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Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

With a history that dates back three centuries, this lovely estate is one of the Cape's major attractions. You can easily spend half a day here, and recent renovations have added polish to an already premier estate. Cradled between the Simonsberg and Groot Drakenstein Mountains at the base of Helshoogte Pass, the farm—formerly called Bossendaal—was originally granted to Jean le Long, one of the first French Huguenot settlers in the late 17th century. Boschendal runs one of the most pleasant wine tastings in the region: you can sit inside at the Taphuis, a Cape Dutch langhuis (longhouse), or outside at wrought-iron tables under a spreading oak. In 1981 Boschendal was the first to pioneer a Blanc de Noir, a pink wine made in a white-wine style from black grapes. The Boschendal Blanc de Noir remains one of the best-selling wines of this style. From the Taphuis it's a two-minute drive through vines and fruit trees to the main estate complex. The recently renovated Werf Restaurant serves excellent country-style cuisine, and picnic baskets are available from Werf and Rhone that can be enjoyed on the lawns; reservations are essential for both. Hour-long vineyard tours and cellar tours are available; be sure to book ahead.

Sight Information


R310 between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, Groot Drakenstein, Mpumalanga, 7690, South Africa


021-870–4200; 021-870–4211-winery; 021-870–4272-restaurants

Sight Details:

  • Tastings R35–R65

Published 05/20/2009


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