Boschendal Wines

About Us

Boschendal (Dutch for bush and dale) is one of the oldest Wine Estates in South Africa and is located between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in South Africa’s Western Cape.This Iconic wine farm is nestled in one of the most picturesque valleys in the Cape Winelands. With a winemaking tradition spanning over 330 years, Boschendal Wine Estate offers a veritable treat for wine lovers everywhere.

At Boschendal we believe wine is made in the vineyards. We take the utmost care to find specific terroir driven sites best suited for our cultivars. We have made it our priority to embrace sustainability techniques across both our farm and cellar practices in order to retain the country’s exceptional biodiversity and to empower the teams that work within it.

At Boschendal teamwork is essential. We all strive for the same goal which is creating exceptional, memorable wines. When you drink a glass of Boschendal we want you to taste the view, taste the lifestyle and taste excellence. We strive for perfection and aspire to always improve.

2021 marks 40 years of Cap Classique sparkling wine production on Boschendal, the first Boschendal Brut having been made in 1981 by Achim van Arnim, then the cellarmaster on the estate and considered one of the pioneers of Cap Classique.

 

WWF Conservation champion

Boschendal _Conservation Story Boschendal, with its backdrop of sweeping mountains, deep ravines and imposing peaks are renowned throughout the world for its beauty. The estate is situated in the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet richest plant kingdom on earth with an astounding biodiversity of plant and animal life. Although over the centuries many of […]

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Meet Our Winemakers

Andiswa Mapheleba, Cap Classique Winemaker

Born in Tsolo, I spent my early childhood in the best of ways and the simplicity still brings back such fond memories.  I moved to East London and did my schooling until my matric year. It was during this time when my interest in winemaking was piqued.  Even though I had no clue what the industry entailed, I was drawn to this career and envisioned myself growing within it.

What had drawn to winemaking is my love for science and art, and the fact that I wanted to do something that was completely out of the ‘norm’. Since then, I’ve never looked back! It was a defining moment in my life and one that I am so grateful for.

I completed my BSc Agriculture: Viticulture and Oenology degree at Stellenbosch University followed by a master’s degree in Wine Biotechnology, specialising in wine sensory and consumer research. I was appointed as assistant winemaker at Nederburg Wines as an assistant in barrel maturation and production at the end of 2018, before joining the Pongrácz team the following harvest. And now, I am truly honoured and thrilled to work with the DGB team, making one of the country’s most loved and accoladed bubbles!

In my day-to-day winemaking procedures, I constantly aim for quality by working with precision and passion – the ideals that are a necessity when making MCC.  As an individual, I always strive for simplicity and elegance in my craft.  I am also a firm believer of personal development and have a passion for the enrichment of our senses holistically.

Jacques Viljoen, Cellar Master Boschendal

Raised in the Cape’s Winelands, his most memorable experience with wine was at the impressionable age of five during a pre-school outing to a wine cellar. After the winemaker handed out small cups of must (freshly crushed grape juice) to all the pupils, Jacques was enamoured: “It was a taste revelation. I recall the juice being so sweet and concentrated, and a very specific smell of fermentation esters floating in the air. It certainly triggered something in me,” he reflects. From there, the decision to become a winemaker came naturally. At 18, Jacques went on to study winemaking at Stellenbosch University. Following a formative period in France where Jacques learnt his style that merges classic and modern techniques. On his return to South Africa he spent a further 16 years refining his winemaking skills before joining Boschendal. Based on his inherent love and respect of nature, Jacques endeavours to stay true to it. He is an expert in honouring terroir and the natural fruit to produce award-winning vintages. “Winemaking is like preparing a meal for someone. You know the effort that went into making it and it is rewarding to see your guests enjoy it,” explains Jacques. Jacques is particularly strategic in his response to tackling challenges of any sort, with an ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’ perspective. Ultimately, winemaking is a team sport, and for Jacques, it is about ensuring he is able to support every person and encourage their strengths in order to reap the best results – vintage after vintage.

Danielle Coetsee, White Wine Winemaker Boschendal

For a lucky few, there is a definitive moment when the world quietly slips away, and all that remains is an inspired instant between you and the wine that leaves you awestruck. For others, it’s a special memory that confirms your love for wine. For Danielle Coetsee, White Wine Winemaker at Boschendal, it was a combination of both. At just 11 years old, Danielle’s uncle inspired her to be a winemaker with his tales of studying winemaking and viticulture from Elsenburg. Yet, it was not until Danielle’s first harvest and tasting through some particularly memorable wines that a deeper love for winemaking blossomed: “Reaping the reward after months of hard work is a profound moment for any winemaker. I’ve also been majorly influenced by some incredible wines I’ve had the privilege of trying, including a 2010 Chateau de Myrat Sauternes Grand Cru, a 2007 Costers del Siurana Priorat Miserere, a 2013 AA Badenhorst White Blend and of course, the 2008 Boschendal Jean Le Long”. While studying viticulture and oenology at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, Danielle had her first encounter with the camaraderie and openness that exists within the wine world. This spirit of community and willingness to share knowledge motivated her to continue along with her vocation.
Before Boschendal, Danielle was the winemaker and farm manager at a boutique winery for several years and it was during this formative time that Danielle cemented her approach to winemaking. “It may sound super cliche, but it still rings true – you need good grapes to make good wine. You can make bad wine from good grapes, but you cannot make good wine from bad grapes,” she explains. Beyond that, she believes that meticulous attention to detail and a “kick-ass palate” are cornerstones to sound winemaking.

Stephan Joubert, Group Winemaker

Stephan Joubert, dedicated viticulturist and group winemaker at Boschendal, whose passionate ‘Vine to Wine’ approach places him firmly at the root of the winemaking process, prides himself on supplying the winemaking team with grapes of exceptional quality. Having completed a BSC Agriculture in Winemaking and Viticulture before completing his Honours in Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, Stephan applies his knowledge to the complete winemaking process, spending time both in the vineyards and in the cellar as well as a judge at various local wine competitions.

Stephan manages all grower relations and grape buying throughout the Western Cape and harvests the fruit of his labour by overseeing all logistics of grape intake, tasting each block before harvest to ensure that grapes are picked at optimum ripeness.

Passionate about understanding the diverse terroir influences, Stephan enjoys savouring an excellent glass of wine with his wife outdoors in full knowledge of its ethical source, while enjoying the company of his two children.

Having joined the Boschendal team in 2006, Stephan revels in the challenge of sourcing the noblest grape varieties from the best vineyards South Africa has to offer.

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