My Franschhoek Wine Tram experience
There are so many amazing things to do in Cape Town, from climbing Table Mountain to chilling on one of the beaches, that driving to Franschhoek for an hour might not be on the top of your list. But I’m sure that it will be up there once you reach the end of this blog post. I believe that no visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to the gorgeous Cape Winelands!
What's better than wine with a view?
The beautiful scenery kept amazing me!
Franschhoek is known as the wine heartland of South Africa. It is a picturesque destination, home to award-winning wine, numerous restaurants, a quaint but bustling town centre as well as beautiful landscapes. With its history dating back more than 300 years –to when the first French refugees settled there– the culture of Franschhoek is rich and diverse. Walking through the main street, you’ll find many art galleries, gift shops and multiple amazing restaurants. And once you’ve made your way through town it’s time for the real deal: visiting Franschhoek’s amazing vineyards!
Time for our next destination!
We had the best tour guide, Justin, who told us all about the wine estates we were about to see!
There are many popular vineyards spread throughout the Franschhoek valley. Concerned about how you will fit in all of them? Try the Franschhoek Wine Tram! This hop-on-hop-off Tram adventure will take you on a journey of stopping off at a number of wine estates along the line you’ve selected. The Tram offers eight lines to choose from and each of the lines has a wide selection of wine estates to visit (approximately 7 per line) from boutique to marquee estates. Visit the Franschhoek Wine Tram website to explore the different lines and their corresponding wine estates.
Time for another tasting...
Last time I went we chose for the blue line, which takes you to seven wine estates. However, we decided to only get off at five of them so we had a bit more time to enjoy the delicious wines and food. I would recommend doing this as well, since we still felt a bit rushed at times. My personal favourites from this line were La Bourbogne and Grande Provence. At La Bourbogne we ordered a big food platter, which had the best cheese I have EVER tasted. Cheeselovers, you must all go there! At Grande Provence we sat in the most beautiful garden. I immediately imagined myself getting married there. After the last wine estate we decided to have dinner in the city centre. As mentioned before, there are many amazing restaurants to choose from. Make a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.
Minutes before our cheese arrived. Can you see the excitement on our faces?
The price of the Wine Tram is R240. The prices for wine tastings at the vineyards range between R25 and R75 per person and are not included in the tour price.
You really have not lived until you have tasted a true South African Wine and what better place to do this than in Franschhoek? Cheers!