Boschendal Wine Estate, Franschhoek Winery

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal.

The Farm

Working with nature, producing real food and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal Wine Estate. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded in 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories. 

In 2013 Boschendal was acquired by new owners, led by Sam and Rob Lundie, with the intention of

rejuvenating this magnificent property. Over the past two years they have attracted a team of talented people who share their dream of making Boschendal into a top agricultural farm; a farm that produces sought after naturally produced food and great wines; and a farm where the natural environment thrives and local communities prosper.

Set in the Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines, the original farmstead complex is now a national monument with a rich and intriguing history of more than 300 years. Today, Boschendal is a Cape winelands icon and an acclaimed wine and food destination. Our vineyards and fruit trees have been joined by vegetable gardens and a growing herd of free range, 100% pasture fed Angus cattle reflecting our commitment to serving wholesome farm-to-table food.

Guest accommodation is also a recent addition to the farm with luxurious cottage accommodation ranging from the exclusive and historic Rhodes Cottage built by Sir Herbert Baker to the elegantly restored Werf Cottages.

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Cottage guests enjoy access to the entire farm where they can walk and cycle on trails through mountain fynbos, dine under the stars, have picnics and sundowners in exclusive areas, fly-fish in the dams and swim in pristine mountain water.

Our Wines

Given our exceptional winemaking heritage of almost 300 years, the Boschendal    cellar masters meticulously balance rustic tradition and modern innovation to produce classic, fruity wines while upholding the ecological integrity that has become    synonymous with our brand.

Each wine range, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz, is carefully crafted to deliver ultimate drinking pleasure, with dedicated red and white winemakers in      separate cellars for focused expertise. It is this attention to detail that makes us a leader in the production of Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines and beloved brand in over 50 countries.

The cornerstones of this philosophy are accomplished by our commitment:

  • To produce premium wines of unwavering exceptional quality
  • To have dedicated red and white winemakers in separate cellars for focused expertise
  • To place emphasis on intensity of flavour and mouth feel
  • To further our special focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz varietiesboschendal-our-wines
  • To be a leader in the production of Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines
  • To invest in oak from top coopers with judicious wood regimes for added intrigue but never            overpowering

Farm Accommodation

Guest accommodation is a recent addition to the farm with luxury accommodation options ranging from the historical Herbert Baker designed Rhodes Cottage to          beautifully restored farm labourer cottages. With emphasis on stylish simplicity the guest cottages are authentic, rural yet contemporary in character. 

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  With privileged access to the entire farm, guests staying in the cottages will be able to savour the best of farm living. Choose to join farm and history tours, explore the estate on foot following trails taking you through orchards and mountain fynbos, stopping off to pick pears, plums and citrus fruits depending on the season. There are mountain biking trails, walking trails, caves to explore, wine tasting and cellar tours, trout fishing and swimming in the dams – and plenty of opportunity to sit and read, relax and generally take in the goodness of life.

Dining options include eating at the Werf Restaurant, Farm Shop & Deli, Rhone Homestead or picnic area; having breakfast, lunch or dinner baskets brought to your cottage; or picking up some fresh farm produce at the deli and preparing it at the cottage.

All cottages have a full kitchen, or kitchenette in the smaller cottages, and are serviced daily.

Ideal for couples, families and groups of friends.

Eat & Drink

The Cape colony has its roots as a refreshment station; a welcoming stop for weary  travelers where food, wine and hospitality were never in short supply. Similarly, the Cape Dutch farms that fanned outwards from the harbour at Table Bay offered some of the finest hospitality in the land, and the ‘Cape table’ was always laden with fresh farm produce and delicious local cuisine.

On Boschendal today little has changed, with our restaurants offering an array of authentic culinary      experiences. First and foremost our focus is on provide flavourful and nourishing farm-to-table food;     celebrating the bountiful produce of Boschendal and the Franschhoek valley with menus that shift        imperceptibly with the seasons. Much of the fresh produce you’ll find on your plate is sustainable grown right here on Boschendal Farm, and where possible we source other ingredients from farms and small producers in the surrounding winelands.

In fact, across our restaurants we work hard to keep food miles to a minimum: three-quarters of the       ingredients on our daily restaurant menu are sourced within 30-kilometres of the farm.

With such a wonderful array of local produce on offer, it’s little surprise that our team of skilled chefs    under Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell conjure up a mouth-watering feast of dishes at restaurants across the estate.

