All images from That Little Shop.
Last weekend we joined a couple of friends on a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. It was the most beautiful autumn day, perfect to spend wondering around some vineyards and tasting some wine! The tour left from the center of Franschhoek, where we boarded a beautiful open bus that took us to the first few stops. The tour operates as a hop-on/hop-off system, and the bus/tram arrives every 40 minutes, so you have the freedom to spend a shorter or longer time at different vineyards, or to even skip a stop if you wish. Each ticket costs R150, which includes the transportation, as well as wine tasting at Dieu Donne and Rickety Bridge, and a glass of wine at Grande Provence.
Map credit: Franschhoek Wine Tram website.
I have to admit that I enjoyed the latter part of our tour the most, when we got to board the tram and visit Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence. I suggest that you allocate a whole day for the wine tram experience (we left at 11 and returned at 5:30), and take your time to enjoy the amazing views and delicious wine. Even if you’re not a huge wine fan, the tram is a fun and unique experience for the whole family. Kids will enjoy the rides, and there are plenty of places to run around and explore at each of the vineyards.
Visit the Wine Tram website for more info.
This past weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Babylonstoren for the first time. Babylonstoren is a vineyard, orchard, spa, hotel and restaurant all rolled into one, and is situated between Paarl and Franshoek. We really enjoyed wondering through the formal gardens (inspired by the Company Gardens of the Cape) and spotting all the different fruits and vegetables. We meandered through to the Greenhouse Restaurant for a delicious light lunch of sandwiches and homemade iced tea. All the meals are prepared beautifully using ingredients from the farm. You can also visit the farm stall to buy fresh bread and various other items. I can highly recommend Babylonstoren for a pleasant day out.
Wondering through the prickly pear maze.