Wine Tasting Tips for Beginners: A Guide for First Time Wine Tram Visitors

Wine Tasting Tips for Beginners: A Guide for First Time Wine Tram Visitors

Setting out on a wine tasting journey can be an exciting adventure, especially in the breathtaking vineyards of Franschhoek. As you hop aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram, get ready to savour the rich flavours and aromas of world-class wines. For first-time visitors, navigating the art of wine tasting might seem daunting, but fear not! This guide is here to provide practical tips and tricks to elevate your experience.


Before taking that first sip, give your wine a gentle swirl in the glass. This isn’t just for show, it helps release the wine’s bouquet by allowing it to come into contact with oxygen. Hold the base of the glass and create small, circular motions. Swirling oxygenates the wine and intensifies its aromas.

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Engage your sense of scent by taking a moment to smell the wine. Hold the glass close to your nose and inhale gently. Note the various aromas – fruits, flowers, spices, or even earthy undertones. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert at identifying scents; it’s all about personal interpretation.

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Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for – the first sip. Take a small sip and let it coat your palate. Pay attention to the texture, acidity, and sweetness. Is it light and crisp or rich and velvety? Swish the wine around to explore its full flavour. Take your time and enjoy each sip. Remember, wine tasting is a journey, not a race.

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Palate Cleansing

In between tastings, cleanse your palate to fully appreciate each wine. Sip water and nibble on a cracker to neutralise your taste buds. (A great excuse to order a cheese platter). This ensures that the lingering flavours from the previous wine won’t interfere with the next one.

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Don’t Be Shy, Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Winery staff are passionate about their craft and are more than happy to share their knowledge. 

Here are a few things you can ask about: 

  • Grape varieties
  • The winemaking process
  • Recommended food pairings

There’s no doubt that learning about the wines you’re tasting adds a layer of enjoyment to the tasting experience.

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Embarking on a wine tasting journey on the Franschhoek Wine Tram promises a delightful experience for both newcomers and seasoned connoisseurs alike. With these practical tips at hand, you’re prepared to gracefully engage in the art of swirling, sniffing, and savouring the diverse flavours of our valley.

Cheers to your wine tasting journey!