Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, Boschendal Wine Estate is a true South African gem. The 330-year-old estate is steeped in history and has been beautifully restored to offer visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. From award-winning wines to luxurious accommodations and an array of outdoor activities, the Boschendal Winery has something for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at what this iconic estate has to offer.
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History and Heritage
Boschendal Wine Estate has a rich history that dates back to 1685 when the land was first granted to a French Huguenot refugee, Jean le Long. The estate has changed hands several times over the years, but it has always remained a beacon of excellence in winemaking and farming.
Today, Boschendal Wine Estate is owned by a group of South African investors who have worked tirelessly to restore the estate to its former glory. The main homestead, Werf, has been meticulously restored to showcase its original Cape Dutch architecture and is now a national monument.
The Wines and Winemaking Process
Boschendal is renowned for its exceptional wines, which are produced using traditional winemaking methods. The estate has a diverse range of varietals, from classic Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons to lesser-known varietals such as Chenin Blanc and Pinotage.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the Boschendal Cellar, where they can learn about the estate’s winemaking process and sample some of the award-winning wines. Boschendal also offers a unique wine-tasting experience, where guests can sample a selection of wines in the estate’s beautiful gardens, surrounded by stunning mountain views.
The Accommodation Offered at Boschendal Wine Estate
Boschendal Winery offers a range of luxurious accommodation options, from elegant cottages to stylish farmhouses. Each accommodation option has been beautifully designed to offer guests the ultimate comfort and luxury.
One of the highlights of staying at Boschendal is the opportunity to explore the estate’s beautiful gardens and vineyards. Guests can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, enjoy a picnic among the vines, or take a guided tour of the estate.
Experiences at Boschendal Wine Estate
Boschendal Wine Estate offers visitors a wide range of experiences, from outdoor activities to farm tours and wine tastings. Here are some of the experiences you can enjoy during your visit to this iconic estate.
- Horse Riding – Boschendal offers horse riding experiences for both experienced and novice riders. The estate’s experienced guides will take you on a leisurely ride through the vineyards, forests, and orchards, providing a unique perspective of the estate’s natural beauty.
- Picnics – Boschendal offers a range of picnic options, from intimate baskets for two to larger baskets for groups. The estate’s picnics are designed to be enjoyed in the estate’s beautiful gardens, surrounded by stunning mountain views.
- Farm Tours – Boschendal’s farm tours offer visitors a unique insight into the estate’s farming practices. Visitors can learn about the estate’s organic vegetable gardens, free-range chicken and pig farming, and sustainable vineyard practices.
- Bike Rentals and Trails – Boschendal offers bike rentals, providing visitors with the opportunity to explore the estate’s trails at their leisure. The estate’s mountain bike trails offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests and are suitable for riders of all skill levels.
- Markets – Boschendal hosts a range of markets throughout the year, including a weekly farmers’ market, where visitors can purchase fresh produce, artisanal products, and homemade treats. The estate also hosts a monthly market, featuring local crafters and artists.
- Kids Play Area – Boschendal’s Tree House is a play area designed for children, featuring a range of activities. The Tree House is situated in the estate’s beautiful gardens, making it the perfect spot for kids to enjoy some outdoor fun.
- Wine Tasting – Boschendal’s wine tastings offer visitors the opportunity to sample a selection of the estate’s award-winning wines. Visitors can take a guided tour of the cellar, learning about the estate’s winemaking process, before enjoying a tasting in the estate’s beautiful gardens.
The Restaurants at Boschendal Wine Estate
Boschendal Wine Estate boasts several restaurants and dining options, each offering a unique culinary experience. Be sure to experience Boschendal Wine Estate to the full with these one-of-a-kind dining experiences.
- The Werf Restaurant – The Werf Restaurant is the estate’s flagship restaurant, featuring a menu that celebrates local and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by the estate’s farm-to-table philosophy, with many of the ingredients sourced from the estate’s organic gardens and farms. Be sure to try out their signature dishes such as the Black Angus beef, Forest Reared and Duroc pork. Please take note that for bookings of 5 or more guests, the restaurant requires an R150 per person deposit fee.
