Franschhoek Wine Tram

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 – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history.

Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely introduction to the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them 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 they are ready they simply hop on to continue the tour.

The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.

Franschhoek Wine Tram currently offers four Franschhoek Village-based combination tram and tram-bus tours: Blue Line, Red Line, Yellow Line and Green Line. Each visits eight wine estates and showcases a different part of the Franschhoek Valley. A tram-bus only hop-on hop-off tour, Purple Line, visits seven wine estates in the greater Franschhoek Valley, about half-an-hour outside the village.

Route Highlights

BLUE LINE

The Blue Line starts with a number of tram-bus stops and concludes with two tram stops. It showcases Franschhoek’s breath-taking mountain views while stopping at the following wine estates: Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

GREEN LINE

The Green Line starts with a two tram stops and concludes with a number of tram-bus stops. It showcases Franschhoek’s breath-taking mountain views while stopping at the following wine estates: Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz and La Couronne.

RED LINE

The Red Line starts with a number of tram-bus stops and concludes with two tram stops. It showcases Franschhoek’s picturesque rolling vineyards while stopping at the following wine estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Franschhoek Cellar, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

YELLOW LINE

The Yellow Line starts with a two tram stops and concludes with a number of tram-bus stops. It showcases Franschhoek’s picturesque rolling vineyards while stopping at the following wine estates: Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, Maison, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, Chamonix, Dieu Donne and Franschhoek Cellar.

PURPLE LINE

The Purple Line tour starts on a double-decker railway tram and ends with a tram-bus. The tour showcases the picturesque western region of the Franschhoek Valley with stops at: Vrede en Lust, Plaisir de Merle, Allée Bleue, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou and Solms Delta.

The Purple Line departs at:

09:40 am (Max: 6 Stops)

10:40 am (Max: 5 Stops)

11:40 am (Max: 4 Stops)

ORANGE LINE

The Orange Line tour starts on a tram-bus and ends with a double-decker railway tram. The tour showcases the picturesque western region of the Franschhoek Valley with stops at Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou, Solms Delta, Vrede en Lust, Plaisir de Merle and Allée Bleue.

The Orange Line departs at:

09:40 am (Max: 6 Stops)

10:40 am (Max: 5 Stops)

11:40 am (Max: 4 Stops)