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Our Winemaking Philosophy

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 varieties
  • 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

Understanding Wine

One of the many delights of wine is that one does not need to be a connoisseur to enjoy it.

Nevertheless, knowing a bit about the different grape varieties is sure to enhance every wine lover’s experience. The most common varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.


Chardonnay is a green grape variety which is used to produce white wine. The flavour of a Chardonnay wine is highly reliant on terroir, but is typically dry and fruity.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a green grape which produces a dry white wine that is invariably crisp and refreshing.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red skinned grape variety used to make acidic, tannin-rich and notably acidic red wines.


Merlot is a black grape which produces dark, acidic red wines with intense, fruity flavours.


Shiraz is a dark red skinned grape used to make rich red wines with strong, fruity flavours.

Explore The Boschendal Estate

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.

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.


Guest accommodation is a recent addition to the farm with luxury accommodation 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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