with it the promise of a future that would allow these passionate wine makers to continue their age old tradition of producing the finest wines in the world.

The beautiful town of Franschhoek boasts more than 40 restaurants which carry on the longstanding tradition of producing exceptional food to act as the perfect complement to the tradition of winemaking, which has made Franschhoek the Wine and Gourmet capital of South Africa.

Taking The Wine Tram for a journey through the wine lands to stop of at a variety of cellars along the way for conducted tastings will expose you to boutique cellars offering wines to tickle the taste buds of adventurous wine lovers looking for something truly unique in between the stops at the larger cellars for organised tours and conducted tastings.

There are many ways in which to explore the Franschhoek Valley wine estates but none as unique as the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.  Travelling through the breathtaking scenery in the Franschhoek Wine Tram introduces you to a leisurely open air experience, supported by the narration of your guide who will introduce you to the rich history of these vineyards which have been cultivated for hundreds of years.

Offering four different tour lines to choose from, the Franschhoek Wine Tram experience will take you to several of the finest wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley region which will introduce you to a proud heritage which can still be seen and felt today in the region!  Visit the Franschhoek Wine Tram website to take your pick of routes available for an unforgettable day out in Franschhoek.

4 11, 2016

Breathtaking beauty and award winning wines are the foundation of historic Franschhoek.

2018-01-16T13:33:06+00:00November 4th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Breathtaking beauty and award winning wines are the foundation of historic Franschhoek.

Delve into the history of wine making in the Franschhoek Valley when you join a narrated tour with Franschhoek Wine Tram through one of the most beautiful wine making regions in an open-air tram, giving you time to savour the birthplace of award winning wines in South Africa.  These same award winning wines combined with the exquisite cuisine which is endemic to this region has made Franschhoek the Wine and Gourmet Capital of South Africa, where visitors across the globe gather together to enjoy the best in food and wine.

The Franschoek Wine Tram has put together a range of open-air tram tours designed to suit all tastes, whether it is a hop-on, hop-off tour which takes you to several distinguished wine estates or group tours which include a visit to four wine estates per tour.

The hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram tours transport passengers around a loop of stops where you can enjoy the experience of several different wine cellars, whether it is to enjoy wine tasting, lunch or a cellar tour and then to hop-on to continue the next leg of your journey.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram curated wine tour will include a visit with an experienced winemaker who will introduce you to more about the history of wine and culture in Franschhoek, ending with a two course gourmet lunch at the estate restaurant with the wine maker.  After this in-depth experience you will visit another two wine estates to enjoy premium wine tastings at each, fully immersing you in the rich tapestry of Franschhoek.

No matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram tour you choose, you will be in for a unique experience which will give you a completely new perspective of the history that has gone into creating the award winning wines to come out of breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Valley.

28 10, 2016

A unique experience in the Franschhoek Valley awaits you with the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

2019-06-24T18:18:38+00:00October 28th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A unique experience in the Franschhoek Valley awaits you with the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches which are designed to allow passengers a breathtaking view of the scenic beauty of the Franschhoek Valley wine lands and the majestic mountains that frame this region.  Roll-down transparent awnings ensure that even in inclement weather visitors will be kept warm and comfortable on this adventure into the history of 300 year old vineyards.

Some of South Africa’s most distinguished wine estates line the route of the open-side tram and open-air tram-buses which will take you on a leisurely journey through the beauty of rolling vineyards that have been nurtured lovingly for over 300 years.  Each wine estate you stop at along the way presents a variety of tastes and experiences which will satisfy the palate of the most discerning wine connoisseur.

Where there is good wine there will definitely be great cuisine, and whether you decide to have lunch or a picnic at one of the estates along the route you choose, there is no doubt that you will have the best of both worlds on your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.  Should you decide that you would like to explore any one of the many outstanding restaurants that Franschhoek is famous for after your tour, there is no doubt that it will be well worth waiting for!

Take your pick of any one of the 4 different wine routes the Franschhoek Wine Tram has laid on, each of which take you to different stops at wine estates producing award-winning wines to suit every taste, ranging from plump reds to superb sparkling wines.

