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JJust outside Hermanus, there is a valley with one road running through it; they call it Hemel-en-Aarde.
In a country full of impressive scenery ranging from forests to deserts, this slice of paradise is truly heaven. The road rises and falls and winds and undulates from Hermanus to Caledon, a scenic drive of 35km from one end to the other if you have the time. Along the route, you’ll find 15 wine establishments, including the very fine Wine Village where you can browse through a grand selection.
his wine paradise near the beautiful coastal town of Hermanus, just 90 minutes from Cape Town, produces (some might say) some of the best cool-climate wines in the world. The region is famous for its Pinot Noir, that finicky Goldilocks of wines (not too hot, not too cold, the climate has to be just right).
RRestaurants along the route include Temptation and the Champagne Verandah at La Vierge, and Heaven at Newton Johnson Wines. Tasting room brunch boards are available at Bouchard Finlayson, deli platters at Sumaridge Wine Estate, antipasti platters and a kiddies' menu at Creation. Other restaurants include Moggs Country Cookhouse and Eat, The Classroom, Feathers Bistro and B’s Steak House in the Wine Village complex in Hermanus.
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SStay for the weekend and book in at the elegant Sumaridge Guest Lodge amid the vineyards or spend the night at Spookfontein. The Hermanus Wine Route really offers a wide variety of attractive, well-appointed accommodation, many with views over the ocean. There are also a number of luxuriously appointed guesthouses in Hermanus and surrounds, as well as campsites and farm stays for those looking for something more off the beaten track.
Top Things To See And Do
- Wine tasting
- Wine and food pairing
- Scenic drives
- Adventure sports: surfing, kayaking, mountain biking
- Hiking in between fynbos and vineyards
- Cellar tours
- Wine-and-chocolate pairing
- Wine Hoppers safari-style tour from cellar to cellar
- Top golf courses in close proximity
- Vineyard tours
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