Boschendal Wine Estate
The Manor House
Today, visitors to the manor house enter through the gable doors to view the various authentically period rooms. The master bedroom features a hand crafted four poster bed from the early 1800s with original lace hanging. The kitchen floor is made from cow dung to keep it cool and the kitchen wall are brown to maintain the appearance of cleanliness. A Dutch long-case clock from 1748 not only keeps time, but shows the day of the week, the month, current zodiac sign and moon phase. The sitting room displays a variety of oak and walnut furniture and Chinese Ming Dynasty porcelain.
Part of the Boschendal cellar was originally part of the Le Rhone Manor house, however, Boschendal is aware of the need to keep up to date with cutting edge viticulture technology, and has thus invested in state-of-the-art equipment which allows it to handle its grapes in the best way possible. This includes unique suspended fermentation tanks, which leave room for an uncluttered working space in the cellar.
The Vineyeards and Wine
The Boschendal vineyards cover a total 250 hectares and extend for six kilometres along the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountain. This particular position allows for a number of grape varieties to be grown, however, the majority of the vineyards are made up of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes – Boschendal’s speciality cultivar. Recently, however, Boschendal has began plantings of red varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz.
The Boschendal Restaurant, which is located in the original cellar of the Boschendal Manor House, offers a varied Cape-French styled menu and buffet in a relaxed, harmonious environment. Open every day of the week, the restaurant’s excellent food is well complemented by the estate’s wine selection.
The restaurant is available for functions, and bookings are essential.
Found in the original slave quarters of the Boschendal Manor House, Le Café serves brunches, light lunches and country-style teas (including the popular scones and home-made lemonade) outside, underneath the shade of the old oak trees in summer, or indoors, next to the warm log fire in winter.
Le Pique Nique
Boschendal’s pre-packed French-style picnic baskets are filled with a collection of pâtés, cold meats, salads, cheese and biscuits. Paired with a full range wines from the winelist, one is able to relax and enjoy a laidback lunch on the large Boschendal lawn, with views of the Simonsberg Mountain in the background.
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