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Franschhoek Wine Tram: What to Expect

Posted on the September 26th, 2019

Hop aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram for a day filled with the tastiest food, and most scrumptious wine selection! Linking a number of world-renowned wine estates and award-winning wineries, the Wine Tram is an established favourite in the Franschhoek Valley. This hop-on, hop-off wine tour draws travellers and locals alike, since it is an effortless way to sample the delicious wines and cuisine the valley has to offer, all while taking in the exquisite scenery.

Franschhoek Wine Tram

History
The track, which was originally built in 1904, was created as an alternative to ox drawn carts. Farmers used the track to transport their produce to the nearby markets daily. Before the 1970’s, steam trains were the only locomotives to use the route. After which, diesel powered locomotive took over for twenty or so years before the need for railway transport decreased in the 1990’s. In 2012, the railway was restored and the Franschhoek Wine Tram was born! After a decade of the line lying dormant, the tram now serves as a sought after tourist attraction for the quaint yet bustling town.

The Tram
The tram is open-sided, allowing the fresh air to breeze through the 32 seater locomotive. Most of the seats have the option to be flipped so you can enjoy the view from either angle. Another added bonus is that the Franschhoek Wine Tram is a green initiative, using bio-diesel engine technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wine Tasting Routes
With eight different daily tours to choose from, you’re bound to find a route that best suits you. The lines are colour coded, and each different colour represents a different area of the luscious valley. The tour is one directional with up to nine possible stops- each of which will span a minimum of one hour.

The Blue Line and the Green Line are known to showcases the beauty of the Franschhoek mountains while they transport you to some of the most well-established wineries in the region. The Red Line and the Yellow Line do a fantastic job of framing the verdant vineyards, and each offer a unique and well-worthwhile boutique of wine estates. In recent years, the Grey Line, Purple Line, Orange Line, and Pink Line have be added to offer unique combinations of the original four. Each route has something slightly different up its sleeve, so make sure to take a look at the Franschhoek Tram website to find the route for you.

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Tickets
Tickets are just R240 per person and wine tastings can be purchased at each farm, ranging from R20-R50 per tasting. If you are going as a group, tickets are R215 per person. Each line has different tasting specials so be sure to keep an eye out for the complimentary tastings.Tickets can be purchased online here.

Transfers
All tours start and end at the ticket office, and run daily- with the exception of a few days between Christmas and New Year. The Franschhoek Wine Tram now has an exclusive transfer service, which will ensure your safe delivery to your accommodation in the area. What’s more, there are even transfers available if you’re coming from Cape Town, so that your trip from the city to the winelands and back will be taken care of for a small fee of R550 per person.

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To find out more information, or to book your next or first trip, call +27 21 300 0338, email info@winetram.co.za or visit their Facebook page. They can be found at Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Road, and are well worth the visit.

Still looking for the perfect Franschhoek hotel accommodation? Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is the obvious choice when planning a relaxing weekend in the winelands. Email reservations@lefranschhoek.co.za, call +27 (21) 876 8900 or visit the website for more information or to book your place today!

Image Credit: South African Tourism,  noviceromano, jbdodane

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