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Sumaridge Estate Wines

Sumaridge Estate Wines, owned by the Bellingham-Turner family, is a vineyard in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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Sumaridge Estate Wines

Sumaridge Estate Wines, owned by the Bellingham-Turner family, is a vineyard in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It abuts the picturesque seaside town of Hermanus — famed for possibly the best land-based whale watching in the world — about 80 miles southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape. 

Sumaridge values its estate status, something that’s granted to only a tiny percentage of wine producers in the world. In essence, to achieve estate status, it must be proven that all the grapes are grown on the estate, vinified, maturated, bottled and labelled before leaving the estate.  

Just as important to the Bellingham-Turner family is not only looking after their vines and grapes with a great deal of TLC, but also tending, and sustaining the land that’s not under vine. This supports a wide variety of indigenous fynbos and other flora and fauna, including several breeding pairs of the endangered blue crane, South Africa’s national bird.  The estate’s approach is to work in harmony with nature, and this also helps the vines to thrive and produce grapes, that leads Sumaridge to produce unique wines of exceptional quality.  The Sumaridge chardonnay and pinot noir are world renowned and served in many places across the globe including Beaune — the home of Burgundian wines. 

The idyllic location nestled between two imposing mountain ranges and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean lends itself to guests and visitors not only enjoying the wines, but also mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and trout fishing in the dam beside the cellar, or just ‘lingering longer’ to enjoy the tranquillity of the valley.

Most importantly, Sumaridge values its staff, as skilled and as painstaking in their pruning as their hand-picking… and, yes, they do play music in the vineyards. Their and their families’ welfare is as important to Holly and Simon Bellingham-Turner as that of their vines.  

The views from the cellar, in every direction, are breathtaking. It’s this unique marriage of location, climate and terroir that enables Sumaridge to produce world class cool climate wines that are earthly expressions portrayed to heavenly effect. 

DON'T MISS

Tasting world-class wines in the tasting room or in the gardens, with views sweeping down to the Atlantic Ocean

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES
• Disabled access
• Children’s outdoor play area
• Dogs welcome in the garden, but assistance dogs only in the tasting room

KEY ACTIVITIES
• Tastings (11am – 5pm) Monday to Sunday
• Platters (12pm – 3pm) Monday to Sunday
• Mountain biking
• Hiking
• Fishing (licence required)

GET IN TOUCH

sumaridge.co.za 
T: +27 28 312 1097
E: info@sumaridge.co.za


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