Boschendal has to be one of the most exciting destinations in the winelands. There is so much to do and great fun to be had. But of course, it is the people of Boschendal who make this experience.
The food and the wine are the major features, as is a viewing of the beautifully kept Manor House, dating back to 1812, built for Anna Susanna Louw by her husband Paul de Villiers. The initials you will find on the front gable of the house.
One of the first ports of call must be the Cellar Door on Rhone Farm, part of Boschendal. The winery is situated there and wine tastings and sales take place in the newly restored Taphuis, which is reputed to be the oldest building on the farm.
Well trained wine ambassadors out you through your paces, and don’t forget to ask for the Chocolate and MCC tasting – such fun with chocolates especially made to match the wines.
The Winemakers at Boschendal, Lizelle Gerber and Richard Duckitt are real pioneers. Boschendal wines, particularly the premium wines, are doing so well locally and overseas.
The old favourites Blanc de Noir, of which was the first producer in South Africa, the sublime MCCs continue to have a huge following.
After your tasting, your trip to Boschendal then becomes the responsibility of Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell. Christiaan is responsible for the cakes and bakes in the Deli, an ideal place to stop for a coffee. The Werf Restaurant perhaps more suitable for adults and in summer, the Werf Picnics where you can sit under the tall stately stone pines, enjoy good food and the great Boschendal Wines.
After lunch, a visit to Boschendal’s internationally acclaimed Rose Garden on the west side of the iconic Manor House, is a must. It was designed by Gwen Fagan in the 1970s and 80s and features many of the original roses cultivated in the Cape and East Indies. Jan Blok, Boschendal’s horticulturist, amongst his other agricultural duties, cares for this garden and will offer rose plants on sale.
Boschendal’s resident beef farmer and butcher Mark Muncer, shares his passion for natural, ethically raised meat which is on sale at The Werf Butchery at the southern side of The Werf. Here you can taste and buy wines too.
One of the other happy things which Jan Blok has on his list is the Werf Vegetable Garden which is curated by Megan McCarthy.
This most impressive 2.7 hectare organic garden in the Cape, will eventually supply 5 tons of produce a month of which two will be used on the estate itself. Vegetables, herbs and saladings are on sale at The Deli – and don’t forget to pick up a loaf of Christiaan’s seed loaf, I always buy one when I am there.
Not people, but Percherons also can make your Boschendal Day special. In this lovely old cart you can go for rides on the farm.
A visit to Boschendal will be a memorable one, just take a basket with you for all the goodies you will want to take home.
Hold on! You might want to overnight after all this exertion. Boschendal has a variety of beautifully restored cottages for spending the night. Be it a family affair, a romantic night away. The cottages are self catering, though a breakfast basket magically appears for breakfast filled with the farms produce. Click here to find out more about the accommodation.
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