The Wine Glass: A Wine Lover’s Dream

The Wine Glass: A Wine Lover’s Dream

Euripides famously said: “where there is no wine, there is no love”. And while philosophical quotes will always be up for discussion, I think we can all agree that the ancient dramatist was on to something.

South Africa is famed for many things; natural beauty, wildlife and, of course, wine. The Western Cape is particularly renowned for producing world-class wines, with the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Constantia regions regularly being hailed as some of the best wine producing regions in the world.

However, there is a new player on the block in terms of wine regions: the Walker Bay Wine district – and we’re oh-so excited about the potential of this
beautiful region.

Stretching from Botrivier in the Overberg region, through Hermanus, all the way to Cape Agulhas, the Walker Bay Wine district is home to some of the country’s finest wine estates, producing top class wines in jaw-droppingly beautiful settings.

While Hermanus may be more known for whales than wine, the gorgeous seaside town has become somewhat of a homebase for the Walker Bay wine district. That is why Hermanus’ latest addition to the wine tourism industry will, undoubtedly, be a hit.

Allow us to introduce to you The Wine Glass.

The Wine Glass is a newly opened wine bar and restaurant situated in the heart of the historic Old Harbour area of Hermanus.

The Wine Glass proudly showcases local wines that have been exclusively produced in the Walker Bay wine region.

We recently caught up with one of the founders behind The Wine Glass, Jacques Le Roux, to find out more about this stunning addition to Old Town Hermanus.

“The vine has to grow here and the wine has to be produced here” Jacques says about their so-called ‘criteria’ for the locally produced wines they have on offer at The Wine Glass.

They currently serve an astonishing 96 locally produced wines, as well as 12, locally-produced Méthode Cap Classique options.

Their wines and MCC is sourced form 28 local producers, located in several small towns and seaside villages along the Walker Bay wine district, including Hermanus, Stanford, Kleinrivier and the gorgeous Hemel-en-Aarde Valley just outside of Hermanus, amongst others.

What makes The Wine Glass so unique, is the fact that they serve all 96 wines and 12 MCC offerings by the glass. Naturally, there is also the option to purchase the wine by the bottle (which they sell at cellar door prices and ship worldwide!) but this way, customers can try a bit of everything and truly appreciate the
wonderful wines.

Of wine tastings, Jacques says that they adhere to the ‘formal’ method.

“[Our] wines are arranged in varietal tasting flights consisting of 6 glasses per flight. Flights are ordered according to price (value) bands, (for example The Wine Glass sells 18 Sauvignon Blanc wines from the region) and divided into 3 flights of 6 wines: Lifestyle Flight (entry-level pricing), Savouring Flight (medium, more serious wines) and Premium Flight (top-end wines). The client can decide which wines they would like to try [sic],” he says.

The wine tastings are set up properly and lead by the team of knowledgeable staff at The Wine Glass.

Jacques explains that there are several benefits to this method of ‘horisontal’ wine tasting. For instance, the customer has the opportunity to experiment within a price band to see which wines they like best.

Unlike visiting one particular wine farm, the customer has the opportunity for direct varietal comparison – instead of only comparing one wine estate’s varietals. It also gives them the opportunity to first taste wines from different estates, before deciding on visiting an estate.

In addition, many of the wines on offer at The Wine Glass – especially the more premium wines – are not available to taste at the wine estates themselves.

Also on the menu at The Wine Glass is four, locally produced craft beers which are available on tap or on a tasting paddle, as well as premium gins, Scotch whisky and brandy. They also have a barista on duty to make you a custom cuppa Joe with their house blend coffee, should you need a caffeine kick after the wine tasting.

As for the food, you can expect high quality, seasonal dishes, fresh seafood – including abalone! – as well as tasting plates that are ideal for sharing, cheese and charcuterie platters and fresh oysters.

Sundays in the summer months at The Wine Glass will be perfect for the proverbial ‘soft landings’ as you can expect live music and a bubbly and oyster celebration on their terrace. Their terrace, which is situated in a courtyard, is surrounded by various art galleries, making the experience that much more special.

Jacques and his two partners, Mark Kahts and Brennan Davis, are all Hermanus locals who decided to leave their corporate backgrounds in financial services behind – where they were all shareholders in the same company – and seek investment opportunities in their beautiful hometown.

After deciding to sell their interest in their company, they came to the conclusion that tourism is the most obvious growth and employment opportunity in
South Africa.

“We have the natural beauty on a platter, all we need to do is to unlock the destination by creating the infrastructure and then marketing the heck out of the destination. It really is a low barrier to entry industry (in all aspects including human resources) when compared to tech, industry or mining – where it is very difficult for SA to compete,” he says.

