Game Drives & Wine Tasting – New Elim Tours

Life is slow on the southern-most tip of Africa.  Here slow is relaxing with a hint of excitement.  The Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area (SMA) has added excitement with two new tours.  The SMA includes 25 landowners and covers more than 46,000 hectares of Overberg land bordering Bredasdorp, Agulhas, Elim and Gansbaai.  With the main aim… Read More Game Drives & Wine Tasting – New Elim Tours

Bold and Beautiful Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal

What a luxury to sip on older Hemel-en-Aarde vintages while the rain poured down.  It’s Tuesday, we’re sitting at Open Wine in Cape Town, and the drink is Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal.  Vintages ranged from 2011 down to 2002 and winemaker, Chris Albrecht, explained the Hannibal’s uniqueness.  Not a Bordeaux, neither a rhone.  Yet, since its… Read More Bold and Beautiful Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal

Bartho Eksteen Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Hermanus

Hermanus winemaker Bartho Eksteen is known for his love of Sauvignon Blanc, the sea, his close-knit family and for incorporating Afrikaans in his wine works. He is quirky and perhaps a little eccentric. He has travelled to New Zealand and France to appreciate white Bordeaux – Sauvignon Blanc – as best he could. The lessons learnt… Read More Bartho Eksteen Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Hermanus

Lunch at Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus

Newton Johnson remains a favourite stop on the Hemel-en-Aarde road just outside Hermanus.  Good news is that the restaurant is back in business.  A wine tasting here has once again the potential to progress to lunch.  Anton Verhoogt from the local Fisherman’s Cottage consulted Newton Johnson on the menu and you might still find this bright… Read More Lunch at Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus