(6.7 km from the R320 turn off for a further 6.6km)
This is the second appellation encountered as you proceed northeast up the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley from Hermanus, and is the largest of the three Hemel-en-Aarde Area appellations. Ripening tends to occur later here than for the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation. It is the second closest Hemel-en-Aarde Area appellation to the sea.
The vineyards in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are planted on both the north facing slopes (on the southern side of the Onrust River) and the south facing slopes (on the northern side of the Onrust River). The soils change in this appellation away from Bokkeveld Shale-derived soils to intrusive granite pluton or coarse porphyritic granite. Recent observations showed considerable decomposed granite subsoil with all the fragmented quartz pebbles and orthoclase felspar typical of such decomposed granite.
As for all of the Hemel-en-Aarde Area appellations there are numerous different soil structural classifications within broad groupings of soil types.