Walks & Wine in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley

Bouchard Finlayson boutique winery, located in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley outside Hermanus offers guests the opportunity to book Guided Nature Walks to experience the natural beauty of the estate and learn more about the rich Cape Floral Kingdom.

Bouchard Finlayson is a WWF Conservation Champion and in the interests of biodiversity, has only 25 hectares planted with vineyard, while 100 hectares remain as natural, protected fynbos that includes more than 330 plant species.

The Guided Walking Trails are available throughout the year, but are most popular during the Spring months when the wild flowers are in bloom after the winter rains. Guided by Frank Woodvine, Bouchard Finlayson’s resident amateur botanist, a choice of three different Waling Trails are offered, ranging from 45 minutes to two-and-a-half hours.

Guided walks are subjected to availability and require booking at least seven days in advance. The nature trails are also available to hikers to use (free of charge), after they have collected maps and signed indemnity forms at the cellar door.

Visitors to the estate qualify for a complimentary wine tasting of three wines when using the new WWF Champion Wine Farm Guide App that features Bouchard Finlayson alongside other environmental leaders in the wine industry. The app is aimed at wine lovers, locals and tourists who are encouraged to use the guide that recognises wineries for their commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems, and spearheading innovations in water, energy efficiency and climate adaptation.

Bouchard Finlayson’s business hours are Monday to Friday 09h00 – 17h00 and Saturdays from 10h00 – 13h00. The cost for Guided Walking Trails is R400 for up to six people and thereafter an additional R60pp for a maximum of 12 people in a group.