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When: Saturday 16 July 2016
Time: From 10h00
Venue: Boschendal
Status: Passed

In 1685, the revocation of the edict of Nantes prompted the flight of the French Huguenots from terror and persecution in their homeland to a safe haven in South Africa. In the same year Boschendal was granted to Jean le Long and our long association with French heritage began.

In 1789, while Parisians were storming the Bastille, at Boschendal we were laying the foundations of our gracious homestead, Rhone, completed in 1795 and home thereafter to generations of French Huguenots. 

This year during the Bastille Festival weekend, we honor our French connections and doff our berets to the many wonderful advantages that this association has brought us for 330 years.

The wonderful Methode Champenoise, developed in this country as Méthode Cap Classique is the exquisite process that adds bubbles and creamy mouthfeel to our delicate Chardonnay and Pinot noir in the Boschendal Brut. Join us on the day to enjoy our award-winning Méthode Cap Classique and some of our freshly baked patisserie.

The Wine Tasting Room, Farm Shop & Deli, The Werf Restaurant and Rhone Restaurant are open for delightful meals and wine, specially created for this important event in our history.

Please contact us at or +27 21 870-4206 to book. (Bookings cannot be made at the Farm Shop & Deli)

The Franschhoek Bastille Festival is a celebration of freedom and a great opportunity to enjoy the local food and wine that our valley is well known for. For more information on what else to do over the weekend please visit

Explore The Boschendal Estate

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.

Must Do's at Boschendal

Guests are invited to enjoy all this magnificent farm has to offer: an award winning wine and bio-friendly food experience; a rich heritage; a spectacular natural and soulful landscape; fun, informative and engaging activities whilst also taking the opportunity for some down time in tranquil surroundings.

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.