Wine Tram – Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa

This weekend past, I went to the Western Cape, South Africa with some friends to visit the wine lands. I’ve popped into a couple of wine farms on a whirlwind visit after the Loerie Awards one year, 2010 I think it was, but have never actually spent any real time down there, enjoying it. So we went on Friday night and came back on Sunday night, which is by no means enough time but at least was more than a couple of hours.

On the Saturday we had tickets for the Purple Line of the Wine Tram which meant we got to visit a bunch of different wine farms that were on that line and do tastings and then get delivered back to town and none of us had to drive anywhere.

Farms on the purple line include:

Vrede en Lust 
Plaisir de Merle
Alée Bleue
Noble Hill 
Babylonstoren
Backsberg
Glen Carlou
Solms Delta

There are only 6 hours, with one hour per farm so you have to be relatively selective and you aren’t able to visit every farm on the line. Backsberg was closed that weekend which made that selection one less difficult. We were luck enough to have some seasoned veterans with us who helped with the other decisions based on past experience. In the end, we decided to skip Alée Bleue and Solms Delta, and we spent an extra hour at Noble Hill and booked a table for lunch so that we could make sure we lined our stomachs again.

There aren’t really words to express just how stunningly gorgeous that part of the world is so rather than ramble on about it, have a look at some of the pics I took.

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The view from our accommodation – Hannepoot Cottage
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The braai pit at the accommodation
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The Wine Tram
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Stop one
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Vrede en Lust
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Leaving Vrede En Lust
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A little panoramic looking out from the balcony at the tasting room on Vrede en Lust
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Plaisir de Merle
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Plaisie de Merle
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The ladies
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Add some bubbles
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To the veggie garden
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Noble Hill – veggie gard
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Crates of bottles
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Crates round the back
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Behind the Noble Hill restaurant, Cosecha
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They made the guacamole that we had for lunch, at the table. Perfect avos. So good.
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Noble Hill Tasting
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Down by the lake
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Babylonstoren
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Between the vines
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Babylonstoren Shiraz
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Babylonstoren
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Babylonstoren deliciousness
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Wine tram heading out
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Views from Glen Carlou

On Sunday we did a bunch more – next blog post!


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