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EXPLORING THE HELDERBERG WINE ROUTE

I was lucky enough to be invited on a wine tasting tour of some of the Helderberg Wine Route farms last week.  These farms are situated close to Sir Lowry's Village just a short drive away from the guesthouse.  At a maximum, I would say the distance is about 10km.

Before I go any fu...

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I was lucky enough to be invited on a wine tasting tour of some of the Helderberg Wine Route farms last week.  These farms are situated close to Sir Lowry's Village just a short drive away from the guesthouse.  At a maximum, I would say the distance is about 10km.

Before I go any further, I must say that the view from these farms is absolutely magnificent as they are all located on mountain slopes facing towards Gordon's Bay.  They are worth a visit for the view alone.

The first farm visited was Journey's End.  This farm produces large quantities of wine for the export market and, if you are overseas, you may have heard of their Kumala range.  Situated on slopes of the Schapenberg, Journeys End has many interesting programmes relating to biodiversity and upliftment of the local community.  You can also enjoy a horseback ride on the farm and take full advantage of this spectacular setting.

After this we were off to Onderkloof.  Again the farm is situated on the slopes of Schapenberg, facing south with stunning views of False Bay as far as Cape Point.  The tasting room has a very welcoming and atmospheric feel to it and we were entertained by winemaker, Danie Truter.  His wines are all produced in limited quantities and, although I'm not really an expert, I enjoyed every single one and you can almost taste the care and attention put into Danie's craft.  He also owns the most magnificent male Ridgeback you'll ever see and, being a dog lover, this was an added bonus for me!

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The day was rounded off with a visit to the architecturally astounding farm of Waterkloof.  The restaurant and tasting area are breathtaking and the views from every aspect are not to be missed.  Again this estate sticks firmly to biodynamic faming principles in order to reduce the impact on the environment.  

If you're feeling energetic you can take a hiking trail through all these three estates (with tastings).  The trail is called Walks for Wine and all proceeds for the walks go towards biodiversity conservation, the eradication of invasive alien vegetation and the preservation of highly endangered fynbos.

Author: Jackie
Date: 22 Aug 2011
Tags : Gordon's Bay accommodation, Gordons Bay accommodation, Gordon's Bay guest houses, Helderberg wine farms, Cape Town accom



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