Exploring Culinary Delights: Dining on the Franschhoek Wine Tram
The Franschhoek Wine Tram is more than just a mode of transportation; it’s a journey through the heart of South Africa’s culinary and wine paradise. Nestled amidst the picturesque vineyards and rolling hills of Franschhoek, this unique experience offers not only a taste of the region’s finest wines, but also an opportunity to indulge in the delectable creations of its award-winning, world-renowned restaurants.
Let’s delve into some of the restaurants in Franschhoek which you can enjoy along the Franschhoek Wine Tram route:
1. Baccõ Estate
Baccõ Wine Estate invites you to indulge in the Italian tradition of cicchetti – small, delectable dishes paired perfectly with their wines.
Boschendal Wine Estate seamlessly marries the elegance of its wines with an inviting harvest-style à la carte dining experience across its restaurants: Werf and Deli. The Deli, nestled under oaks, provides a casual, family-friendly dining experience, serving farm-style meals from breakfast to dinner, inspired by the seasons. Overlooking the valley and situated near the original cellar of the Manor House, Werf Restaurant offers contemporary soil-to-fork dining. It showcases local, seasonal, and ethically sourced ingredients, making the most of its idyllic setting.
3. Grande Provence
Experience the culinary richness of Grande Provence through a trio of dining delights. At The Restaurant, indulge in artfully crafted à la carte dishes, while The Bistro Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere for savouring modern bistro-style fare. For an outdoor culinary escapade, the Grand Country Picnics present a charming setting to enjoy gourmet picnic baskets paired with their estate’s fine wines, creating an unforgettable sensory symphony of flavours.
4. Haute Cabrière
Haute Cabrière’s wines are synonymous with elegance and refinement. Pair your tasting experience with their exquisite à la carte menu, curated to enhance the nuances of their wines.
5. Holden Manz
Holden Manz Wine Estate invites you to savour their wines alongside a carefully crafted à la carte menu, offering delicious light meals, picnics and guided tastings. Each dish showcases the estate’s commitment to quality and innovation.
6. Leopard’s Leap
Leopard’s Leap’s wines find their perfect culinary partner in the rotisserie offerings. Delight in the art of slow-cooked perfection while enjoying their exceptional wines. Their restaurant boasts both à la carte and buffet options.
7. Klein Goederust
Klein Goederust presents a feast for the senses with their wines, complemented by a mouthwatering spit braai menu. Immerse yourself in a South African culinary tradition while enjoying their exceptional wine offering.
8. Dieu Donné
Dieu Donné’s wines are accompanied by an exquisite à la carte menu. Enjoy a blend of flavours that complement both the wines and the stunning views.
9. Franschhoek Cellar
Franschhoek Cellar offers a diverse range of dining experiences from an à la carte menu. Explore their wines while delighting in culinary creations that elevate the tasting journey.
10. Le Lude
Le Lude wine estate invites you to experience their wines alongside a curated à la carte menu. Immerse yourself in an elegant dining experience that perfectly complements the estate’s refined wines and atmosphere.
11. Le Pommier
Le Pommier’s wines are accompanied by a delightful à la carte menu, offering the best in country cuisine filled with flavour.
12. Lynx Estate
Lynx Wine Estate pairs its wines with light meals that accentuate the wines’ characteristics. Enjoy a casual yet refined dining experience in the heart of Franschhoek.
13. Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle offers the perfect blend of wines and à la carte or picnic options. Mont Rochelle is a culinary haven, featuring two exceptional restaurants: Miko Restaurant and The Country Kitchen. Miko offers a refined dining experience with a focus on gourmet excellence, while The Country Kitchen provides a more casual, rustic atmosphere, both serving up delectable dishes amid the stunning backdrop of the estate’s natural beauty.
14. Noble Hill
Noble Hill’s wines are beautifully paired with Cosecha, a culinary offering that celebrates the estate’s Spanish heritage. Soak up the flavours that tell a story.
15. Rickety Bridge
Indulge in an impeccable à la carte dining experience at Rickety Bridge, thoughtfully curated to harmonise with their exceptional wines. Treat yourself to delicious wood-fired pizzas and cheese and meat platters at the Wine Tasting Centre, or explore a bistro-style lunch at Paulina’s Restaurant next door. Whether savouring the exquisite menu, enjoying platters, or opting for a delightful lunch, Rickety Bridge guarantees an unforgettable culinary journey.
Solms-Delta presents a delightful blend of wines and à la carte or picnic options. Immerse yourself in the estate’s rich history while savouring their wines and cuisine.
17. Vrede en Lust
Vrede en Lust offers a bistro experience and cheese platters alongside their wines. Relax and enjoy the charming ambiance of the estate.
Zorgvliet pairs its wines with light meals, creating a delightful dining experience. Unwind and relish the estate’s offerings amidst picturesque surroundings.
Babylonstoren offers an enchanting farm-to-table dining adventure with a range of unique restaurants. Babel restaurant offers a colourful menu reflecting the farm’s harvest, their Greenhouse restaurant offers fresh and healthful cuisine in a lush setting, The Bakery charms with artisanal treats, and their Babel Tea House adds an elegant touch with tea and light bites. All their options let you relish in the farm’s produce that pair perfectly with their wines, while soaking in the estate’s historic charm.
Chamonix Wine Estate offers a unique blend of wines and a delightful à la carte menu in a casual fine dining style at the award-winning Arkeste Restaurant. Enjoy their carefully crafted menu, which showcases seasonal and local ingredients, while surrounded by the stunning beauty of the estate’s vineyards and mountains.
These are just a few of the esteemed restaurants that grace the landscapes of Franschhoek. Each offers a unique glimpse into the world of wine and culinary craftsmanship, making the region a must-visit for food and wine enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re indulging in Italian cicchetti, experiencing the harmony of harvest-style dining, or savouring a traditional South African spit braai, Franschhoek’s estates promise a journey of flavours that will linger on your palate and in your memory. So, raise your glass and embark on a culinary adventure through Franschhoek’s finest estates!
For contact information for each estate please visit our dining page: https://winetram.co.za/restaurants-in-franschhoek/
Cicchetti are small Italian appetisers, hailing from Venice. These bite-sized snacks are served in bars and cafes, offering an array of flavours from traditional items like cheese and cured meats to more intricate options such as seafood dishes and creative toppings.
A la carte:
“A la carte” is a French term used in the context of dining and menu selection. It refers to a type of menu where individual dishes or items are priced separately. In other words, when dining “a la carte,” customers can choose and order specific dishes from the menu and are charged based on the price listed for each item.
“Cosecha” is a Spanish word that translates to “harvest” in English.
“Rotisserie dining” refers to a style of dining that centres around the cooking method of rotisserie roasting. In this type of dining experience, various meats, poultry, and sometimes even vegetables are prepared using a rotisserie and served as the main attraction.BOOK NOW