Wine and History in the Beautiful Franschhoek Valley
Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa, and with good reason. A unique city with many different cultural influences across the years, it is regarded as a truly unique experience and offers a rich historical background that is fascinating. What is equally interesting historically is the development of the wine growing area in the nearby Franschhoek Valley, where you can take the Wine Tram tour and visit some of the oldest – and finest – wine making estates in the country, where wonderful fine wines that are revered the world over are produced.
The Franschhoek wine story begins some 300 years ago, when Protestant refugees from France, already experts in wine production, fled the persecution in their home country, and eventually settled in the then undeveloped valley. The rest, as they say, is history, and the wine estates you see today have their routes in just nine families who chose this quite beautiful and spectacular place as home. The combination of French wine-making expertise and perfect weather and location for vines meant the future was sealed, and to this day the wines produced here are as wonderful as ever.
The Wine Tram takes you on tracks that were originally built more than 100 years ago to serve local farmers, and the beautiful tram on which you take a leisurely and exciting trip through the glorious valley, stopping at some of the wine estates along the way where you are welcome to get off and get back on later, is a recreation of traditional trams of that era, and offers you splendid views in all directions. Don’t miss out on this unique and fun experience – get in touch with the Franschhoek Wine Tram right now, and book your seats for a journey of wine and history to be enjoyed by all.