Walker Bay Wine Tasting Tours
As you wind your way around the Clarence Drive Mountain Drive, you will descend upon the area known as the Hemel en Aarde Valley (or Heaven and Earth Valley). Walker Bay lies adjacent to this with the famous whale-viewing town of Hermanus on its shores. This area produces many wines that are similar to those found in Northern France with the most popular one being the Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) collection honoring the founder of the area. Hermanus Pieters came to this country in 1815 as a school teacher. He discovered a spring that was eventually named after him and a village soon developed here in 1855. Years later the Postmaster had the name of the town changed to Hermanus make his job easier.
The cold Atlantic Ocean provides the cooling aspect for the vineyards here and the clay soil offers some good nutrients. This area which stretches for 6 km to Caledon is completely surrounded by mountain ranges. The northern range traps in the moisture and cover, while the temperature climate produces various award winning white wines.
The Best Wines
Most of the wines receiving praise in the Walker Bay area along the Onrust River are the white varietals of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The region also produces a nice Pinot Noir. The dry, fruit flavors are delicately balanced and are rated as some of the top wines in the country offering long finishes.