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TIME TO GET ON TRACKS

TIME TO GET ON TRACKS

With just a few years since its inception, the Franschhoek Wine Tram successfully established itself as a ‘must do’ experience when visiting the culinary capital of South Africa. A great vision, professional executing and management and a superb standard of service drives the team behind the Wine Tram to keep offering alluring ways and combinations to create the best day out.

With currently offering 6 different routes that holds treasures for both foodies and wine lovers, we will lay out for you 2 routes at a time. All routes are based on a hop-on hop-off system that follows a time table and are complimented with specially designed, old charming open buses to get you from the tracks to the cellar door.

The Purple Line departs on the tram first and showcases the western region of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley stopping at the following wine estates: Solms-Delta, Allee Bleue, Plaisir de Merle, Vrede en Lust, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg and Glen Carlou.

Solms-Delta has the Fyndraai Food & Wine Pairing on their menu. 6 courses of locally sourced and traditionally inspired menu with 6 wines to match. It requires a minimum of 6 people and pre-booking is advised.

Allee Bleue, one of the best-known herb growers in the region in addition of being a wine estate, offers an array of experiences. The wine tasting will give you a quick impression while the bistro offers a more relaxed dining setting. If you are a noise party or just being a master of your time, the picnic option is a basket of surprises that will compliment a leisurely time on the big lawns.

At Plaisir de Merle you can complement your wine tasting with a tour that explores the rich history of 400 years of wine-making and includes sightings of architectural features dating back to the early years of the Marais family, as well as murals designed to pay tribute to the founders of the estate.

Vrede en Lust’s majestic tasting room offers a selection of wine tasting with sweet or savory pairing options and platters for those who wish to indulge longer. The Lust Bistro & Bakery is a relaxed and sophisticated dining option with many local fans.

The Noble Hill award winning, Latin-inspired estate restaurant, Cosecha, serves breakfast and lunch all day. Specials are crafted each day based on fresh local ingredients, a lot of them grown on the estate grounds. Wine tastings are done in the wine shop and the picnic basket is filled with Latin dishes made by the restaurant team.

Babylonstoren holds a tasting room, 4 dining options: the Tea Ritual, the bakery, the greenhouse and Babel restaurant, a spa and one of the most beautiful architectural gardens in South Africa that combines ingredient growing and the art of landscaping.

At Backsberg you’ll get the chance to try fine locally produced Brandy.

The restaurant at Glen Carlou serves modern, season appropriate, elegant food in a setting that also delivers a panoramic view over the vineyards, rolling all the way to Paarl mountains.

The Orange Line departs on the tram-bus first and showcases the western region of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley stopping at the following wine estates: Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou, Vrede en Lust, Plaisir de Merle, Allee Bleue and Solms-Delta.

Accommodation is available at Allee Bleue, Vrede en Lust & Babylonstoren

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