The Franschhoek Valley enfolds the age old tradition of wine making in an area of unparalleled beauty that inspires millions of visitors to add it to their bucket list every year, and the Franschhoek Wine Tram team has definitely added a new dimension to the exploration of its history for every visitor looking for a unique experience.

21 10, 2016

Fine Wine and Fabulous Scenery

2019-06-24T18:18:39+00:00October 21st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Fine Wine and Fabulous Scenery

Are you looking for a unique and enjoyable day out in the Western Cape region? Allow us to introduce you to the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram experience, which will be enjoyed by young and old alike. The Wine Tram makes for a great day out for a family or a romantic trip for a couple, and if you are passionate about wine then you will have the experience of a lifetime! If you are staying in Cape Town we can eve arrange a direct transfer for you, so you get the best experience possible.

Why the Franschhoek Valley? As you will learn when you take the tour, the region was settled some 300 years ago by French settlers fleeing religious persecution back home, and they chose the location as it offered the ideal situation and climate for growing vines. The estates established back then are still in existence today, and are responsible for some of the very best of South Africa’s wines. What’s more, you can sample them, as the many stops along the circular route allow you to get on and off as you wish, and we give you two complimentary tasting sessions with every adult ticket.

The fine restaurants that are found at many of the wine estates offer a choice of excellent meals, and we recommend you book in advance at your chosen restaurant as dinner tomes can be very popular indeed. Children will enjoy the ride through the valley in the open-sided tram, while the adults can learn about the culture and history of this wine-making paradise, and enjoy the fine views and weather. For the best day out in the region get in touch with us at the Wine Tram website now, and we’ll be happy to book you a place and arrange a transfer if needed.

14 10, 2016

Come and See Us When in Cape Town!

2018-01-16T13:44:07+00:00October 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Come and See Us When in Cape Town!

If you are planning on visiting Cape Town you’ve made a great choice; it’s a beautiful city with much in the way of attractions, and the surrounding area is among the most beautiful in South Africa. with so much to choose from it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time, so can we interest you in a unique and enjoyable ride through the glorious Franschhoek Valley, complete with visits to some of the finest and oldest wine making estates in the country?

The Wine Tram is a popular attraction as it winds its way through the historic vineyards of the valley and stops at many places among the way. Here, you will learn the history of the French settlers who, some 300 years ago, chose this location as the ideal place to grow vines and make fine wine, a tradition that is still the main purpose of the valley today. You also get the chance to visit the estates if you wish, and two complimentary wine tasting sessions are a bonus with every adult ticket for the Wine Tram experience. These are the best wines in South Africa, and you can arrange for extra tastings for little extra cost.

We recommend that you take the time to enjoy the pretty town of Franschhoek, the starting and finishing point for the tour, and if you want to spend some time here we can help you find the perfect accommodation for families or couples. You don’t have to be an out and out wine lover to enjoy the tour – there is the chance for fine food along the way, too – but for wine lovers there is no doubt the Wine Tram tour is a must, so why not book your seats just to be sure?

7 10, 2016

Sample South Africa’s Finest Wines

2018-01-16T13:56:49+00:00October 7th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Sample South Africa’s Finest Wines

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

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

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

30 09, 2016

The Best Way to Visit the Franschhoek Valley

2018-01-16T13:59:27+00:00September 30th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Best Way to Visit the Franschhoek Valley

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

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

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

23 09, 2016

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

2018-01-16T14:06:23+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Share the ultimate Franschhoek Valley experience with the team from The Wine Tram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 09, 2016

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

2018-01-16T14:11:58+00:00September 16th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Book a unique tour in Franschhoek Valley for your celebration or function from the team at Wine Tram.

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

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

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

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

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



Hop-on Hop-off:Adult: R240 / Child (3-17) R90
Curated Experience:Adult: R1050
Group ExperienceAdult: R215 / 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

Discount Wine Tote Bag:

Passengers can now purchase a wine tote bag before departing on the tour for R20 and receive a discount on wine purchases at participating wine estates. The tote bags are manufactured from recycled coffee bags by a local charity and support social upliftment in Franschhoek.

Cape Town & Airport Transfers:

  • Direct door-to-door 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
  • City Sightseeing now offers an all-inclusive Franschhoek Wine Tram experience which includes both transfer and tram tickets. This service runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays each week. Click here for more details