From Arniston we took an inland route through more wheat fields before heading back to the coast at Hermanus. The Southern Right Whale winters here where females give birth and raise the young until they are ready to begin the trek back to Antarctica for the southern summer. Whale season is June to October but even outside of those months, it is a very attractive town and has developed a year-round tourist industry.
Leaving Hermanus, we began heading inland toward the major areas of wine production in South Africa. Several mountain passes took us through some great scenery and past several wineries before we reached the major wine region known worldwide as the Stellenbosch. We came over a mountain pass and suddenly the town of Franschoek appeared in the valley below. An absolutely gorgeous site. Along the way, we stopped at three wineries - Raka, Paul Cluver and Haute Cabriere. We stay in Franschoek for two nights. Tomorrow we spend the entire day touring wineries in the region. Heaven!
Today was mainly cloudy and a bit on the cool side (about 15 to 19C), but still comfortable with a jacket. A few drops of rain but nothing of any substance.