Franschhoek, Afrikaans name meaning French Corner, is a small town located 75km from Cape Town.
The city is known internationally for its vineyards and more particularly its Wine Tram, allowing you to move from estate to estate in order to taste all the delicacies that the region has to offer.
So it was with a fine team of 11 that we left Cape Town on Saturday morning.
After an hour’s drive we arrive there and take a seat in the tram to begin our journey. No time to waste, the first tasting begins in the tram with a little Chardonnay.
First stop in the great Provence. The setting is beautiful, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. We had pre-booked a picnic which ended up more like a banquet. Obviously, we accompanied this hearty meal with all kinds of sweet South African nectars.
Second stop: Rickety Bridge. The atmosphere here was a little more relaxed than at the previous domain. Games of pétanque and tastings put us a little behind our initial program.
We are therefore heading to our last stop: Pigcasso. Further out of the way, we arrive in a farmhouse-like area. We meet donkeys, cows and above all, pigs. The estate is famous for its local star Pigcasso, who is a painter pig painting with his snout.
After a last tasting, our dream-team began to feel the fatigue of this trying day and we therefore took the way back to Cape Town.
In conclusion, the Wine Tram in Franschhoek is definitely a must-see in Cape Town for epicureans eager for gustative pleasures!