After much research, modelling (naturally drawing from their financial services backgrounds), Jacques and his partners came to the conclusion that Hermanus is the perfect place from which to base the Walker Bay wine district, and thus, The Wine Glass was born.

In addition to The Wine Glass, Jacques also runs Chill Guru – a bus sightseeing service that offers mini round-trips through Hermanus, from the Old Town harbour area where The Wine Glass is situated to the New Harbour.

Each busdriver is equipped with a mic, telling and sharing stories from the region as he drives through the beautiful town.
You can find out more about Chill Guru here.

So, without debating philosophy too much and before we start staring down the bottom of a wine glass, I think we can all agree with Euripides that wine is love – and that love and passion is clear at The Wine Glass.

Restaurants & Bars in Hermanus You Have To Check Out

Restaurants & Bars in Hermanus You Have To Check Out

Hermanus is, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the Western Cape. Famed for being a whale watching hotspot, many people aren’t aware of the bounty of amazing restaurants, tapas bars, and cocktail lounges in the area.

Proving that there is something for everyone, Hermanus has a deliciously diverse culinary map – allowing you to indulge in everything from Asian tapas to local, fresh seafood.

Here’s a look at some of the restaurants in the area that will definitely leave you feeling more than satisfied.

Lizette’s Kitchen

The stunning Asian-inspired restaurant is a hit with both locals and tourists. Famed for their stunning Asian-style tapas and quirky cocktails, Lizette’s is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch with a group of friends.

Make sure to try their divine sesame fish & chips and miso soup. Round that off with an Elderflower G&T or a glass of bubbles, and you’re good to go!

Burgundy Restaurant

Located in the heart of old town Hermanus, opposite the Harbour House Hotel, Burgundy’s is perhaps one of the most well-known restaurants in Hermanus.

The ideal breakfast spot, Burgundy Restaurant’s eggs benedict is definitely not one to miss. Enjoying a breakfast whilst overlooking the bay in front of you is surely an experience to treasure.

But besides breakfasts, Burgundy’s lunch and dinner menu is also superb. Try the indulgent lasagne or the mussels in white wine and garlic cream sauce. Your tastebuds will thank you!

Pear Tree

With a location right on the beachfront, Pear Tree is ideal for people wanting to take in the salty air with their lunch. Fresh seafood is once again the leader of the pack at this beautifully quaint spot. Beer battered hake and chips is a must-have for those craving seafood.

Their impressive starter menu is also perfect for sharing, should you want to share some tapas while overlooking the big blue in front of you.

Betty Blue Bistro

The cute name is not the only thing that makes this delightful bistro a must-see. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, giving a light and airy feel to the place. Their menu is also way more innovative than you would image.

Definitely try some of their innovative pancakes; sweet or savoury, there are stunning options to choose from!

Source Restaurant

Source, situated in the insanely beautiful Hemel-and-Aarde Valley just outside the town, is a feast for both eyes and bellies.

All the dishes are presented beautifully, and you will find anything your heart or palette desires – from light meals to hearty dishes like tomato risotto.

Their freshly baked breads are also to die for.

Fisherman’s Cottage

If you’re looking for a seafood platter big enough to feed a small army, then Fisherman’s Cottage is the place to head to.

As the name suggests, this restaurant focuses on everything fresh from the ocean. Think endless seafood options including a delicious seafood curry and prawns ‘a plenty.

Their dessert menu is also not one to scoff at, so we suggest you stay for a while!

If you’re looking for a nice, chill or trendy place to enjoy a sundowner or nightcap at, Hermanus offers some great bars.

Gecko Bar

Gecko Bar in the new Harbour has become a favourite for locals and tourists. With its stunning view over the harbour, the bar offers a relaxed atmosphere and an impressive cocktail menu.

Great for big groups, you’ll certainly be able to drink the day away at this spot – and if you’re lucky, you may even catch some lekker live music.


Loved by locals, Coco’s takes advantage of Hermanus’ seaside location with their island-inspired decor and delicious drinks.

Located in the heart of the town, this is the perfect place to have a cheeky midday cocktail or ice cold beer on a hot day. Stop here for a drink before you take on Hermanus bustling nightlife by storm.

Speaking of nightlife, Hermanus is surprisingly buzzing once the sun sets. One nightclub you can definitely get your ‘freak on’ and dance the night away is Mock Turtle in the heart of the Old Harbour.

Trading by day as a sports bar, once the moon makes its appearance you won’t find a hotter place to shake your booty at than Mock Turtle. Serving energising cocktails and shooters for the adventurous, you’ll hear the hottest tunes and cool lighting displays as you dance the night away.