Boschendal Vineyards

We believe that great wines begin in the vineyard. The meticulous care and attention lavished on each and every one of our vines bears testimony to our team's total commitment and dedication to our vineyards. We acknowledge that we are blessed with inherently outstanding conditions for grape growing and optimise this wealth of natural circumstances with the utmost respect to nature.

Viticulture
Our viticultural team, led by Spekkies van Breda, works hand-in-glove with our winemakers to select particular blocks to produce specific styles. "A key cog in this approach is our experimental programme, where we are constantly trying new innovations to improve on our quality. There is no tried and tested recipe which means we can never rest on our laurels," explains JC.

"Vineyard site identification and proper vineyad management is of prime importance when it comes to quality. We as winemakers respect that." - JC Bekker - Boschendal Cellarmaster

We believe that great wines begin in the vineyard. The meticulous care and attention lavished on each and every one of our vines bears testimony to our team's total commitment and dedication to our vineyards. We acknowledge that we are blessed with inherently outstanding conditions for grape growing and optimise this wealth of natural circumstances with the utmost respect to nature.

Aspect, Climate and Soils
Boschendal is superbly situated with a wide variety of terroir , from the valley floor to 350 metres above sea level, affording us the luxury of diverse expressions and styles. Our vineyards extend for 6 kilometres covering around 200 hectares, extending from the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains to the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain .

The temperate Mediterranean climate of the south Western Cape is ideal for grape growing, with plentiful rains in the winter and warm dry conditions in the summer months. The relatively cool growing conditions result in elegant, refined wines from grapes with moderate sugars, ripe fruit flavours and good acid balance.

Our replanting programme initiated in the 1990s, focused on matching varietals to specific terroir sites with particular emphasis on soil types. Loamy Oakleaf soil at 120 metres above sea level is best for Semillon, while our higher lying east facing slopes are suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Cultivars such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot thrive at 300 metres above sea level in the Tukulu, Pinedine and Bloemdal soils, where they also benefit from the cooler temperatures.

Grape Varieties
Our viticultural team, led by Spekkies van Breda, works hand-in-glove with our winemakers to select particular blocks to produce specific styles. "A key cog in this approach is our experimental programme, where we are constantly trying new innovations to improve on our quality. There is no tried and tested recipe which means we can never rest on our laurels," explains JC.

"Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc are set to become our focus varietals." - JC Bekker - Boschendal Cellarmaster

We believe that great wines begin in the vineyard. The meticulous care and attention lavished on each and every one of our vines bears testimony to our team's total commitment and dedication to our vineyards. We acknowledge that we are blessed with inherently outstanding conditions for grape growing and optimise this wealth of natural circumstances with the utmost respect to nature.

Boschendal Estate
+27.210013150