Where heaven meets earth.
Where body and spirit meet.
A place of connection and re-connection.
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is a special place, known not only for its vineyards. It is also known for its unspoilt landscape: the muted colours of the indigenous fynbos, the odd ambling porcupine, the hawk wheeling overhead in the wide blue sky. And far off the sea, the mountains and then more sea.
So it is not surprising that in 2001 Jannie Bosman (Snr) came searching for the perfect place to plant Pinot Noir. As a nurseryman, he was also on the lookout for land that was isolated from other vineyards so that he could propagate vines without the threat of pests or disease. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley was just the place and provided the cool climate terroir that this Wellington farmer was looking for.
It is not only the perfect place for vines to grow, it is also the perfect place to find peace, to ponder and discover the wonders of nature and the world we live in, and reconnect to ancient paths.
The Bosmans wanted to share this special place on a more personal level. This December they launched a new tasting and picnic service on their farm in the Upper-Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
To fully appreciate this simple wilderness, every effort was made to make minimal impact on the landscape. So no brick and mortar structures, no excavations, no interference in the natural rhythm of the place. Just a simple wood and canvas structure, aptly named Frame House, perches lightly in a field of fynbos and serves as a refreshment station. It is designed to be un-designed. The architectural structure is styled with a collection of light and aesthetic furniture pieces allowing the magnificent view to fill the room and dictate the pace and atmosphere.
The picnic baskets contain the essential elements for the perfect picnic: bespoke, hand-made crockery, fine glassware and wicker baskets filled with locally sourced, artisanal delicacies.
A selection Bosman Family Vineyards Wines are available to taste, including those grown on the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde farm, and there is a special picnic hamper for children to tuck into.
For the more adventurous, there is a short hiking trail to the ‘koppie’ behind Frame House. Tread lightly through the fynbos and imbibe the stillness, broken only by bees buzzing around their hives, crickets chirping in the undergrowth or perhaps your own heartbeat. At the top, a welcoming bench invites you to rest a while, soak up the awe-inspiring vistas and quietly establish a rapport with what has been there all along, both in the natural around you, and within yourself.
Bosman Hermanus invites you to come home to the world we never stopped belonging to.
In keeping with their desire to conserve the environment, bookings have been limited to 40 per day, and a nominal fee is required to enjoy the hour-long, self-guide hike. Mountain-bikers, or day trippers are welcome to enjoy a cup of barista-made coffee or to taste the full range of Bosman Family Vineyard wines at the Frame House.
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