Cape Town - Capetonians are no strangers to spontaneous whale spotting trips over Sir Lowry's Pass heading towards Hermanus and we are fast approaching whale watching peak season! As the winding Cape Winelands continues into whale country, why not add a few wine tasting stops to your whale watching weekend trip.
The Overberg region hosts some awesome adventures for thrill seekers such as hiking, surfing and cycling, but many also visit the area to wind down, hit the markets and indulge in some delicious wines.
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If you haven't explored the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon, this winter would be the perfect time to do so.. over a superb Pinot Noir or Chardonnay of course.
Hermanuspietersfontein will be your first stop and sits conveniently on the R43 and in the Hemel-en-Aarde village. A visit to the tasting room will soon introduce you to the cellar's familiar icon, the sheep. Herman Pieters taught the Overberg children in Dutch and received his payment in sheep. Hermanuspieterfontein therefore reckons that we know Hermanus today thanks to sheep.
The perfect time to visit Hermanuspietersfontein would be on a Saturday morning when they host their long standing market. Scrumptious breakfasts, fresh seafood, artisan food stalls and, of course, free wine tastings will give your day of wine tasting or whale watching the start it needs.
2. Sumaridge Estate Wines
My visit to Sumaridge had me immediately in awe of the beautiful architecture and serene surroundings. Inspired by the architecture in the French region of Côte de Beaune, Sumaridge will transport you to a charming European village hidden peacefully in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
Enjoy the mountain vineyard's reds and whites with lunch platters which can be enjoyed in the dining room from 12:00 - 14:00 from Tuesdays to Sundays. The tasting room is open daily from 10:00 - 15:00.
Extend your visit with a stay in the beautifully decorated lodge. The interior reminds that you are still in Africa, with original artworks, mostly by local artists, dotting the walls.
Spookfontein, so named because of the mythical ghost that resides in the stream, is a charming escape from the bustle of the city and the perfect destination for a lazy wine tasting break.
Covered in fynbos, vines and olive trees and overlooked by the Babilonstoring mountains, Spookfontein makes for a peaceful stop. The wines possess a unique character created due to rocky soils and the cool Walker Bay breeze.
A meal at Eat:Love:Live restaurant will top off your Spookfontein visit perfectly.
Extend your stay by exploring the fynbos covered surroundings on a leisurely hike or by mountain bike.
Creation pride themselves in wines with rare balance, elegance, distinction and finesse. Terroir and craftmanship are combined to create the range of award-winning wines you will get to taste at Creation.
What sets Creation's tasting room apart, is their unique range of wine tasting experiences. If you have a sweet tooth, indulge in a chocolate and wine pairing. Savoury more your thing? Indulge in the tapas pairing, secret wine & food pairing, 10:00 brunch pairing or the three-course pairing menu.
Even the kids are invited for a surprise pairing. Click here to find out more about Creation's unique pairing experiences.
5. Hamilton Russell Vineyards
The cool maritime Hemel-en-Aarde appellation and close proximity to the sea creates the unique terroir best suited for Hamilton Russell's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These varieties, produced on a small scale, are in high demand worldwide. How lucky are you to simply pop in and taste these remarkable wines! Visit the tasting room from Monday to Friday until 17:00 and Sundays until 13:00.
The Cape Mountain fynbos on the estate produce a beautiful dark honey and the estate also produces its very own Extra Virgin olive oil. Take some home as a reminder of the beautiful fynbos-rich Hamilton Russell.
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