Hemel en Aarde Valley
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus is the gateway to a circular route through the imposing Overberg Mountains. With a name meaning ‘heaven and earth’, the valley inspires lofty sentiments with its stunning scenery. Located at the lower reaches of the Onrus River, the valley is blessed with bounteous vineyards, heavy fruit orchards, velvety fynbos hillsides and imposing krantzes. A great destination for wine-lovers, Hemel-en-Aarde produces some of South Africa’s award-winning wines – boasting wine estates on the Hermanus Wine Route such as Bouchard Finlayson, Hamilton Russell, Sumaridge and Newton Johnson to name a few. The Hemel-en-Aarde area, on the fringe of Hermanus, unites three wine wards with a reputation for exceptional quality, small production and cool-climate wines. The three wards: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge are well known for their Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. Innovative blends and mineral Sauvignon Blancs complement the range and leave no palate unsatisfied. Views and culinary experiences accompany celebrated wines and makes for unforgettable memories and guaranteed repeat visits. The Hemel-and-Aarde valley near Hermanus offers an unforgettable wine experience in the Overberg. The wines produced in this region are unique to South Africa and similar to ones from Northern France, due to a cool sea breeze and clay soil. Two of the most popular wines are a chardonnay and an exceptional pinot noir.
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