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“Wines ok (of course) - surroundings spectacular”

Boschendal Manor & Winery
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Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Eastern Route
Ranked #4 of 59 things to do in Franschhoek
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Wines ok (of course) - surroundings spectacular”
Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

I think the sommelier said that this winery was the second oldest in South Africa, and it feels it (in a beautiful grand old way). The oak trees are beautiful and it is good to wander around what you can of the grounds. The wine tasting was the most professional and most organised of all wineries we went to and the sommelier knew about the wines beyond what was advised or written.

Visited March 2014
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“A little whine”
Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

I am a big fan of the Shiraz and was excited to see where it came from but was sad to see small areas of empty fields where vines had been sacrificed for property speculation (now being replanted!) and also to learn from our guide that a lot of the grapes were coming in from other farms.

No doubt this is a very large and beautiful estate but, especially with the average Pique Nique, we felt an underlying pretentiousness.

However, it won't stop me drinking their Shiraz!

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Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

This was our 2nd winery of the trip as it was like entering a French chateau.

The gardens were gorgeous and the 4 course lunch, although buffet style, was absolutely divine.

What a lovely afternoon we spent there

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“Gorgeous setting, fab experience, picnic poor value”
Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

On a gorgeous summer's day, who wouldn't enjoy a picnic with top wines, linen table cloths and a view you can only dream of from your office desk... Indeed, this was thoroughly enjoyable, but it's clear that franschoek's oldest winery trades off its reputation and location when it comes to picnics. We found the food was lazy and unimpressive..potato salad laced in mayonnaise, cold cuts, and a selection of 2 pates..I'd research other vinyards offering picnics before bookings up here.

Visited February 2014
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“Interesting tour guide - but wine not so good”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

Visited this vineyard as part of a tour of South Africa. Pleasant guide and setting. However, we did the wine tasting and were disappointed by the wines. We had some good wines while in South africa but these were not amongst them. Disapointing . We did not have any food there apart from chocolate which was recommended as part of the winetasting. Rather odd.
A pleasant tour but have certainly experienced better in Europe.

Visited February 2014
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