Boschendal is nestled in one of the most picturesque valleys in the Cape wine lands, one of South Africas original wine farms eagerly awaits your arrival. With a wine making tradition spanning over 300 years, Boschendal Wine Estate offers a veritable treat for wine lovers everywhere. This gracious national treasure is a familiar favourite to many and a glorious discovery for countless others.
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 […]Read more
DGB Wines to be honoured as Best South African Producer at world’s largest wine fair, ProWein South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producer and distributor, DGB, (producer of iconic wine brands such as; Boschendal, Bellingham, Brampton, Franschhoek Cellars, Douglas Green, Tall Horse, The Beachhouse, amongst others), has been announced as the Best South African […]Read more
Lizelle Gerber, dedicated Méthode Cap Classique and white winemaker at Boschendal, is an innovator whose passion, drive for perfection and respect for the grape have resulted in an abundance of award-winning wines. Having completed a Winemaker Degree at the Elsenburg Agricultural College of Stellenbosch, Lizelle combined the tenacity of her military experience and her innate love of the vine to carve a name for herself in the industry.
Lizelle began her career in 1996 at Zevenwacht Estate and spent a harvest in the Alsace region of France. It was during her tenure at Avontuur Estate in 2000 that Lizelle began to reap the fruits of her labour. Lizelle joined DGB as Bellingham winemaker in 2004 before her appointment at Boschendal in August 2006.
Passionate about learning something new each day and anticipating regional nuances, Lizelle strives to translate some of the world’s most noble grape varieties and their delicate fruit expressions into her wines. Lizelle has her finger on the pulse of innovative winemaking techniques and is encouraged to experiment with creatively while balancing tradition to produce premium wines of modern sophistication.
Lizelle also endeavours to cater to modern audiences, diverse wine palates and to educate younger audiences. Spending time at home experimenting with clean cooking and wine pairing or designing garden landscapes while listening to Vangelis ambient orchestral tunes are Lizelle’s favourite ways to relax after a busy day in the cellar and vineyards.
Stephan Joubert, dedicated viticulturist 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.
Jacques Viljoen is Boschendal’s prestigious Cellar Master who joined the team in 2018, bringing with him a wealth of wine-making experience and deep passion for the art. A regular awards recipient at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) and Decanter Awards, Jacques most recently won Gold for his Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz at the IWSC – but he has also been awarded for almost every varietal he has produced before.
With 16 years of experience as winemaker at Zevenwacht, he is an expert in staying true to terroir and the fruit to produce award-winning vintages. His style merges classic and modern techniques that reference his time in France, working with acclaimed French winemakers.
Before France, Jacques studied winemaking at Stellenbosch University, following which he had his first official appointment at Die Bergkelder. He joined Zevenwacht in 2002 and took over the role of head winemaker in 2005. His career has been exceptional but no surprise to his family and friends. With his father’s side of the family in the wine business, Jacques first knew he wanted to be a winemaker when he was in nursery school.
When he’s not working on gold and four-star-winning wines in the prestigious Platter guide, Jacques can be on his bike, enjoying the ample cycling routes traversing our estate.
At just 11 years old, Danielle Jacobs’ uncle inspired her to be a winemaker with his tales of winemaking and viticulture from Elsenburg. Since then, her devotion to the profession has only grown and as the assistant winemaker at Boschendal, she plays a pivotal part in creating the estate’s award-winning vintages.
Before Boschendal, Danielle was the winemaker and farm manager at a boutique winery in Botriver, Eerste Hoop. Here she gained a 91 point score for her first solo vintage wine – a Cape White Blend. Prior to that, she was the assistant winemaker at Noble Hill Wine Estate. With a viticulture and oenology degree from Elsenburg (Stellenbosch), she’s continuously chasing the perfect balance between science and art in her winemaking technique. By fluidly merging creative freedom with century-old tried and tested methodology, she brings something utterly unique to every vintage she creates.
Inspired by the likes of Norma Ratcliffe, Fiona Mcdonald, Elunda Basson, Andrea Mullineux and our own white winemaker Lizelle Gerber, Danielle is a strong voice for female winemakers in the industry. Her intuition and empathy shines through and she’s determined to be a role model for young women entering the profession.
Her go-to wine at dinner parties is either the 1685 Boschendal Chardonnay for easy drinking or the Elgin Appellation Series Chardonnay for a special occasion. When she’s not creating superlative wines, she can be found travelling locally to new and interesting locations, her heartstrings pull towards small and interesting towns with beautiful histories and architecture, always with a book in hand. Danielle was the Veritas Young Wine Writer runner-up in 2015 and can still be found writing articles for media and blogs for Boschendal (See Harvest Diary). On weekends she is either daunting new recipes in the kitchen, attempting to grow a sustainable garden or relaxing with friends and family with her pup Kahlo (the Rottweiller-Collie and all-round superpup).