The Werf Restaurant

Our flagship restaurant, under the knife of acclaimed chef Christiaan Campbell.

Situated in the beautifully revamped original cellar of the Manor House, the focus at The Werf Restaurant is on contemporary farm to table dining using the finest local, seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients. Expect fragrant fermented breads, slow-roasted ribs and brisket sourced from the herd of Angus cattle on Boschendal Farm, or house-smoked trout, pasture-reared poultry and accomplished desserts.

The Farmshop & Deli

What was once the original waenhuis, or wagon house, of Boschendal has been sensitively restored into our attractive Farmshop & Deli.

This family-friendly destination serves delicious breakfasts, lunch, and afternoon tea with tables both in the cosy restaurant and scattered out under the oak trees. The Farmshop & Deli also stocks a range of products including Boschendal’s own pasture-reared Angus Beef, Boschendal pasture raised eggs, just picked produce from our food garden, fresh farm bread, artisanal jams, home-made preserves and local olive oils.

Rhone Homestead Restaurant

Situated next door to the Cellar Door and Winery,img_7721 the Rhone Homestead is open for our Buffet lunches every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and during the week for group bookings of 20 and more.

All our dishes pay homage to our heritage as a traditional Boland farm with recipes passed down through generations of Boschendal cooks.

Lunch Cost

R295.00 per person excluding beverages

Children aged between 2 and 10 years R145

Picnics

Boschendal has long been famous for its generous picnic baskets enjoyed on the spacious estate lawns, and during the warm summer months the estate gardens provide the perfect setting for a picnic lunch in the shadow of the Simonsberg.

We have two picnic venues about 1km apart, namely Rhone Picnics and Werf Picnics.

Our classic Boschendal full service picnic has relocated to the Rhone lawns adjacent to the Rhone Homestead, Cellar Door and Winery. This area is the wine-making and wine-tasting hub of Boschendal. Rhone Picnic baskets can be enjoyed at carefully-laid out tables or on a picnic blanket under the shade.

Our Werf Picnics are a more casual affair under the trees on the Pavillion lawn. This area is adjacent to the main werf area and our farm-to-table food hub. We welcome our guests to bring their own blankets, chairs and tables and enjoy a leisurely afternoon under the trees with family and friends. Werf picnic baskets include simple, nutritious food being primarily made from our natural farm produce and wholesome items made on Boschendal.

Open all year except June, July and August.

Cost

Werf Picnics basket for two R360 excluding beverages.boschendal-picnic

Rhone Picnics basket for two R440 including 10% service charge but excluding beverages.

R85 for children’s picnic option

View this video from the Heritage Day Long Table Farm Festival 2016

Werf Wine Tasting Room

boschendal-croissant-pairingWhile the Cellar Door Wine Tasting Centre near the winery still caters for large groups and those looking for a more informative wine tasting experience, the new Wine Tasting Room in the historic werf offers wine tastings and sales as well as the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of Boschendal wines in a relaxed setting in the shade of historic oak trees.

SPECIAL: Enjoy two pairings including our Decedent Delight Chocolate Croissant with Brut NV and followed by our Pink Pomegranate Chocolate Croissant with Brut Rose NV. A match made in heaven!

Cellardoor

This is the oldest building on the estate located under the shade of one of the oldest oak trees on the Estate. Allow us introduce you to the pleasures of our exceptional wines as well as or secret stash of award winning limited releases with an informal sensory encounter. Our friendly hosts look forward to sharing their wealth of wine knowledge and stories of the people that shaped Boschendal as they guide you through a tasting.

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The Werf Restaurant: Lunch Wednesday to Sunday: 12h00 to 14hh30. Guests to be seated by 14h00 Dinner Thursday to Saturday: 18h00 to 21h00. Guests to be seated by 20h30 Reservations are essential. The Farmshop and Deli: Opening times: Monday - Wed 08h00 to 20h00. Thursday 08h00 to 17h00. Friday & Saturday 08h00 to 18h00 Sunday 08h00 to 20h00 Rhone Homestead Restaurant Lunch: Sunday 12h00 to 14h30. Guests to be seated by 13h30. Open for bookings of 20 guests or more. Werf Wine Tasting Room & Cellardoor Monday - Thursday 10h00 - 17h00 Friday - Sunday 10h00 - 18h00