The Franschhoek Valley, located just over an hour from Cape Town, is a place of picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year French Huguenot history.
FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM
With just one day to experience Franschhoek, the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour (www.winetram.co.za) is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping off at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Each of the five routes offered will give you the opportunity to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, such as wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards. When you are ready for the next stop simply hop-on to continue the tour. With over twenty wine estates and sixteen restaurants on the service, you can spend the day exploring, wine tasting and dining to your heart’s content.
ADMIRE THE ART
Franschhoek is not just a celebration of wine and champagne, but it is also a haven of the arts, with world class galleries on offer. The galleries are all located in close proximity to one another, meaning that art lovers can take it all in while taking a gentle stroll through the quaint town centre. Once you have finished on the tram, make your way into town to explore the art scene. From fine art to contemporary sculpture and design, the town’s galleries showcase some of the best artists in South Africa, as well as local talents, with popular galleries including The Moor Gallery, JustRock Art Gallery, The Vineyard Gallery and Ebony Curated, just some that we recommend you stop in at while in town.
SINK YOUR TEETH INTO…
While Franschhoek is well known for its wine and art, it is also a foodie’s heaven with some of the best restaurants in the country to be found in the valley. In Franschhoek, you will be spoilt for choice and the hardest part will be settling on which world class establishment to visit. Franschhoek has not just one, but three, restaurants featured on Eat Out’s Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa for 2016, with The Tasting Room (4), The Kitchen at Maison (8), and Foliage (9) all cracking the nod for their exquisite fare. Be sure to end your evening at any one of these fabulous restaurants – just be sure to book, because a table can be hard to come by!