Our traditional Wine Walks have started becoming celebrated special events, from annual reunions, family holiday times and most recently, birthday celebrations. In October of 2019 we had 4 special ladies celebrating their annual excursion, last year it was Carols turn to arrange the annual excursion. Carol contacted Gill from Overberg Wine Walks and everything fell into place, perfectly arranged and executed.
The trail is designed for those who enjoy walking at a leisurely pace in natural environments and are then rewarded with great food and wine experiences in unique settings. The Hemel & Aarde Valley lends itself to this magical experience. The “Heaven and Earth” valley offers an escape from city life norm, an opportunity to unwind amongst fynbos and vineyards. Think award-winning wine estates, colourful local characters, superb restaurants, country cottages and world class wine. The experience will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.
Luggage is transferred from one cottage to the next, enabling walkers to make the most of the walk while carrying only a light day pack. Accommodation in the valley is mostly 4 star guesthouses and farms, primarily geared for couples sharing rooms. There is some flexibility with queen beds and twin beds; we just need to know beforehand. We welcome groups from 2 to 12 people and tailor route lengths to suit fitness levels and interests, generally covering 10-12 km per day. Some people opt for 5-7km walks with more wine than walking. There are in excess of 15 vineyards in the valley.
We currently have 3 multi-day Overberg Wine Walk options available:
It was once said that “so high are the hills, which closely embrace the valley that they seem to touch the sky and you cannot see anything but Heaven and Earth”.
2 night OVERBERG WINE WALK
In October we hosted 4 ladies who chose the 2 night Overberg Wine Walk for their annual “Girls Weekend Away”. All four were keen animal and nature lovers who also knew their wine and how to enjoy life.
Soon after their arrival in the valley on Day 1 Friday afternoon, we showcased the breathtaking Walker Bay/ Hermanus scenery from the heights of Rotary Way Drive. The easy downhill stroll to Hamilton Russell Vineyards was lined with aromatic fynbos, then olive trees, horse paddocks and finally vineyards. The tasting by Chantel their home-grown tastemaster is professional and the wine sensational. This estate first put Hermanus on the world wine map by pioneering cool-climate pinot noir & chardonnay in the valley.
A sighting of Blue Cranes added interest to our walk to neighbouring Bouchard Finlayson Estate, the most awarded vineyard in the valley. Well known for their world class Pinot Noir, the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Blanc de Mer and Hannibal the red blend, are all exceptional.
That evening we enjoyed calamari and lamb chops while entertained by the resident peacock before chatting about the weekend activities.
On Day 2 Saturday morning we explored a route alongside the impressive Babylonstoren mountain range, ascending to the highest winery in the valley – Ataraxia. After sampling their stunning handcrafted wine, we descended through the vineyards into an olive farm, now walking alongside the Kleinrivier Mountainside. Beautiful, rugged limestone terrain led us to the tasting room and boutique restaurant of Spookfontein. We combined the tasting with lunch, prepared by culinary wizard Chef Charl. This popular restaurant provided the perfect environment to relax and survey the fynbos-clad mountains we had recently walked. (11 km)
Day3 Sunday called for champagne at the Framehouse of Bosman Hermanus. Wine tasting with epic views once again before strolling along a tree lined country road to Oldlands Stud Farm. No wine here but a beautiful walk through orchards and the vineyards of Sumaridge. The platters were sensational, thoroughly enjoyed with their excellent wine. The tasting room looks out over the De Bos Dam as well as the ocean and here we toasted the completion of the trail (7km)
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