The Franschhoek Wine Tram tour has become one of the most popular activities for wine lovers all over the world. The quaint, small village of Franschhoek is the perfect place to move away from the busy city and to enjoy 8.5 hours touring around one of the most serene wine valleys in South Africa.
With various lines to choose from, immerse yourself in an entire day of world-class wine tasting at a selection of over 22 award-winning vineyards. Be lead by an experienced guide who will elaborate on the history of Franschhoek, as well as the farms you will be visiting.
If this is the ideal plan for you, read more about the tour lines, wine farms and prices available.
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Franschhoek Tram Tour Info:
All guests that have booked tickets through the tram tour website are expected to collect their tickets at the ticket office in the Franschhoek Village.
Each line has individual departure times, and guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their departure.
The Franschhoek Tram tour is known to be spot on with their time management; trams make stops at each wine farm every hour, so guests can choose to move on, or extend their visit and wait for the following tram.
It is strongly suggested that you reserve a table for lunch at one of the farms along the route you have selected, a few days prior to the tour, as restaurants are likely to be busy.
Adults – R200
Children – R90 (Ages 3-17)
Each wine tasting will be at an additional cost depending on the farms pricing. Guests of the tram tour receive various discounts, which are discussed with you upon arrival.
With that being said, wine tastings range from 4-8 tasters per vineyard and cost between R20-R50. A few farms also offer discounts on wine bottles to tram guests.
The Noble Hill wine estate is a beautiful, small estate that takes pride in crafting authentic, elegant wines found in South Africa. It is located in the Simonsberg-Paarl mountains, which has given birth to some of the greatest wines since the 1600’s.
Babylonstoren is one of the oldest, state-of-the-art wineries in the Cape, dating back to 1692. It is host to 13 varieties of grapes and makes use of multiple fermentation processes that create their award-winning wines.
The farm is designed according to 17th century Cape Dutch architecture and has a gorgeous greenhouse that is used to grow fruits, vegetables and berries.
Backsberg is an ever-popular wine farm that has today, grown into a household brand. Since its launch in 1970, it has become home to vintage, classic and premium wines. Their aim is to cater to a broad range of wine lovers.
Backsberg selects grapes from top performing farms to develop exceptional creations with character and, in their words, ‘finesse’.
Their white wines are cellared for 2-3 years, while their reds are left to mature for 8-10 years.
Only having launched in 1895, Glen Carlou is a relatively young vineyard that has quickly developed a reputation as a leader in wine production in South Africa.
Due to its location, Glen Carlou enjoys unique growing conditions with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters; the vineyard benefits from rich soil that allows the highest quality grapes to be grown and produced.
Solms Delta is a recently transformed vineyard, known for working alongside the disadvantaged in order to increase community upliftment in the area.
Solms Delta wines are separated into 3 individual collections:
- Lifestyle – comprised of five, everyday wines. Included in this collection is their best-selling, Rose.
- Heritage – includes wines that are distinctive to the vineyard. They are symbolic of the heritage behind Solms Delta.
- Terroir – the more expensive collections. Unique wines produced from premium grapes meant for special occasions.
Vrede en Lust
Vrede en Lust wines are produced to the highest of standards. Due to the farm’s location, the grapes are grown in rich soil and perfect weather conditions.
Vrede en Lust has been producing quality wines for the past 300 years and is now home to 8 white wines, 11 red, rose and prosecco.
Plaisir de Merle
Plaisir de Merle has been curating quality wines for over 400 years. The legacy continues at this beautiful wine farm, comprised of an incredible view of the Simonsberg mountains and tasting opportunities with their award-winning wines.
Established in 1690, Allee Bleue is a quaint vineyard that aims to offer guests a unique wine tasting experience. The Dauphin family, having taken over in 1999, has set high standards for the quality produce you see today. With a beautiful location and world-class wine, what could be better?
One of the more popular wine farms in the Franschhoek wine valley, also owned by Sir Richard Branson himself, this gorgeous wine farm is home to some of the most elegant, top-quality, award-winning wines.
