The Wine farms near Hermanus, a quaint seaside town on the Cape’s southern coast, are located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, making a Hermanus wine tasting a cinch.
Hermanus Wine Farms
Most Hermanus wine farms are located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, forming the Hermanus Wine Route and offering an array of wine tasting experiences to suit your taste, pocket and schedule. There are several wine farm restaurants to choose from as well.
Bosman Family Vineyards stands out from the rest for its quiet peaceful space, uncluttered views and child-friendly venue. It is the ideal place to relax and unwind with friends and family. Seating is limited (so booking is essential) to ensure a tranquil, intimate atmosphere.
Only cool climate grape varietals are grown at Bosman Hermanus due to its location close to the sea, yet high above sea level, making it ideal for varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Less than a third of the farm is under vineyard, the rest being reserved for conserving the indigenous fynbos plant kingdom, earning its Conservation Champion status by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Hermanus Wine tasting is offered at Frame House, a modern structure designed to make a minimal impact on the pristine landscape, and homegrown bunches of fynbos are on sale as well.
Food And Wine Pairing Hermanus
Food and wine pairing is an intriguing experience here, with a selection of tapas-style dishes from which to choose. Our wine tasting venue is also a child-friendly space where little ones can roam freely outdoors, play on the jungle gym and wander through the maze.
A wine tasting experience at Bosman Hermanus is a highlight: Taste award-winning wines while gazing at spectacular views and breathing in the “champagne air” for which Hermanus is famous. There is an array of Bosman Wines to sample and an array of dishes with which to pair them.
Like many wine farms in the area, our staff are often asked a few questions by local and international guests. Some of these questions we found to be interesting, especially when guests discover us through a simple “wineries near me” Google search. We thought we would answer a few of them below:
What does Hemel-en-Aarde mean?
The name, which literally means heaven and earth, is particularly apt for this remote mountain idyll where one seems suspended beneath a canopy of endless sky and cradled in unending valleys and craggy mountains.
Where is the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley?
Just before reaching Hermanus, turn left and head up into the mountains, and a beautiful scene will unfold: wide open skies illuminate a pristine valley of rolling vineyards and craggy mountains with beautiful homesteads dotted about. It is definitely that sweet spot between heaven and earth, hence its name Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (the Afrikaans for ‘heaven and earth’).
How to taste wine?
Hermanus wine tasting can be a snobby affair, but it does not have to be. Tasting wine amongst the vineyards where it originated allows one to meld with nature and experience the place in all its dimensions with heightened senses.
The ‘terroir’ which refers to the slope, aspect, microclimate and soils of the vineyard where the grapes were grown, impart a particular flavour and complexity to the wine, the winemaker’s challenge being to create a wine that reflects that ‘terroir’ and also the typical characteristics of the varietal.
What to wear wine tasting?
Comfort is the first consideration when dressing for a wine tasting. To truly enjoy a day on the Hermanus wine tasting route, wear light, unfussy, breathable clothing, comfortable shoes and a hat in case you get to tramp through a vineyard and something warm in case you visit a chilly cellar.
Join us for wine tasting in Hermanus and enjoy a selection of 5 wines that form part of the Bosman Family Vineyards range. This is a great experience to understand the different vineyard sites while enjoying the beautiful views of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Contact us today or book online for more information on our wine tasting experience.