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CURATED WINE EXPERIENCE - FRANSCHHOEK

Franschhoek

Activity Description

Franschhoek Wine Tram Curated Wine Experience:

Enhance your visit to the Cape Winelands by immersing yourself in the world-renowned winemaking culture of the Franschhoek Valley while discovering local wines under the expert guidance of our knowledgeable wine ambassador and sampling the best of local cuisine.

Join us for a wine experience that showcases Franschhoek’s picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines, and a 300-year history.

Tour Experience:
The day starts with a journey by tram to a local wine estate where our wine ambassador weaves the facts, figures, and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting stories about Franschhoek’s history of wine and culture.

During this engaging and interactive experience, guests will be guided through, and have an opportunity to sample, the subtle tastes of terroir, as well as learn about the local grape varieties, cultivars, and aspects of viticulture that are unique to Southern Africa.

After the morning lecture, guests will join the wine guide on a tour of the estate wine cellar followed by a specially curated three-course gourmet lunch at the estate restaurant.

In the afternoon, guests will visit two local wine estates in Franschhoek, enjoying a premium wine pairing at each estate.

At the end of the experience, guests will leave feeling more knowledgeable and connected to the local wine culture and ready to discover the Franschhoek Valley further.

Tour Highlights:
• Depart from the Franschhoek Terminal at 10:30 am
• The passage on the double-decker railway tram to a local wine estate
• Wine lecture by a wine ambassador
• Guided cellar tour (when available)
• Three-course lunch
• Premium wine tastings at two additional wine estates
• Return to the Franschhoek Village at approximately 5 pm

Franschhoek Valley:
Breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, and fine wines: These are the hallmarks of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands. When the Huguenots first settled in this spectacular valley over 300 years ago, they brought with them their traditions and knowledge in winemaking and viticulture from their native France and transformed the wilderness around them into one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. This proud heritage can be seen and felt today in the Village and on the surrounding farms.

The fertile Franschhoek Valley is home to some of South Africa’s noble cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.

The tour is strictly a wine-tasting experience and does not host celebration events such as birthdays or bachelor/bachelorette parties as the estates visited are primarily wine-tasting venues and not party venues. In order to properly exercise their duties, the Franschhoek Wine Tram staff members place a legitimate expectation on all guests not to behave in an unacceptably loud, disruptive, offensive, or intoxicated manner. Should any such behaviour be exhibited the Franschhoek Wine Tram reserves its right to suspend or withdraw its services. All vehicles are fitted with CCTV and monitored throughout the service.

CANCELLATION POLICY (All services including chauffeur/transfer services):
3 days + = 100% REFUND
Less than 72 hours before scheduled TIME SLOT = No Refund

Please send a cancellation email to info@winetram.co.za including your booking ID on the subject to request a refund.

Passengers may dine at one of several restaurants on the tour. To avoid disappointment, it is highly recommended that passengers make reservations for lunch/picnic at least 24-48 hours in advance. Food or open alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the tour though food and drinks are available for purchase at the wine estates. Wine tastings can be purchased at each wine estate directly.

Tickets are to be collected on the day of your tour. Please be at the Ticket Office +/-20 minutes prior to your departure time.

Please take note that pets are not permitted on the tour.

Regret no children without prior arrangement.

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
WhenThe service runs daily except for 24th and 25th December, 31st December and 1st January.
WhereThe tour embarks and disembarks from the Franschhoek Terminal. Corner of Main Road and Cabriere Street, Franschhoek 7690 Where to Park? Parking available at the Franschhoek Terminal..
WeatherBoth the tram and tram-bus are fairly well protected from the rain but on the rare occasion the service may be cancelled due to weather conditions or mechanical problems without notice in which case full refunds will be issued.
What to WearWe will be travelling with open blinds and windows for your safety, please wear warm comfortable clothes & shoes on cold days. As the tour includes a vineyard walk we suggest wearing comfortable shoes for walking on outside terrain.
Things to BringBooking confirmation, water & sunscreen
Guests or Spectators

Requirements

Minimum Age18 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsPassage on the tram to a local wine estate, wine lecture by knowledgeable wine ambassador, cellar tour (when available), three-course lunch, premium wine tastings at two additional wine estates
Exclusions

Items of a personal nature
Chauffeur/Transfer – Please note transfers are added at an additional cost to your booking.

Notes

Please note all our tours are not wheelchair friendly as the vehicles are all safari-type vehicles. All clients travelling with us need to be mobile due to stairs in all vehicles as well as accessibility at the wine estates. Please contact our offices (info@winetram.co.za or 021 300 0338) for personalised options.

Customer Reviews

This was a really nice day out. The tram was a charming way to travel between wineries, and our host provided expert guidance and insight throughout. Lovely lunch at the Rickety Bridge. - Steve Orbell


We both thoroughly enjoyed our day which was curated by SK. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The three vineyards visited were all different but very enjoyable and we got to taste some fantastic wines. The meal at Rickety Bridge was good and we also enjoyed meeting the other 5 people on the tour. Our favourite vineyard was Grande Provence and we would have liked more time there and so we will be back ! - Robert Corbett


We had an amazing time on the Wine Tram - we went for the curated package which also included lunch which is definitely recommended! Very well organised and lots of delicious food and wine. Our guide, Roger, was really great and the views were amazing! We weren't rushed at each stop at all and had time to enjoy each stop too. Thanks to the whole team for such a smooth and enjoyable day! - Rhea Mano


I really enjoyed this experience, very informative and enjoyable, a good variety of tasting options, and the food and tasting was delish. You also get to meet a good variety of people which made the experience even better. I would recommend not to go on a very hot day (thank me later). Our host was also very hospitable and accommodating to different taste preferences. Would definitely recommend! - Danielle Diesel


It was good and worth the money - Natsai Mutyavaviri




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