GRANDE PROVENCE HERITAGE WINE ESTATE Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.grandeprovence.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Grande Provence was the final tram stop on our day out on the Red Line. The tram had taken us from the office in the middle of Franschhoek to Maison, Chamonix and Rickety Bridge. Grande Provence was an estate that I … Continue reading Where’s the Grande in Provence?
RICKETY BRIDGE Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.ricketybridgewinery.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Tasting at Rickety Bridge was a ‘no brainer’ for our trip on the Red Line of the Stellenbosch Wine Tram. We had already visited Maison and Chamonix but these had been by tram-bus. Now we had the chance of travelling on the tram itself … Continue reading Rickety Tram Passengers at Rickety Bridge
CHAMONIX WINE FARM Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.chamonix.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 4/5 Shinell, our Wine Tram host, had explained that many Franschhoek wine farms are named after the region in France from where the original Huguenots came. Whilst Chamonix is an area in the Alps to the North of Mont Blanc in France, I am … Continue reading Wine on the Slopes at Chamonix
MAISON WINE ESTATE Saturday 29 July 2017 http://www.maisonestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Maison was our first stop on the Red Line of the Franschhoek Wine Tram. The tram bus parked inside the plain entrance and so it was a short walk to the 1920s farmhouse, complete with classic front stoep and rusting tin roof. The … Continue reading House Wine from the Wine Tram
FRANSCHHOEK WINE WEEKEND Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July 2017 http://winetram.co.za/ http://www.centre-ville.co.za/ https://www.dutcheast.co.za/ http://tuktukbrew.com/ Experience: 5/5 We managed to leave Cape Town on time despite the burst water pipe in the bathroom. The mains stop cock closed, pipes drained and all mopped up; nothing was going to stop our weekend of wine fun in … Continue reading Tram-Way to Heaven in Franschhoek
ALLEE BLEUE WINE FARM 22 June 2017 https://www.alleebleue.co.za Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Allée Bleue was just a stones’ throw away from Solms-Delta and an obvious farm to visit for my last tasting of the day. It happened to be the day before the Boks played France in the final Test match of the Incoming Series. … Continue reading Allez les Boks – Pas les Bleues!
SOLMS-DELTA WINES 22 June 2017 http://www.solms-delta.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Solms-Delta was one of those wine farms whose name is familiar and I feel I ought to visit for tasting. The winery was conveniently located on the R45 South of Franschhoek, close to Allée Bleue where I also planned to explore, and so I decided to … Continue reading Slave to the Rhythm at Solms-Delta