Herold Winery


Absent blogger.


The pic above goes some small way to explaining the absence of this coastal blogger. Nope, I’m not in need of an intervention, and my slack posting has no real excuse – it’s just the time of the year and being frantically busy selling silk lanterns and Buddhas. I’ll fill you in on the business side in a few days, until then, here’s a must do for anyone in the area – a visit to the Herold winery at the top of the Montague Pass.

Herold winery is a small, low-key wine farm high up in the Outeniqua mountain range, not a traditional grape growing area at all.

Thirty minutes drive from the Wilderness coastline, this boutique winery has a unique micro climate for growing grapes. The cooler coastal conditions mean both the Sauvignon Blanc and the Pinot Noir, with their slowly ripened fruit, produce fantastic wines.

The winery is small, and the infrastructure is quite basic and rustic, which makes it all quite special. The tasting takes place in a corrugated iron shed with a fireplace in the winter,  and in a stone-walled courtyard with benches and thick cushions in the summer.

The hostess was great, very knowledgable about the wines and generous with allowing us access to the ice-cold bottling room and showing us how the labels are applied with a hand-turned machine.

The wines are delicious, the scenery is superb, and the kids had a ball wandering around the farm. A great family outing, with alcohol buying involved, what more could parents with kids on long summer holidays need?

Herold Winery

Wine workers applying the labels with the hand-turned machine.

Bottling room - damp, cold, with wine-soaked stone floors.



5 Responses to “Herold Winery”

  1. 1 ian in hamburg December 17, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Nice to see you again and be reminded that it’s the fullness of summer on your half of the beach. It looks gorgeous! Maybe I should post a balcony photo for comparison’s sake – we got 10cm overnight.

    When we go back to South Africa – and we plan to one day – I hope they’re still giving tours.

    Don’t worry about not posting. I’ve not much lately either, but apologising for it is unnecessary. Have your readers paid for a subscription? 🙂

  2. 2 Jeannine December 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Your annual fee is due Ian, but I will give a tiny discount 😉
    I have been thinking of you and your family, seeing all the pics of the German freeze – no question that it’s going to be a white Christmas for you!

  3. 3 shoreacres December 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    “Frantically busy selling” has a nice ring to it! And what a wonderful diversion for a summer’s day – the winery is lovely.

    There are a couple of wineries here in Texas that have the same, microclimate advantage. Many people aren’t aware wine is grown here at all, but there are little pockets where terrific grapes are produced. It always amazes me how you can travel ten miles and be out of the productive area. Maize and soybeans aren’t quite so picky about their conditions!

    Ian’s absolutely right – no apologies ever necessary for not posting. But I must say – delightful to see you pop up, especially with such a cheerful post 😉

    (Did you mouse come along and bring his cheese to go with the wine?)

  4. 5 shoreacres December 23, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Every kid needs a toy for Christmas. I’ll bet you’d like the Bronte Sisters Power Dolls. It’s not too late to ask Santa, you know!

    Merry Christmas!

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