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Hermanus break i - Sumaridge Wine Estate

Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 1 June 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Firstly I would like to thank all of you who took the trouble to wish us well for our short break last week - it was really nice of you all, and much appreciated by both Jacqui and myself.
We were away just for two nights, and spent the time in and around a small town called Hermanus. It's situated on our south-east coast and is approximately a two-hour drive from Cape Town. We left home early on the Wednesday, which was an absolutely fabulous day, and then had rain and clouds for the Thursday, and again on the Friday morning before we left. I have a variety of shots, but will keep the series fairly short so as not to bore you.
We went for a short drive along one of the exit roads out of Hermanus on the Thursday afternoon, and came across a number of wine estates along the way. This one, however, was by far the most attractive looking from the road. The beautiful building you see is the estate's cellar, surrounded by the most magnificent scenery.
The sparse colourful leaves on the foreground trees show we are just about at the end of autumn, with winter just around the corner.

Canon EOS 40D 1/4 second F/8.0 ISO 100 85 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

Claudia from Illinois, United States

OH wow! This is stunning. Love the vibrant, rich colors in the foreground and how they slowly blend into the muted colors in the background. This is just gorgeous. Glad you had a good trip!

1 Jun 2009 5:05am

@Claudia: Thanks Claudia - much appreciated - your comments and good wishes!

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Oh this looks beautiful!!! It sounds like a wonderful trip!!! How was the wine??

1 Jun 2009 6:39am

Mandy Provan from Johannesburg, South Africa

what a warm welcoming place Rob - I have to make a concerted effort to get down to your side of the country....I think I might just be tempted to stay............

1 Jun 2009 7:31am

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Beautiful place, and yes, I also want to know how was the wine?

1 Jun 2009 7:41am

@ManuelaR: Sorry, but we didn't have time to taste :-( *sob*

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

What a beautiful place :)

1 Jun 2009 8:17am

zOOm from Paris, France

Must be great to have a walk among wineyards... South African wines are very appreicated here in France. And myself as well. Above all the Chardonnay wines.... ;-)

1 Jun 2009 10:43am

@zOOm: Thanks a real compliment coming from your country :) Thank you! Personally, I'm not a Chardonnay fan, prefer Sauvignon Blanc, but everyone has their favourites and that's what keeps the industry ticking over.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

'The hills are alive...with the sound of music' Wow Rob, it's so beautiful...I've missed visiting you, how could I not? lol

1 Jun 2009 10:45am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely muted colours Rob

1 Jun 2009 11:25am

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Wow! it does look a beautiful place and what a wonderful building in which to store wine.
Glad you enjoyed your break :)

1 Jun 2009 11:42am

@MaryB: Thanks MaryB - much appreciated.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a beautiful spot. I really like the geometric designs in the distant fields.

1 Jun 2009 4:07pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Wonderful shot, the fields in the background are superb. Winter is coming? I think after this past weekend winter is here in all her glory.

1 Jun 2009 7:21pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

what a beautiful place I love the checker board paddocks in the background

1 Jun 2009 8:59pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

wonderfully crisp!! the visual textures in the background are faaabulous!! an excellent shot!

2 Jun 2009 12:42am

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

How lovely scenery. I love it. This is great shot.

2 Jun 2009 6:31am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Really wonderful composition!

2 Jun 2009 12:10pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Stunning! Beautiful terrain. Nice colours and framing.

6 Jun 2009 8:07am

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

This is just a gorgeous shot. Love the tones, textures and layering effect. Looks like a wonderful place.

15 Jun 2009 12:37am

Canon EOS 40D
1/4 second
ISO 100
85 mm