Wherf Lunch & Dinner Small Plates Menu: https://boschendal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/WerfSmallPlates_Menu-3-may.pdf
The Werf Bar Menu: https://boschendal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Werf_Bar-Menu_2022-1.pdf
Wine List: https://boschendal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Werf_Wine-List_Apr23.pdf
- The Deli Restaurant – The Deli Restaurant is a more casual dining option, offering light meals and snacks in a relaxed and welcoming setting. The Deli features an outdoor seating area, providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy their meals while taking in the stunning mountain views. Not to mention their all-day farm-style breakfasts and wood-fired pizzas which are a major highlight when visiting the Deli Restaurant. Please take note that for bookings of 10 or more guests, the restaurant requires an R150 per person deposit fee.
Deli Restaurant Menu: https://boschendal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Online_DeliMenu_11May.pdf
- Cellar Door Eats – Cellar Door Eats is a unique dining experience and is a new experience when visiting Boschendal Wine Estate. This restaurant offers the opportunity to soak up the sun and the views of the spectacular mountains all while enjoying scrumptious lunches. Be sure to try out the signature dishes such as the Angus Beef burgers, spicy chicken wings, hand-cut chips, and tacos. The Cellar Door Eats is located right next to the Cellar Door Wine Tasting area where you can indulge in mouth-watering platters and the best wine pairings.
Cellar Door Eats: https://boschendal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/CellarDoorMenuEats_A5Print.pdf
- The Farm Shop and Butchery – The Farm Shop and Butchery is a must-visit destination for foodies. The shop features a wide range of artisanal products, including homemade preserves, cured meats, and baked goods. The butchery offers a range of ethically sourced meats, including beef, lamb, and pork, all of which are raised on the estate. This all-you-can-see wonderland also holds items such as free-range farm eggs, fresh produce, ceramics, glassware and bath essentials.
Boschendal Wine Estate Online Shop: https://shop.boschendal.com/
- Werf Picnics – Werf Picnics are another dining option, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a picnic basket filled with locally sourced and seasonal produce. The estate’s picnics can be enjoyed in a variety of picturesque locations throughout the estate, making it the perfect option for a romantic outing or a family day out. Werf Picnic baskets include freshly baked bread, green salads, free-range, handmade cuts from the Boschendal Butchery, homemade preserves and desserts.
Pricing per basket:
R680 Basket for 2
R355 Basket for 1
R195 Kids basket (3 – 12 yrs)
Getting to Boschendal Wine Estate
Getting to Boschendal Wine Estate is easy, and visitors have several transportation options to choose from. The estate is located in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, approximately an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Visitors can choose to rent a car and drive themselves, or take advantage of one of the many shuttle services available in the area.
For those looking for a more unique experience, the estate also offers helicopter transfers, providing visitors with stunning aerial views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards. Once on the estate, visitors can easily navigate the property on foot, or take advantage of one of the many transportation options available, including bicycles and horse-drawn carriages.
Boschendal Wine Estate is a truly South African treasure, offering visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. From award-winning wines to luxurious accommodations and an array of outdoor activities, Boschendal has something for everyone. The estate’s rich history and commitment to sustainability make it a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the Franschhoek Valley.
Phone: 021 870 4200
- Q – Can I visit Boschendal Wine Estate along with my children?
A – Yes, Boschendal offers a variety of activities for children, including a dedicated play area and farm tours that are suitable for the whole family.
- Q – Can I bring my own food and drinks to Boschendal Wine Estate?
A – No, outside food and drinks are not allowed on the estate. However, visitors can choose from a variety of dining options, including restaurants, picnics, and the farm shop and deli.
- Q – Are reservations required for wine tastings and dining experiences at Boschendal Wine Estate?
A – It is highly recommended to make reservations for all dining experiences and wine tastings to avoid disappointment, especially during peak season.
- Q – Who owns Boschendal Wine Estate?
A – Sam and Rob Lundie have been the owners of Boschendal Wine Estate since 2013 and since then have rejuvenated the property.