Hemel en Aarde Vallei
Hemel-en-Aarde is about twenty kilometers from Hermanus, the coastal town on the Walker Bay that is also known as the 'whale capital' of South Africa. The Atlantic Ocean not only ensures that the whales enjoy floating around here, it also provides an ideal climate for viticulture. It is warm, but it rarely exceeds thirty degrees during the growing season. This is due to the fresh sea breeze and the fact that the vineyards are generally a bit higher.
The grapes get the chance to ripen optimally, but retain their fresh acidity thanks to the cool nights. The soil also plays an important role in this. The vineyards have a clay-derived slate soil called Bokkeveld. It prevents water stress and makes the vines less vigorous, which in turn contributes to the slow ripening of the grapes (due to the slow release of groundwater).
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