Driving over the pass from Franschhoek is my first recommendation. It’s one of the great roads in South Africa and I would highly recommend soaking up the views on your drive, if you’re coming from that way.
Our first stop exploring Hemel-en-Aarde wineries was at Bosman Hermanus where we met Gerhard and Karen, who are fantastic hosts. A range of walks are available on their land amongst the natural vegetation. Hikers might be lucky enough to see baboons, ribbok, a duiker or even a porcupine. Caracals and even leopards (the smaller breed) have been captured on camera! Sustainability is at the heart of Bosman Hermanus. Great care has been taken to allow the natural flora and fauna to thrive. Once you’ve built up a thirst enjoying the trails you’ll find yourself in The Frame House. Built from recycled ‘alien’ trees this is the ideal place to relax with wine and different seasonal food boards crafted with fresh, local ingredients and incredible flatbreads!
A strict selection process in the vineyards and the cellar means that only the top percentage of the total harvest is used for production. Try their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir (varieties that thrive in this part of the country).
Behind the natural regeneration is ‘Uncle’ Frank Woodvine – a fitting name for Bosman Hermanus! Frank is a 90-year-old (he will outpace anyone on the walks!) lifelong conservationist and he has been instrumental in re-establishing nature, mapping the hiking trails and identifying and removing invasive alien vegetation on the land. Frank’s tireless work, devotion and knowledge of the fynbos is highly regarded in the area and he has worked with many estates, including Bouchard Finlayson.