Let’s go Tourism Month! On 3 September I took the road to neighbouring Stanford. Only a short drive from Hermanus on a country road snug between fynbos-clad mountains and the Kleine River lagoon. With the aim of exploring the tourism treasures on my doorstep Stanford was the perfect destination. It also ticked another box as September is Heritage Month in addition to Tourism Month and Stanford is certainly big on heritage.
There is lots to see while walking down the main artery of the village, Queen Victoria Street. Stanford Tourism is on this street right in the centre of town. Here an updated list of local events is kept on a pinboard. A heritage walk leads from the tourism bureau and takes tourists to the historical buildings. Just follow tiles marked HW displayed on the buildings. We headed to the interior shops that mark this road and popped in at Graze Slow Food Cafe for a seasonal menu that always offers mouthwatering lunch options. Don Gelato is a mandatory stop for some creamy Italian goodness to enable further explorations along the Kleine River Walk Way. We were just to late for the Saturday Market on the Stanford Hotel‘s verandah where local restauranteer Brydon of Havercroft’s sells heavenly fudge.
An interesting fact is that in the 1880s Hendrik Taljaard grew grapes in an area stretching from Queen Victoria Street to the Kleine River. With the help of local children he used the grapes to produce wine and witblits. Very appropriate then that the Stanford Wine Route developed and was launched last year – 135 years after Hendrik produced Wine Of Origin Stanford. Naturally my last stop was a winery. Sir Robert Stanford Wines is named for the British Army Captian who bought the Kleine River Valley Farm in 1838 and then later alledgedly paid £50 to have the developing village named after him. At the winery a small sip of chenin blanc and a taste of pinot noir was shared with owner Jan Malan before hitting the road back to Hermanus. I had to bank on a sample of Elsa-Marie’s cooking at this winery and promised to be back for her tempura waterblommetjie starter. Savouring something for tomorrow. There is (hopefully) always tomorrow.