Feel like wine-tasting with a difference? Then, you really should book a wine-tram tour of the 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.
The tour has been a wildly popular experience in Franschhoek for years, and now, the company has upped the ante by introducing a new double-decker tram. She’s a beauty, and it’s estimated she’ll carry in excess of 120 000 guests in the coming season.
Along with the new tram, another railway line has been opened. The new route connects the Simondium and Groot Drakenstein Stations, and offers spectacular views of Franschhoek Valley’s sprawling vineyards, with the great Simonsberg mountains as the backdrop.
Hop to it
There are six routes in total: the Orange Line, Purple Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line and Yellow Line. Each line connects eight 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; and the Red and Blue Lines take you through rolling vineyards stretching out as far as the eye can see.
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 for one-hour intervals each (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 need to forfeit another winery along the way.
All that’s left to say is: Santé! À la vôtre!