A Visit to Sumaridge
This past weekend, my boyfriend (Sam) and I took my best friend and her SO to Hermanus. Sam has a house up there and I find it so exciting to show people around, especially if they haven’t spent much time in the area. I love putting together rough itineraries before any trip I go on – no matter how long or short – half the fun of going away is anticipation in the build up!
One thing (of many) that the region is known for is its magnificent wine! We booked out Saturday afternoon to explore the Hemel en Aarde Valley and spent a big chunk of this time at Sumaridge Wine Estate, located on the side of a hill with its large dam overlooking the valley. Here we had a winery tour, heard about the history of the estate and the initiatives it supports; and of course had a special tasting of their delicious boutique wines.
Here are some top things to know about Sumaridge and their wines:
- They make an award-winning Pinot Noir, which happens to be the most popular cultivar that comes from the cooler climate found in the Hemel en Aarde Valley
- They conduct very reasonably-priced wine tastings (3 tastings for R20, 6 tastings for R40) and also have a selection of platters on offer to enjoy with your wine
- It is possible to actually stay overnight as a group and book in to what they call The Lodge which offers a feast to the senses; think seclusion, jaccuzi, views of the valley, an executive chef, and Sumaridge wine aplenty. Enough said!
- Sumaridge hosts private and public events on their rolling lawns each year; popular events including a Jesse Clegg concert and an annual Carols by Candlelight.