Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein) is a beautiful seaside town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous as a place from which to watch Southern Right whales, during the southern winter and spring. The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre from as early as June. They were once hunted locally, but are now protected. The Old Harbor Museum contains several exhibitions which explain the whaling history of Hermanus. There is also a Whale museum and whale watching services that will tell you more about the whales and area.
Other plus points of the town are the natural scenic beauty, the mild climate, the range of outdoor activities available, and the close proximity to Cape Town, Hermanus is only 140 km from the Cape Metrople. Hermanus has something for everyone. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve has over 40 km of walks, ranging from moderate to strenuous walks in the beautiful mountains which form an imposing backdrop to the town. The pristine stretches of beach offer solitude to the walker and boating activities abound in the Kleinriver Lagoon, renowned for its birdlife. Invigorating horse rides along the beach appeal to all ages. The Hermanus Golf Course is well known and curious baboons create a diversion as they silently observe the players.
Hermanus is now home to a new wine route that runs along the R320, with 15 wine producers on the 20km route. Visitors will be able to sample some of the country’s best Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs. There are also several restaurants, delis, farm stalls and guest houses along the route. Hermanus is firmly established on the Epicurean map with its myriad of restaurants, fine wine, fresh vegetables cheese and fish.
A special red blend created collaboratively by the winemakers was the force behind revisiting the logo and name of the wine route. The Hermanus Wine Route R320 charity wine is the product of a sponsorship by newly opened Curro Private School Hermanus and local Hermanus business, Agrimark.
The charity wine itself was provided by local producers along the R320 – Southern Right, Bouchard Finlayson, La Vierge, Newton Johnson, Sumaridge, Spookfontein, Ataraxia, Creation, Mount Babylon and Domaine des Dieux. Some 3 300 bottles of the blend have been created to assist in the social upliftment of the local community and a charity has been registered that will provide educational assistance to scholars in the area.
Carolyn Martin, Chairperson of the Wine Route said: “We hope to raise between R250 000 and R300 000 by the end of February 2012 and the public can help to achieve this objective by buying a bottle from their favorite restaurant or Hermanus wine outlet for R100 to pledge their contribution to the enhancement of local education.” Contact Road Travel Africa to find out more about this exciting new venture.