It goes without say that no visit to Franschhoek would be complete without a wine farm pilgrimage or two – after all, the valley is home to no fewer than 50 world-class wineries, all of which come complete with decidedly above-average vistas.
Of course the one downside of wine tasting, particularly for more enthusiastic participants, is getting from Point A to Point B, something that can prove fairly treacherous a few stops into the journey.
Luckily, there are plenty of unique ways to explore Franschhoek’s wine routes without ever having to tackle the open road. Here are a few of our favourite ways to wander the winelands:
Saddle up and sip
Add a unique twist to your wine tasting tour by taking a scenic trot through the Franschhoek vineyards, stopping along the way for the occasional sip and swill. Not only does this equestrian take on wine tasting afford you a unique perspective on the valley’s terroir, but it also takes in two of the town’s most acclaimed estates; Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle.
Paradise Stables: +27 (0)21 876 2160
Franschhoek Wine Tram
Perhaps Franschhoek’s most iconic form of transport, the ever-popular wine tram takes in the vast majority of the town’s estates, with numerous routes meaning you can pick and choose your favourites. During your journey, you’ll travel both by road and railway, taking in incredible views and being treated to unique stories, expert insights and of course, plentiful wine tastings.
Wine Tram: + 27 (0)21 300 0338
Cycle and sip
If you’re looking to add a bit of adventure to your wine-tasting experience, Bike & Saddle have got you covered. Enjoy a luxury mountain bike tour through the winelands, taking in the length and breadth of the valley and stopping in at 5 estates along the way.
Bike & Saddle: +27 (0)76 540 4249
Step and sip
If you’re looking for a way to get acquainted with Franschhoek’s wine AND offset those pesky calories, give La Motte’s grand hiking trail a go. This guided walk through one of the town’s oldest estates offers you the chance to learn more about the Cape’s unique flora and fauna, but be warned: it’s no walk in the park. If you’re up for the challenge though, this 2-3 hour hike is a must-do, and your reward for completion is a chance to sip and savour the estate’s award-winning organic wines.
La Motte: +27 (0)21 876 8000