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A DREAM COME TRUE

A DREAM COME TRUE

There can’t be any exceptions- when travelling to Cape Town a wine tour is a must! If not for the love of wine than for the scenery, the cultural, luxurious experience and the sheer beauty of our Winelands.

But then you face the Designated Driver conundrum. Who is it going to be? No way! Why me?

We are happy to inform you that this problem is no longer everlasting. With two key players in our tourism industry joining forces, a day of pure enjoyment is on the cards.

The red buses of City Sightseeing will pick you up safely and reliably from various points along the Atlantic Seaboard and get you to and back from the Franschhoek Wine Tram 3 times a week.

Depart from Cape Town in a luxury air-conditioned coach and head directly to the Franschhoek Valley to hop off at the Franschhoek Wine Tram for a day of wine tasting and beautiful sights. The City Sightseeing double deck buses are equipped with free WiFi and power docking stations.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers two hop-on, hop-off lines, the Purple & the Orange, each visiting nine wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley using a combination of the tram and tram-buses. The tram or tram-buses pass each wine estate once an hour, so you can explore at your convenience, enjoy a leisurely lunch or move from one estate to the next.

It is well advised, especially during the high season, to pre-book lunch or a picnic basket at your preferred estate. You should also bear in mind that if you plan to fully enjoy the day without rushing and stressing, you will probably get to visit about 3-4 estates.

Plan your day ahead, pay attention to the time tables and while at it, plan your second visit. You will want to.

Wine farms included in the Franschhoek Wine Tram route:

Allée Bleue

Wine and olive oil in the tasting room, a bistro and some of the best picnic baskets our winelands has to offer.

The estate is known for its’ farming and provides fresh herbs to the best local supermarkets. We mention t    hat in order to boost your imagination and day dream about the flavours that they serve.

Boschendal

A tasting room, a farm to table restaurant that sources from both the gardens and their fruit orchards, picnic options and again- the gardens- a splendid example of thoughtfully landscaped local flora and fauna.

 Zorgvliet

The Cape Dutch tradition follows through the restaurant menu with a take on local dishes and generous portions. Picnics can be enjoyed seated on the rolling lawns or at one of the tables under the ancient trees.

Plaisir de Merle

One of the most treasured wine estates in the area and a heaven for wine aficionados. This is the place for a tutored cellar tour and a decedent wine tasting experience with one of the pairings and platters on offer.

A glass of Vrede en Lust on board the Wine Tram

Vrede en Lust

The tasting room offers both personal and group explanations. The experience can be either a vertical tasting or accompanied with a food platter and lingered on the comfortable couches, overlooking their veranda and vines.

Lust Bistro & Bakery is a local favourite where the lunchtime chalkboard changes daily, depending on what’s in season and what the weather calls for.

Noble Hill

Visit the tasting room to sample estate wines in a relaxed setting and look into the working cellar for a glimpse of the winemaking process.

Cosecha, their Spanish restaurant, uses ingredients that are grown on the farm where possible. They serve both an a la carte menu and picnics on the lawn.

 

Babylonstoren

Known for their holistic eco-system, visitors are welcome to take their time and explore the one of a kind gardens. A European layout of pocket gardens, arranged in a grid of paths, unveiling outdoor design treasures and ideas.

Almost everything on the menu is sourced from within the farm.

The bakery is the casual eatery where you can just pop in and savour. The Greenhouse and Babel restaurants have formal, structured menus with different conceptual and approaches to cooking and serving. Pre-booking for both is a must.

Backsberg

The estate offers one of the most extensive wine ranges. You will come across the Family Reserved, the Black Label, a Premium Range that includes a special Late Harvest, Brandies, a Fortified range of Port-like wines and a kosher range.

The restaurant is a home style eatery serving fresh seasonal cooking and with the moderated weather through the year you will be most likely seated in the garden – the yard that any city resident dreams off.

 

 

 

 Glen Carlou

The elegant and unfussy food of the restaurant is paired with suitable wines but if you choose to stick to tasting only, don’t miss their award winning Chardonnays.

The architectural setting offers uninterrupted views over Paarl Valley and mountains.

 

At 4pm, head back to the Franschhoek Wine Tram station for your transfer back to Cape Town with City Sightseeing.

 

Book your ticket

Book online or at City Sightseeing ticket offices. The Franschhoek Wine Tram tour will depart from Cape Town every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with staggered departure times from 8.25am from select City Sightseeing bus stops in Camps Bay, Sea Point, Green Point and the city, as well as City Sightseeing tour offices at stop 1 (V&A Waterfront) and stop 5 (Long Street). Tickets are only valid for the stipulated day of booking.

Cost: R490 for adults (age 12 and up) and R250 for children aged 2 to 11.

Your ticket includes transport to and from Franschhoek, a Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket and a complimentary wine tasting on the tram (yes, some more wine). No alcohol will be served to persons younger than 18.

Excluded: lunch, extra wine tastings and/or drinks.

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