FRANSCHHOEK THROUGH PINK GLASSES

FRANSCHHOEK THROUGH PINK GLASSES

Those who have already been fortunate to spend a day hopping on and off the Franschhoek Wine Tram will be happy to know that new routes where recently introduced.

Spending a day on the double decker tram immediately translates to panoramic views of the Cape’s majestic winelands, a safe journey that allows to indulge by drinking superb wines and the experience is topped up by informative and friendly staff who happily shares stories and anecdotes about the wine estate ahead.

The recent addition to the routes available are the Pink and Grey routes which takes you to world renowned estates that produce award winning wines.

The fair includes the hop-on, hop-off experience. Wine tastings and all other expenses are charged separately by the different estate. Most of the estates also offer one or two dining options, casual or fine dining. These restaurants usually hold their own extraordinary reputation that draws travelers and regulars. It is strongly advised to book in advance if you wish to include a full lunch experience during your visit, specifically during high season.

If need be, the Franschhoek Wine Tram offers transfers from Cape Town and can tailor make curated wine experiences and group experiences.

Leopard’s Leap

This Family Vineyard has three special passions: food, conservation and literature. As a popular, family-orientated destination, Leopard’s Leap also boasts sociable tasting facilities, versatile food offerings in the form of rotisserie lunches, cooking demonstrations, food and wine pairings as well as the South African table lunches presented by Chef Pieter de Jager, sharing more about South Africa’s culinary culture.

The focus at Rotisserie is on relaxing, family-orientated enjoyment – uncomplicated and slanted towards fresh and seasonal food. Rotisserie-based lunches offering a variety of tender, juicy meats from a state-of-the-art Rotisol spit, complemented by a selection of side dishes from the Harvest Table – seasonal salads and roasted vegetables sourced from the biological vegetable and herb garden on the farm.

Môreson

A tranquil paradise located at the end of the aptly named Happy Valley Road. You will find that shortly after arriving you are standing a little taller, walking a little slower and smiling a lot more.

Their novel wine tasting options individually paired with Chef Neil Jewell’s mouth-wateringly yummy Charcuterie.

Chef Jewell runs the Bread & Wine restaurant. It is a character-filled, rustic restaurant that has won numerous accolades for its honest food. His passion lies in his homemade Charcuterie that he prepares with mountains of patience and bucket loads of love.

Eikehof

This fourth generation family owned boutique winery, set amongst towering oak trees from which it gets its name, has one of the oldest still producing vineyard blocks in South Africa – Semillon grapes planted in 1902. Eikehof benefits from a variety of soil types, ranging from rich alluvial soil on the banks of the Franschhoek River to sandy soil in the middle and Hutton on the slopes.

Paserene

 

From the onset, the idea was to create wines that reflect on the true integrity of the vines with minimal tactical fiddling. The grapes are chosen from carefully selected terroirs to produce site specific wines that is authentic to South Africa. All wines are on offer are for sale and tasting in the state of the art tasting room on the farm.

Le Lude

A boutique winery situated on the edge of Franschhoek Village specialising in bottle fermented sparkling wines – Methode Cap Classique.

The French elegance tasting room offers a few options of indulging canapes.

The Orangerie restaurant serves classical French cuisine, presented with a contemporary twist; the purist, disciplined approach of the European masters combined with a hint of individual, modern creativity where what is on the plate is presented looking as good as it tastes.

Franschhoek Cellar

The Franschhoek Cellar combines the charms of leisurely country life with the elegance of a world class venue. Enjoy wine tastings paired with Belgian chocolate or handmade cheese. Dine on alfresco style lunches in the fabulous garden, or sip on an artisanal beer in the bistro & beer garden. Expect artisanal food using home-grown ingredients and fresh produce from local markets and suppliers in the valley.

Maison

Home to beautiful wines, delicious food and great design.

The tastings are set in a modern, luxurious tasting room that reflects the living philosophy of the owners.

Chefs Warehouse at Maison is the fourth venture of Chef Liam Tomlin. Under the guidance of Tomlin, dynamic young chef David Schneider uses fresh ingredients, based on seasonal availability, to create a global tapas inspired menu that incorporates a world of different flavours in one, multi-course meal.

 

If you wish to make it an overnight stay, Le Lude estate on the pink and grey routes offers accommodation.

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