Boschendal farm traces its history back to 1685, marking it as one of the oldest estates in the Cape winelands. However, an injection of new investment has made this dynamic estate in Franschhoek a must-visit stop on the wine route.
The heart of the estate is the rejuvenated Werf precinct, where there’s no shortage of wonderful food and wine to experience. First enjoy a tasting at the stylish tasting room, where tables spill out onto the shady terrace and well-informed staff will talk you through the range of wines produced on this vast estate. Don’t miss the reserve collection’s Syrah and Chardonnay.
A few steps away you’ll find the chic farm shop, which sells local produce and homeware; it’s a great spot for souvenir shopping. Across the lawns you’ll discover the remarkable food garden, which stretches over three hectares and provides fresh produce for the estate restaurants and surrounding community.
Speaking of restaurants, you’re spoilt for choice here: The Werf is fine dining under the knife of acclaimed chef Christiaan Campbell. This is accomplished upmarket cuisine, with a firm focus on seasonality and farm-to-fork cooking.
Across the courtyard, the Bistro is the more relaxed option and offers country-casual cooking. Alongside you’ll also find a well-stocked deli and farm butchery if you’d like to take a few goodies home.
Your last option here is one of the most popular: Le Pique Nique offers gourmet picnics under the pine trees, a popular choice on hot summer days.