(Private Tour) Best of Hemel-en-Aarde Cool Climate Wine Valley, South Africa

Tasting
Wine
Included
Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English
French
Spanish
Italian
Dutch
German
Afrikaans
Turkish
Theme
Private
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
135
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$
477
/ Person
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Activity Overview
Take in the view with a drive down the famous coastal Whale Route through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay and spend your day tasting exceptional wine from boutique vineyards of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Known for its award winning cool climate Pinot and Chardonnays, this region is a delight to true wine connoisseurs that want to discover the diverse appeal of South African wines.

Start the day with a beautiful drive along the picturesque Cape coastline, passing through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus. This famous drive is aptly named the “Whale Route” because it is known to have the best land-based whale watching in the world. The majestic Southern Right whale can be spotted year round but they are seen in abundance between June and November when they come to breed and calve.

Make your ascent into the adjacent Hemel-en-Aarde valley, with dramatic mountain landscapes and endless vineyard views. There’s no question why this valley appropriately named “Heaven on Earth” in Afrikaans. This region’s close proximity to the ocean makes it prime for cool climate wines, mainly of a French, German and Northern Italian descent. Wines like Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and even some great bubbles are all produced in this hidden gem of a region. All the wineries here are boutique and small production, but are growing rapidly in terms of a world-class recognition.

After stopping at two of the family owned wineries to taste, arrive at Creation Winery. Situated high up the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus, Creation’s vines climb the steep hills of Babylonstoren Mountain to a lofty altitude of 350 meters above sea level. Here they bask in generous sunlight, flourish in 450-million-year-old clay loam soils with decomposed Bokkeveld shale and dance in the cool breezes blowing in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. You’ll experience one of the most impressive food and wine pairings in South Africa. Known for their award winning Pinot noirs and Chardonnays, you can see how the perfectly prepared canapés can enhance the unique flavors of the wines.

Your last stop will be a visit to Domaine Des Dieux, the first and only MCC (sparkling wine) producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde. This small production premium wine estate boasts stunning views of the Valley as you sip on their range of award winning wines. And just when you thought life couldn’t get better, one of the tasting assistants will supply you with some bubbles to do your own sabrage! This experience is offered exclusively for Sideways guests and is really not to be missed.

After you’ve sipped and sabraged, your guide will bring you back to your accommodation in Cape Town or Hermanus. This region is one of our personal favorites and we cannot wait to share it with you.
 
Practical information
Pickup time 8am ~ 5pm drop-off
All tours are flexible and can be re-arranged to accommodate guests requirements depending on availability (e.g. restaurant bookings/special timings).
Language Guides Available: English, Afrikaans, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish
 
Included
  • Pickup and drop-off from your accommodation in and around Cape Town or Hermanus
  • Private driver / guide
  • Drive down Whale Route
  • 3 boutique wine tastings
  • 8 course tapas
  • Wine pairing
  • Sabrage
Not Included
  • Additional lunch beverages
  • Additional optional visits
Group-size:
1 - 10 ppl
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
477
Price for 1 person
Person
$
291
Price per person for group of 2
Person
$
222
Price per person for group of 3
Person
$
199
Price per person for group of 4
Person
$
176
Price per person for group of 5
Person
$
157
Price per person for group of 6
Person
$
154
Price per person for group of 7
Person
$
144
Price per person for group of 8
Person
$
142
Price per person for group of 9
Person
$
135
Price per person for group of 10
Timing
Dates
Start Time
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More information about the timing
Daily12:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
Duration
8 H
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Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
Duration:
9,5 H
Spot the majestic Southern Right whale on the Whale Route and taste world class wine in the renowned Hermanus region. Spend a memorable day driving along the picture-perfect coastal ... moreroute towards Hermanus, looking out for the majestic creatures of the deep, the Southern Right Whale, along the way, and taste wine from the highly acclaimed Hemel en Aarde region.

Start the day with a beautiful drive along the picturesque Cape coastline, passing through Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus. This famous drive is aptly named the “Whale Route” because it is known to have the best land-based whale watching in the world. The majestic Southern Right whale can be spotted year round but they are seen in abundance between June and November when they come to breed and calve. We can’t guarantee you’ll see a whale in the ocean but we can guarantee you’ll see one on the label at Southern Right boutique winery, where you’ll taste their well known Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc.

You’ll head into the historical town of Hermanus, which was once one of the most prominent whaling stations in South Africa. As one of the top destinations for whale-watching, Hermanus is perfectly positioned to offer the best viewing directly from the shore. You will be able to watch as these giants of the deep frolic in the waves, and launch out of the water to breach. It is here that you can enjoy lunch at your own discretion.

Once you’ve invested in some great food and coffee, it’s off to a wine tasting at Hamilton Russell in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The Estate specialises in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as some of the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World.

The next stop will be Southern Right, founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994. Southern Right’s aim is to produce a serious, age-worthy Pinotage, and with each bottle sold, they make a contribution to the conservation of these majestic mammals that are now on the endangered species list.

Your last stop will be to the Whalehaven boutique winery. Named after the protective bay that shelters breeding Southern Right whales in the cool Cape winter months, Whalehaven creates a delightful array of hand-crafted wines that tantalize the palate and has gained a strong reputation for its French-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Ahoy!