If you think that the good wines of South Africa end at the Huguenot Tunnel, you would be forgiven. I would be kidding if I said otherwise; yet on a hot Wednesday afternoon, we crossed through the tunnel and found ourselves at Overhex Wines, in the town of Worcester.
Now, Overhex is not your typical 'wine estate'. They buy grapes in from all over the Western Cape and are home to 'Survivor Wines' and 'Balance Wines', to name just two. Since its launch more than 10 years ago, Overhex has become a major player among South Africa’s new-generation wine companies. Both brands offer wine lovers extremely easy drinking wine, from a fresh Sauvignon Blanc to a beautiful Pinotage. With prices ranging from R40 a bottle to a mere R140 a bottle, which are available at Checkers* and Makro*, you can enjoy these wines anytime.
*please note, these stores may not stock all the wines
Perhaps you are now wondering, why the two totally different names?
Well, the 'story' of Survivor Wines goes, "One fine day, as a truck laden with cattle rattled past our Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, one of the passengers decided The Cow Stops Here. She jumped. Not only did she survive, but she has thrived, and even produced several offspring. Because she embodies the free spirit of the Swartland, these wines pay tribute to our noble Nguni* cow, Survivor. Survivor's descendants have all gone looking for greener pastures, carrying their mother's adventurous spirit wherever they roam. Survivor Offspring salutes her feisty calves."
- Based on a charming anecdote to embody the place of origin: the famous Swartland
- Delightfully quirky
- Bold and vibrant
- Appealing to the free spirit
- Tribute to culture
- Evoking natural beauty
SURVIVOR PAY,OFF LINE
The Cow Stops Here
Balance Wines - "Yin and Yang…Up and down. This way and that. Life’s a juggle, and staying ahead means you have to balance a thousand things. Are your scales starting to tip? Balance is one of South Africa’s hip, hop and happening wines. Fresh as the rainbow nation, here’s a fun and fruity wine range to restore your happy equilibrium."
The Balance wine range was launched in 2004 with the aim to establish a lively, consumer-driven brand with a global appeal. Thanks to the international success of the Balance wines (previously Balance Classic), the range has since been extended to include two sub-ranges:
Balance Bubbly and Balance Winemaker’s Selection
- Balance is part of our everyday life: balance in life, finances, wine, physical and mental, etc
- Philosophical concept consumers can relate to with a funny twist.
- Stylish but fun label puts a smile on consumer’s face.
- No-frills chic product people can relate to.
“For Life’s lighter moments”
But, I know what every mother in thinking, "I've just driven all this way, with kids in the car. I'm in need of freedom...and my kids too." Well, Overhex Bistro has you covered. Open 7 days a week, the Bistro offers a limited menu on Mondays and Tuesday, and from Wednesday - Sundays, mouth-watering delights, hearty breakfasts, light lunches and unique wine and food pairing at the tasting venue.
If you are not quite ready to let the little ones out of your sight yet, (because the time in the car was not quite enough), the Bistro also offers a semi indoor / outdoor area for the under 3's to play and explore so mom can eat her lunch in peace.
And for the older kids, Wednesday - Sundays, not only is the jungle gym in play, but they also have a jumping castle so that there is almost the guarantee of no boredom.
So, no matter which direction you're coming from, or where you are headed, be sure to stop over at Overhex Wines. It could help you 'survive' the journey, and maybe even find your 'balance'.
Restaurant - yes
Contact: +27 23 347 5012
Wine - yes
- Tasting - yes
- Pairing - yes
- Wine Prices - The wines do vary in price
Fireplace - yes
Bistro Trading Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 9h30 – 15h30
Winery Trading Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8h00 – 17h00
Friday: 8h00 – 16h00
Saturday - Sunday: 9h00 – 16h00
Kid friendly - . yes
Parents friendly - yes
Play area - yes
Accessibility - Overhex Winery, R60 Road (Between Worcester and Robertson), Worcester, 6850
Accommodation - no
Spa - no
Picnics - no
Birthday Parties - yes
I was hosted by Overhex Winery however all opinions and views are my own