Franschhoek Wine Tram Double Deck Trams

The Formal launch of the Franschhoek Wine Tram Double Deck Trams at Groot Drakenstein Station Franschhoek Wine Tram's new Double-De...

The Formal launch of the Franschhoek Wine Tram Double Deck Trams at Groot Drakenstein Station

Franschhoek Wine Tram's new Double-Decker Tram at Groot Drakenstein station. Picture: WineTourismZA
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.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony from left to right David Blyth (owner); JJ Mbayo (host), Minister Alan Winde, Debbie Blyth (owner), Brett Garner (GM). Picture: wine.co.za 
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 almost 5-metre tall tram at the the historic Groot Drakenstein Station. Picture WineTourismZA
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”.
Franschhoek Wine Tram General Manager, Brett Garner. Picture: WineTourismZA
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.
The Wine Tram dropping off passenger at Plaisir De Merle, one of the wine estates on the Purple Line. Picture: WineTourismZA
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 in the upcoming 2017/2018 tourist season.
The new double-decker trams can seat a maximum of 78 passengers. Picture: WineTourismZA
For more information about the Franschhoek Wine Tram, visit www.winetram.co.za or follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@WineTram).

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