10 April 2012 by Robyn Campbell

I’ll be trammed!

Sit back, relax and take in the Cape Winelands in a novel new away – aboard a fun, eco-friendly wine tram.

Image courtesy and copyright Franschhoek Wine Tram

Kudos to the Western Cape government and the Franschhoek Wine Valley for conceiving a fun, unusual and nostalgic way to visit the region’s vignerons: a wine tram. 

Wine tasting is 1 of the most enjoyable activities the Cape has to offer, but if you’re on a self-drive tour, the concern that you’ve sipped 1 wine too many is ever-present. Most people elect a DD (designated driver) who stays sober and plays taxi driver for the day, but which wine lover wants to draw that short straw?

Green outside and in, the wine-tasting tram runs on a low-emission bio-diesel propulsion system.

Locally designed and constructed, the 30-seater Franschhoek Wine Tram is the 1st of its kind in the world. Modelled on the Brill Trams circa 1890, the tram route will follow the Franschhoek branch line, opened in 1904, at a gentle 18km/h, thus helping to preserve the region’s railway heritage and create local jobs.

Image courtesy and copyright Franschhoek Wine Tram

Green outside and in, the wine-tasting tram runs on a low-emission bio-diesel propulsion system, which will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the tram service on the Franschhoek Valley.

Due to begin operating in September/October 2012, a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram will last approximately 2 to 3 hours and includes a narrated tour focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the Franschhoek Valley.

Full details – like trip time tables, ticket prices, and which wine estates you’ll visit en route – are still a bit sketchy, but I reckon even teetotallers will be keen, in the words of Judy Garland, to ‘lose a jolly hour on the trolley’.

For more information visit: Franschhoek Wine Tram www.winetram.co.za.

Category: Attractions, Food & Wine


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