Feel like wine-tasting with a difference? Then, you really should book a wine tram tour of the Franschhoek Winelands – a combination of a bus and tram ride that allows you to, well, hop on and off at the wine farms on your chosen itinerary. Feel like a heightened experience? Then grab a seat on the top deck of the double-decker tram for double the viewing potential.
All you have to do is pick your preferred wine route, sit back and enjoy sweeping vineyard and mountain vistas.
HOP TO IT
There are eight lines in total – Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Grey, Pink and Yellow – each of which visits between seven and nine wine estates, and showcases a different part of the Franschhoek Valley. The Orange and Purple Lines traverse the western region of Franschhoek; the Blue and Green Lines showcase the majestic mountains of the valley; the Red and Yellow Lines take you through rolling vineyards stretching out as far as the eye can see; and the Pink and Grey Lines combine the best of all the lines.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram Routes
|The Line||Wine Farms||Book|
|Orange Line||Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou, Vrede en Lust, Plaisir de Merle, Allee Bleue, Boschendal, Zorgvliet||Book Now|
|Purple Line||Allée Bleue, Boschendal, Zorgvliet, Plaisir de Merle, Vrede en Lust, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou||Book Now|
|Blue Line||La Bri, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, Glenwood, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence Platform||Book Now|
|Green Line||Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, Franschhoek Village, La Bri, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, Glenwood, La Couronne||Book Now|
|Red Line||Haute Cabriere, Holden Manz, Mont Rochelle, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence||Book Now|
|Yellow Line||Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, Franschhoek Village, Haute Cabriere, Holden Manz, Mont Rochelle, Chamonix, Dieu Donne||Book Now|
|Grey Line||Le Lude, Franschhoek Cellar, Maison, Leopard’s Leap, Moreson, Eikehof, Paserene||Book Now|
|Pink Line||Leopard’s Leap, Moreson, Eikehof, Paserene, Franschhoek Village, Le Lude, Franschhoek Cellar, Maison||Book Now|
HOW IT WORKS
Once you have booked a departure time for one of the tours, you are free to hop on and hop off at the various wine estates on your chosen route (although you must start the tour at the ticket office at Franschhoek Square).
Once you get off at a wine estate, it will be one hour before the next bus or tram collects you. You are more than welcome to stay for an additional hour or two at any of the wineries, but this means you’llneed to forfeit another winery along the way.
Other Franschhoek Tram Experiences
The Curated Wine Experience takes passengers to a local wine estate from the Franschhoek Village (leaves at 10.10am). Once there, they’ll be given a guided cellar tour and a three-course lunch before enjoying wine tastings at two additional wine estates, and ending the day back at the Franschhoek Village at 5pm. Book Direct
The Group Tram Experience takes passengers to four Franschhoek wine estates during a four-to-five-hour period, where they’ll be able to enjoy lunch or a picnic (on request) at one of the world-class restaurants on the estates. Guests will be guided through, and have an opportunity to sample, the local grape varieties, learning about the different aspects of viticulture which are unique to Southern Africa. Book Direct.
All that’s left to say is: Santé! À la vôtre!