Many wine lovers get their first taste of the regions wines at the Wine Village, conveniently situated at the gateway to both Hermanus and the picturesque Hemel en Aarde Valley. Representing 600 producers of fine South African wine, with more than 1,600 labels of quality wine, the Wine Village offers something for everyone, from the discerning wine collector who wants to explore investment options, to the every day wine lover looking for value for money. The Wine Village offers an extensive selection of wines in a relaxed atmosphere and patrons are encouraged to browse at their leisure. Owners Paul and Cathy du Toit have designed their shop as a wine library with easy to find cultivar and blend categories. We are committed to quality service and products and will assist you in selecting the perfect wine, whether for your own enjoyment or as the perfect gift.

Open 7 days a week, the Wine Village is managed by a dedicated team of wine enthusiasts. On average six wines are available for free tasting daily. Group tastings for 15 – 80 people can be arranged in the Conference Center tasting room at a nominal cost.

Monday to Friday from 09h00 – 18h00 Saturdays 09h00 – 17h00, Sundays 10h00 – 15h00 Open public holidays.

  — Voted one of the Best Wine Shops in South Africa —

The Southernmost wineries on the continent with the accompanying cool sea breezes are found from Elgin to L’Agulhas, an area that has not only pioneered many strides in the wine industry of South Africa but also produces some of the best wines in the country.

Research by industry pioneers indicated that this cool area would produce the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines. Passionate winemakers and viticulturists pursued the opportunity the cooler sea breezes provided in this ‘southernmost region’, and found the key to quality with astounding successes from Elgin to L’Agulhas.

The highest rated (John Platter 2007) Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Mourvedre, Pinotage, Riesling, Shiraz, Red Bland, White wooded blend and Sauvignon Blanc based blend are ALL found in the district. It is a treasure trove of outstanding, top quality, delicious wines!

But is the entire experience of a visit to this spectacularly scenic and hospitable area that makes it a must. Being a little “off the beaten track” of the usual wine routes inevitably makes the welcome much warmer and sincere.

Every cellar door has its own, authentic and original character and every wine reflects a distinctive terroir. The magnificent natural beauty of the Overberg and the environmental diversities of each area provide the setting for a journey into wine and food that should be taken slowly and savoured.

From an open air picnic, a vineyard walk and birdspotting alongside a dam to sociable Saturday morning markets, the options are endless and require a little planning to maximize your visit.

The Elgin, Botriver, Hermanus and Stanford is an hour to an hour and a half from Cape Town, it is possible to visit a cellar or two in a day, but we recommend a minimum of two or three days particularly for a visit to Elim cellars and the southernmost tip of Africa.

Plan on staying overnight when visiting the Overberg – “ there is just too much to enjoy to cram it into one day, and besides, food and wine should be savoured at a leisurely pace, so plan on staying even longer! Many of the estates have tourist accommodation.

When time is short, visit the Wine Village. One of the country’s best wine shops is the first and last stop on the route up the Hemel en Aarde Valley, giving the wine lovers a one-stop indulgence in wine browsing and tasting in an atmosphere of serene bliss. The largest collection of South African wines under one roof are elegantly displayed in neat inviting rows, grouped according to cultivars, styles, innovations and bargains “ a wine library ready to be lovingly browsed and selected.

The wines of the Overberg are showcased at the Hermanus Wine & Food Fair Elgin to Elim annually in August with tastings from the region throughout the year.

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