Boschendal Wine Estate & Gardens

Address:
Boschendal
Franschhoek, Western Cape,
South Africa
phone:
view phone021 870 4272
website:
http://www.boschendal.co.za
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Description

Working with nature, producing real food 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.



Boschendal, with its backdrop of sweeping mountain ranges, deep ravines, imposing peaks and sun-baked rock is renowned throughout the world for its beauty.

The farm is within an area of such significance that botanists have named it a kingdom on its own – the Cape Floral Kingdom. A major feature of this diverse ecosystem is the fascinating multiform low-growing vegetation known as fynbos.

Sadly it is estimated that there is less than 9% of the Renosterveld and lowland Fynbos ecosystems left. Boschendal have set aside almost half of the total land on the farm for conservation with a resolute commitment to the environment.

A Wealth of Ancient Trees

Striking prized indigenous trees including ironwood, yellowwood, stinkwood and wild olive are still to be found on Boschendal as well as some of the oldest Western European oak trees planted by the colonists over the centuries.

Grey poplars used for roof beams are also still plentiful around the estate, as are Camphors brought by the Dutch East India Company from South East Asia and stone and cluster pines commonly used for the masts of ancient ships. Blue gums, some now over 100 years old and over fifty meters tall, were also imported by the British and are still used to produce honey.

Invasive alien acacias, hakeas and pines brought from Australia are the target of ongoing asserted clearing projects to prevent them from choking the water supply and unsettling the natural ecosystem.