Hanlie Allan, a UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art graphic design graduate, succumbed to the lure of the countryside, moved to Stanford in 1999 and now resides in Hermanus.
She established her reputation in graphic design in the corporate world and ran her design studio in Cape Town for 22 years. She also lectured in History of Graphic Design and Typography.
A fine graphic designer, Hanlie now uses her profession to express her love of the country lifestyle - good food, excellent wine and genuine rural hospitality.
In 2001 she established Country Maps, a tourist guide company for food and wine lovers and soon the guides expanded to the Overberg, West Coast and Route 62.
The Overberg Wine Guide was created when she realized there was a huge demand for tourists to know more about wine in the Overberg area.
The first compact guide was published in 2007 and inserted into the Woolworths Taste magazine. The guide now celebrates its 10th edition and is widely distributed in the Western Cape as well as through the Taste magazine every December.
Hanlie is now a French swallow as she owns a home in the Minervois in France, a wine growing area famous for beautiful Viognier, Chardonnay, Grenache and her favorite daily tipple Rosé.