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Boschendal Manor & Winery

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Address: Pniel Road | Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek 7680, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 870 4200
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One...

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.

Set in the Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines, the original farmstead complex is now a national monument with a rich and intriguing history of more than 300 years.

Today, Boschendal is a Cape winelands icon and a cherished wine and food destination. Our vineyards and fruit trees have been joined by vegetable gardens and a growing herd of free range, 100% pasture fed Angus cattle reflecting our commitment to serving wholesome farm-to-table food.

Guest accommodation is also a recent addition to the farm with luxurious cottage accommodation ranging from the exclusive and historic Rhodes Cottage built by Sir Herbert Baker to the elegantly restored Werf Cottages.

Cottage guests enjoy access to the entire farm where they can walk and cycle on trails through mountain fynbos, dine under the stars, have picnics and sundowners in exclusive areas, fly-fish in the dams and swim in pristine mountain water.

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Whether you want to have a superb wine tasting, purchase from their butchery, bakery or their souvenir shop, the Boschendal Manor & Winery definitely rates as one of the top 20 in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Horst S
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You cannot tour South Africa without at least one wine tasting! South Africa produces some superb wines but there these were not evident during our wine tasting - which isn't surprising. The tasting experience, together with the production of wines is on a factory scale. Our guide through the production process was engaging and pleasant though no wine buff. Unfortunately... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a table booked on the terrace overlooking the herb and spice gardens, the view was nice but not picturesque. The food was nicely presented but We felt our meat ( beef - sirloin ) was not as good as other restaurants we have visited in the area. Service was, again, ok but not exceptional, with our server lacking... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Whether you want to have a superb wine tasting, purchase from their butchery, bakery or their souvenir shop, the Boschendal Manor & Winery definitely rates as one of the top 20 in the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek wine regions. It also boasts a historic manor house well worth visiting as well as a restaurant to satisfy your hunger needs for... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great experience at Boschendal. We did the cellar tour and wine tasting. Wine tasting was well done: many options to choose from. We had a relaxing lunch at The Werf restaurant presenting good South African food. Spectacular view. Very friendly service. Unfortunately only a few wines are available by the glass. Making on line reservations is not... More 

Thank Vanamstel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I came here on recommendation from a friend. We came for lunch - the famous picnics on the lawn. Definitely book in advance to avoid disappointment. It was a wonderful afternoon, with a delicious lazy lunch on the lawn of the vineyard. We had a stunning view of the mountains, a nice bottle of wine and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We popped in for lunch on the off chance not really knowing what to expect. What a find! The facilities were amazing. Picnic areas with large beanbags to sit on. Beautiful gardens to walk around. Impressive deli and shop to browse. The restaurant was full so we ate at the deli sat on tables outside. this was a wonderful experience.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Four of us had a delightful picnic on a scorching hot day under the old oak trees. A blissful place well worth the one hour drive from Cape Town. And, of course, the wine grown on the estate is superb.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere sitting outside under the trees, enjoying a glass of MCC. Service could've been better but the food was very good, we had the meaty quiche and it was delicious. Loved the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered a picnic for lunch,went on wine tasting,(enjoyed very much)came back to picnic area .picnic ready please do remember to inform them you are ready for picnic as they are not telepathic 😉service was excellent ,lovely lady served our lunch after another member of staff laid out rug and Bean bag (which I would have loved to take home )Food... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is beautiful but does not quite have the views of other places in the winelands of the Cape to be honest. It was a quick visit but well worth it and i will put it on my list to visit again

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