A day at Boschendal Wine Estate

In the heart of the Franschhoek wine lands lies one of South Africa’s oldest farms, Boschendal Wine Estate. Nestled in the Drakenstein Valley with striking mountain views, the farmstead celebrates over 300 years of French heritage.

The culture and history is echoed through the wines and buildings – even the cobblestones have a story to tell. Get ready to immerse yourself in the yesteryears of beautiful Boschendal Wine Estate, here’s a typical day at the esteemed icon.

Walk through Boschendal Gardens and the Manor House

Boschendal Wine Estate

Take your time walking through the award winning gardens exuding serenity and beauty. The farm is in the Cape Floral Kingdom so feast your eyes on the rich biodiversity from king proteas to fynbos to ancient yellowwood trees.

After enjoying the outside ambiance, make your way into Boschendal Manor House for a tour through the farmhouse – one of the few still furnished as it was all those years back.

Le Pique Nique lunch on the lawn

Boschendal Le Pique Nique lunch

After bathing in the historical legacy of the Manor House, enjoy the warm African sun outside for le pique nique (picnic) under the trees organized by the staff. This is a legendary must-do that sets Boschendal Wine Estate apart from others.

A Boschendal Wine Cellar tour

Boschendal Wine Cellar tour

In the afternoon, a cellar trip awaits with an expert sommelier who will take you through the process from grape to bottle. Sense the difference between the young vintages to the older wooded varietals and find a blend that sits well on your palate.

Wine tasting in the Cellar Door Wine Tasting Centre

Boschendal Wine Tasting

After building up a thirst and feeling more knowledgeable than before, retire to the picturesque Cellar Door Wine Tasting Centre. The friendly hosts will tell you the stories of the different wines from the Cap Classique to the Reserve Collection as you sit back and watch the sun sink in the cape sky.

Final purchases at the farm stall and deli

Boschendal Wine Tasting

The farm shop and deli is the last chance to pick up some farm-grown produce or a coffee. After a fulfilling day in Boschendal Wine Estate, you can either head back to Cape Town  or stay for the weekend.

Would like to include a trip to Boschendal on your next African journey or stay in one of their Orchard cottages? Consider this South African holiday package.


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