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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.

 


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