Make your way around Walker Bay
Take any one of five Glamtrails guided hikes around the Hemel en Aarde region famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir-producing farms such as Bouchard Finlayson, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Newton Johnson Family Vineyards, Creation Wines and Ataraxia. Press ahead at an unhurried pace with ample Instagram opportunities as Tim Lundy, accredited mountain guide, author, and co-founder of Glamtrails imparts fascinating tales about the area.
Crisp early mornings are particularly conducive to the unique peppery pear bouquet of protea fynbos on the nose. Inhale deeply as you survey spectacular surrounds, home to orange-breasted sunbirds, rock thrush, and Verreaux's eagles riding thermals above the heath-type vegetation punctuated with bright ericas.
Whether you choose a short stroll through vineyards or a four-hour uphill hike, food and wine pairings are a given. Enjoy a slow lunch at The Restaurant at Newton Johnson. Another fitting trail finale is a tasting at Bouchard Finlayson, the award-winning boutique winery set within 125-hectares of pristine indigenous flora with 22 hectares under vine. Cellar Master, Peter Finlayson pioneered South African Pinot and helped put the Walker Bay wine region on the map.