A ten-day fusion of arts fest and winter school, brand-new Hermanus FynArts embraces all visual arts (painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, vintage films), books, concerts, soirées, illustrated talks, a full array of courses plus delectable food and award-winning wines.
Staged from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 June, the festival has an extensive wine and food programme including hop-on/off wine route bus tours, wine-and-food tasting experiences, personalised cellar tours and barrel tastings, wine blending events and a wine-themed photographic competition.
Hop-on/off bus tours
Hermanus Wine Route
Daily from 10:00-16:3 on 8 June to 16 June, let someone else do the driving while you explore the Hermanus Wine Route and enjoy free tastings, exhibitions and activities at nine wine farms, plus a stop at Wine Village. Busses halt at each wine farm every 30-45 minutes throughout the day, giving you time to taste wines, honey and olive oil; browse the exhibitions and books on display; lunch at La Vierge, Sumaridge, Newton Johnson or Creation; or simply relax and admire the panoramic views.
Virtual tour of South African wines
Wine Village (Hemel-en-Aarde Village)
Every hour on the hour (10:00-16:00), seven days a week, enjoy a virtual tour of South African wines at Wine Village in the company of owner Paul du Toit. Browse a display of 1,600 wines, representing 600 of South Africa's foremost wine producers, and learn about new wine varieties, styles and innovations. The cost of R30 per person includes a selection of eight premium South African wines on taste.
Introduction to Cape cuisine and adventurous South African wines
Wine Forum at Wine Village (Hemel-en-Aarde Village)
A three-course wine-and-food tasting with Paul du Toit, owner of Wine Village. This includes a light 3-course meal with a pairing of six carefully chosen wines. The cost of R80.00 per person includes a light 3-course meal with six wines.
Create your own blend
After a personalised cellar tour and barrel tasting, you are introduced to the art of wine blending with the emphasis on different styles such as a typical Bordeaux, Cape or Rhône blend. The experience culminates in the challenge of creating your own blend.
Canapé & wine pairing
Discover the subtleties of flavour and texture, and how the inherent qualities of food and wine can combine to create the ultimate taste sensation. An array of canapés is on offer, each prepared by Creation's chef to match a specific wine. While tasting the pairings, topics such as international food and wine trends are discussed.
Hermanus Wine Route Fynarts Trails
For an adventurous and fun experience, explore the Hermanus Wine Route on foot or mountain bike on one of two circular routes. Take your camera and enter the photographic competition "From Vine to Wine: A Photographic Journey".