Boschendal – it’s the people who make the experience

The Boschendal Manor House dwarfed by the Groot Drakenstein MountainThe Boschendal Manor House
dwarfed by the Groot Drakenstein Mountain

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.

Cellar Door 2The Rhone Manor House with the Taphuis on the left

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.

Boschendal - Grand Cuvee BrutBoschendal – Grand Cuvée Brut

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.

Lizelle Gerber medium formatLizelle Gerber, White Wine & MCC Maker at Boschendal

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.

_WAZ0529 copyRichard Duckitt, Boschendal’s Red Winemaker

Boschendal - Blanc de NoirBoschendal  – Blanc de Noir

The old favourites Blanc de Noir, of which was the first producer in South Africa, the sublime MCCs continue to have a huge following.

Christiaan Campbell busy making pastaChristiaan Campbell, Boschendal’s Executive Chef
making pasta by hand

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.

Jan Blok - Roses_1Jan Blok, Boschendal’s Horticulturist

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 Resident Butcher Mark MuncerBoschendal’s resident beef farmer & butcher Mark Muncer

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.

Megan McCarthy -4Megan McCarthy, doing what she loves best

One of the other happy things which Jan Blok has on his list is the Werf Vegetable Garden which is curated by Megan McCarthy.

The-Boschendal-Werf-Food-Garden-1024x547The Werf Garden at Boschendal

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.

Boschenal Bakery displayBoschendal Breads – the bike’s not going anywhere

Not people, but Percherons also can make your Boschendal Day special.  In this lovely old cart you can go for rides on the farm.

IMG_4833Mufasa, the Boschendal Percheron
with Hans & Sithembiso, his carers

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.

Orchard Cottages Urgent 003The Orchard Cottages

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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November 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |