Walker Bay Wine Route

Walker Bay is a fashionable region to visit, particularly with the establishment of over a dozen wineries in and around Hermanus

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Walker Bay Wine Route

The Hemel-en-Aarde (heaven and earth) Valley, just behind Hermanus, has become part of a popular wine farm meander and is definitely worth a visit.

Where? Walker Bay Region, Western Cape

When? See individual wine estates for their opening times

Overnight? See Hermanus accommodation, in Western Cape

Walker Bay, a 45 minute drive from Cape Town, has become a fashionable region to visit, particularly with the establishment of over a dozen wineries in and around Hermanus, already popular for its whale spotting between June and November.

Grapes grown in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are influenced by the cold Atlantic Ocean and the temperate conditions and clayey soil produce wines similar to those of Northern France.

The valley, which stretches some 6km from Hermanus to Caledon, is surrounded and sheltered by mountains on all sides - Galpin Peak and the Glen Varloch range to the south and the Babylonstoring mountain range to the north - which trap cloud cover and retain moisture throughout the valley.

The Onrust River winds its way through the valley where one of the youngest but fastest growing wine routes in South Africa is already establishing a name with its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cultivars. The Bouchard Finlayson estate, Whalehaven Wines, Hamilton Russel Vineyards, Cape Bay and Sumaridge are open to the public for wine tastings.

For additional information about Hermanus, attractions, things to do and events and festivals see Hermanus Information & Attractions or, to view the individual wine estates of the Walker Bay Wine Route, see Walker Bay Wine Estates.

Other Popular Attractions in the Walker Bay Wine Route

Walker Bay Wine Estates


The Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley is one of the most productive regions in terms of the production of wines. It has the ideal climate, as the icy wind from the Atlantic Ocean cools it down. In addition, the mountains, which...

More info and contact details: Walker Bay Wine Estates

Hermanus Beaches


Being the whale watching capital of the Southern Hemisphere the seaside town of Hermanus in the Western Cape is undoubtedly most famous for its whales. There are, however, numerous other excellent reasons to visit this small...

More info and contact details: Hermanus Beaches

Walker Bay Whale Watching


Walker Bay heart of the whale coast. The waters between Hermanus and Pearly Beach attract hundreds of whales annually to the shallow waters of this coastline, also known as the whale coast. Daily sightings of these giant beasts of the sea...

More info and contact details: Walker Bay Whale Watching

Did you know?

Following the R320, the Hermanus Wine Route rambles through the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, a route of 15 different boutique and family-run wineries that produce a list of fine wines.

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