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VIN DE MEMOIRE - ANGELA OF BENGAL


VIN DE MEMOIRE - ANGELA OF BENGAL

Written by Quinton

Each year we produce a limited release wine that celebrates the rich Boschendal heritage. Vin de Memoire wines are made in our farm cellars and are available for purchase exclusively on Boschendal and our Cellardoor.


The Vin de Memoire Chardonnay 2014 is made in memory of Angela of Bengal, a freed slave who became South Africa’s first woman winemaker. Angela, also known as Ansiela, was born in India. She was once a slave to Jan van Riebeeck, before she gained her freedom in 1666. In 1690, she was among the first settlers to be granted farms in the Drakenstein Valley. At the time of her death in 1720, Angela of Bengal was a very wealthy woman and an inventory of her assets included a collection of winemaking equipment.


This handcrafted wine is produced from grapes grown on the slopes of the Simonsberg, on land originally farmed by Angela and her family, and now a part of Boschendal. A full-bodied single-vineyard wine (from one of our favourite areas on the Boschendal farm), with typical aromas of macadamia nut and orange rind on the nose. A richly textured and creamy palate leads to ripe stone fruit on the aftertaste. Only available at Boschendal.

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Wine glasses on a rack

Explore The Boschendal Estate

The Farm

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

Eat & Drink

The Cape Dutch farms were historically renowned for their warm welcome and generous hospitality. What crowned this welcome was the Cape table, laden with wholesome dishes made from ingredients from the farm’s werf and fields.

Weddings & Functions

Boschendal provides an idyllic natural setting for large and small functions. The Boschendal Manor House, Rhone Homestead, The Olive Press, the Werf Restaurant and the beautiful gardens are available to host an array of celebrations or events in a relaxed and tranquil environment.