Since we will be driving in from Cape Town that morning, it may be that we will not be able to make the 10:15 tram first departure. We were planning to do the following route:
1115: Departure from Ticket office
1135: Rickety Bridge
1235: Departure from Rickety Bridge
1310: Arrive at Mont Rochelle for lunch
1510: Departure from Mont Rochelle.
I see that if we leave at 1510, we will probably have time to do 2 of the four remaining places – La Couronne, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne and La Bri. Any comments/suggestions on the schedule and which 2 of the 4 we should visit?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Thank you for your reply. You are more than welcome to book for the 11:15am and follow the itinerary as per your statement above.
You would still be able to visit 2 wineries should you hop back on the bus at 15:10. I would suggest visiting Holden Manz and La Bourgogne. You would not be able to get to La Bri as they close earlier, meaning if you were to stop there, you could only visit them after Mont Rochelle and then go back to the Ticket office after.
I hope this makes sense.
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La couronne is good if you like a little chocolate with your wine, I didn't visit Holden manz, or La Bourgogne, if you like wine, bistro, art gallery then Grande Provence
We did the other route since the vineyards there are more uphill and offer the better views over the valley. But Mont Rochelle is really nice. We liked Dieu Donné on the other tour most because it has the most spectacular view across the valley and the restaurant was superb. Sorry this does not help with the choice you brought Forward.
Hi, You really can't go wrong with any of them! My husband and I visited La Couronne, La Bourgogne, and La Bri and they were great. La Couronne does have a nice contemporary interior design and lovely grounds. Have fun!
Sounds good except you will have only time for one more stop after lunch. Book your tickets in advance though, so you can be sure of your place.
Just a thought, we had intended to do this route, but talking to a really knowledgable sommelier the night before, he said we picked the wrong route and the better vineyards were on the other route - hence our change - so just had to rebook ( no additional charge, just a change of time)
Unfortunately Chamonix is on the red line, so that would not work - we also enjoyed Chamonix on a previous trip. Lunch at Mont Rochelle sounds good - we had a picnic there and the food was lovely and the scenery beautiful! La Couronne wasn't on my top suggestions list, although they do have some good red wines there. When we went to Holden Manz, their venue was closed for the day for a function, so we had the tasting in the cellar - not too sure what their normal tasting venue look like, but the staff that did our tasting was very friendly, and we enjoyed the wines there. I have heard of some bad service at La Bri - but this was mostly from Groupon customers. Enjoy your trip!
Your proposed itinerary looks ok to me re timing, though I haven't been to all of the wineries you mention. We enjoyed Rickety Bridge but didn't go to Mont Rochelle. La Bri wasn't open when we went though I believe it is very good. One of the others we really enjoyed which was on the tram tour was Chamonix - they had fantastic wines and we really enjoyed the cheese plate there, also the staff were gorgeous (especially Denise). Holden Manz didn't really ring our bell....to be honest though I don't think you can go far wrong with any of the wineries in Franschoek, they are all pretty fab. The pinotage is excellent and we can't get it in Australia. If you haven't booked accommodation yet try the Last Word, it was excellent. Conrad, the manager is very knowledgeable about wineries in the region. It will only take you about an hour or so to get from Capetown to Franschoek, the drive is easy. Enjoy your trip!
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