Book yourself a table at the vineyard restaurant as they serve some of the most incredible, gourmet dishes.
- Le Lude
Another one of the most popular spots along this Franschhoek tour is Le Lude. Today, this vineyard has paved the way for new creations in the South African wine industry; being the first cellar to produce the Agrafe Cap Classique.
Le Lude was one of the first to produce sparkling wines in South Africa and their mission is to continue to produce premium wines of pure excellence.
La Bri is a family owned vineyard, which came back to life in 2008, harvesting their first produce in their brand new cellar that is able to hold 120-tonnes of wine. Their new processes work to produce limited wines paired with unlimited elegance and quality.
A small, yet beautiful wine farm that not only produces classic wines, but also grows pears, plums and olives.
Enjoy their lovely range of wines and pair them with their house chocolate, produced specifically for the ‘La Bourgogne’ range.
Found in a prime location in Franschhoek, enjoy the Holden Manz range of speciality red wines. Revel in the finer things in life with this state-of-the-art winery and restaurant.
With breathtaking views of this all popular wine valley, La Couronne celebrates 300 years of wine culture. With an award-winning Merlot Rose, you cannot go wrong when deciding to visit this estate.
La Couronne has also opened their brand new wine tasting centre to showcase the vineyards range of top-class wines; we also suggest their chocolate and wine pairing.
Hidden amongst the Dassenberg mountains, Rickety Bridge has today developed a range of incredible wines that are highly distinctive to South African tastes.
This vineyard is by far one of the most exemplary estates, having earned a multitude of awards at award shows around South Africa and the rest of the world.
Grande Provence was purchased in 2004 by Dutch and Belgian business people with an undeniable passion for food, wine and luxury.
Enjoy perfectly cultivated wines in this European inspired estate. Learn about the farm’s history and what it takes to make top-quality wines.
Maison recently joined forces with the ever-popular Chefs warehouse; a world-renowned restaurant, known for its progressive food culture that is sought after all over the world.
With that being said, one can imagine the standards Maison lives up to. Maison wine estate has a transparent work ethic when it comes to the cultivation of their wine. It is evident in the careful hand-selection of their grapes and the nurturing of their growth to full potential without cutting corners.
Eikehof is the proud home to 6 varieties of wine as well as a peach orchard. This farm is well-known for having the oldest growth of Semillon vines from South Africa, dating back to the 1900’s.
Eikehof wines are made from the finest grapes, produced to their full potential.
Leopards Leap vineyards produce top-quality wines at affordable prices. They pride themselves upon cultivating easy-drinking wines that are suitable for any occasion.
Leopards Leap has a popular tasting room and views of the picturesque landscape.
Chamonix is one of the largest vineyards, also hosting farmland and a game reserve comprised of zebra, springbok and wildebeest.
The most popular wines, which are a ‘must-try’, are the Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon, Pinotage and Pinot Noir. An interesting fact about the Chenin is that seeds were planted about 60 years ago with the purpose of producing brandy. However, due to South African climate, the vines evolved into what they are today.
Dieu Donné Vineyards was bought by the French-Mauritian in search of his French roots right here in South Africa.
The farm produces quality wines due to its location amongst the Franschhoek mountains. Being hidden from the hottest part of the day, grapes are able to ripen slowly. Dieu Donne soils are also never irrigated to ensure concentrated flavours.
Dieu Donne vineyards produce, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and have recently added a Méthode Cap Classique and Viognier to its collection. Merlot is the award winner of the cellar and should definitely be tried whilst visiting.
Pair country leisure with the elegance of a world-class wine estate, and you will have the Franschhoek wine cellar.
Saving the best for last, this wine estate is a staple to the Franschhoek wine valley. Enjoy chocolate and cheese tastings, or a quick meal in their gorgeous gardens. Should you wish to take a break from wine tasting, you can also enjoy a pint in their very own beer garden.
The Franschhoek Cellar has produced award-winning reds, whites and Methode Cap Classique.
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The wine tour hosts 6 tram lines, taking guests to 8 wine farms per line.