The launch of the Franschhoek Wine Tram was quite an experience…..
Minister Alan Winde, the Minister of Economic Opportunities, oversaw the cutting of the ribbon to mark the official launch of the recently introduced Franschhoek Wine Tram Double Deck railway trams, on 7 December 2017.
Standing in front of the imposing almost 5-metre tall tram at the the historic Groot Drakenstein Station, Minister Winde was joined by his Deputy Director General, Rashid Toefy; Solly Fourie, the Head of Department of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism; the owners of the Franschhoek Wine Tram, David and Debbie Blyth; media, invited guests and local and international wine tourists.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram General Manager, Brett Garner, acknowledged the “vision and inspiration of the owners of the business, the Blyth family, whose relentless pursuit of the exceptional has inextricably linked the Wine Tram and Franschhoek brands”.
In his address, Minister Winde highlighted that fact that the Franschhoek Wine Tram is repeatedly referenced in the context of local and provincial tourism because of its unprecedented success and the overwhelmingly positive direct and indirect economic impact it has had on the region.
He went on to point out that tourism in the region is growing at 27%, year-on-year, and acknowledged the contribution and value of the Franschhoek Wine Tram in adding to this figure.
Over the past five years the Franschhoek Wine Tram has grown its offering from a short rail journey in a 32-seater open-sided tram visiting just 2 wine estates in the Franschhoek Village, to a service that today spans the entire Franschhoek Wine Route, visiting 22 wine estates, with the opportunity to spend between half an hour to an hour on the 80-seater double deck railway trams as part of a full-day R220 wine tour.
The introduction of the double deck railway trams will allow the Franschhoek Wine Tram to host in excess of 120 000 guests during the tourist season.
Here is three things you will love about the Franschhoek Wine Tram Double Deck Tram experience:
- It’s a short trip, however, the views of Franschhoek are spectacular!
- The customer service is exceptional.
- You don’t have to worry about missing the tram, infact, you’ll get used to the sound of the horn.
Somethings you have to experience them yourself because no amount of words how spectacular they are.
Featured image credit: William Baldie