Wine farm 82 of 800 is Bosman Wines in the Wellington Wine Region (about a 1.5 hour drive outside of Cape Town).
You will absolutely love the decor as it feels like you are teleported to a scene from a scary movie. It’s an 8th generation, family vineyard since 1707 and they pride themselves on being a leading producer of Fairtrade wine, devoted to responsible handcrafted wine. If you are a Chenin Blanc lover, then this farm is for you! Sadly, there isn’t a restaurant but there are plenty of places to eat at the surrounding farms like Val Du Charron.
BOOKINGS: Book your wine tasting in advance to avoid disappointment. Tel: +27 (0) 21 881 3895
WINE TASTING: Taste 5 wines for R50 pp which is wavered upon purchase of wine.
WHEN TO GO: This wine farm is suitable for the summer or winter months and I would recommend this stop as a start to your day.
LENGTH OF VISIT: This visit should not take you longer than 2 hours of wine tasting and a cellar tour.
OTHER AMENITIES: No.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Not recommended.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 2 – 6 people but they can cater for up to 20 people (pre-booking a must!).
LOCATION: About a 1.5 hour drive from Cape Town in the Wellington wine region. Bosman Family Vineyards Directions.
OTHER RATINGS: They are not listed on Trip Advisor so I have started a review page for them (pending publish status).
Here’s my experience:
I took a drive into the Wellington country for the weekend and what a beautiful drive it was!
Bosman Family Vineyards is very easy to find and is well sign posted off one of the main roads in Wellington. Not a far drive from the main town. The tasting room is close to the parking area and it is wheelchair friendly.
You are greeted by the local chickens…
And then some Loose Cannon MCC to start! I absolutely loved the serving sizes! And I was not treated any different because they did not know who I was or if I was blogging about it. It’s a Chardonnay 74.5%, Pinot Noir 25%, Pinot Meunier 0.5% blend which spent 6 months in tank and a further 18 months on the lees. Wonderfully refreshing yet also slightly creamy – I picked up apples on the nose. R120 a bottle.
The tasting room is quite small but there is plenty of place to sit around the fire or at the large, communal table.
This fire place would be excellent in the cooler, winter months. Arrive early to grab your spot!
Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00.
Saturdays: 10h00 – 15h00.
It was a nice day so I opted to sit outside.
There are a number of wines on offer to taste for only R50 and it is served to you, each one explained by an experienced host.
I started with a Sauvignon Blanc which is served with some crackers to share. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Upper Hemel en Aarde valley which receives an ocean breeze. 9.6% of Semillon is added to give a slight fynbos dimension to this fresh and fruity, dry wine. R85 a bottle.
Then a beautiful Chardonnay. This wine is slightly wooded in french oak to give off nuances of butterscotch and pear on the nose. R110 a bottle.
And I was able to do a side by side tasting of some Chenin (Optenhorst vs Bo-Vallei) – a more premium Chenin vs the value range. R270 vs R60 a bottle.
And finally some reds. The Adama is a wonderful and complex blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache Noir, Cinsaut, Primitivo, Viognier, Nero d’Avola and Tempranillo. R150 a bottle.
As part of your tasting experience, you can wander through the cellar.
I had so much fun exploring this historic wine farm. If you look down into the floor, you will see where the old wine, concrete vats once stood as it is framed by glass flooring.
Afterwards, you might be lucky to taste some complimentary sweet wines upon departure. R280 vs R325 a bottle. What a treat!
With thanks to our wine host for the fantastic visit!
So which farm will be next? 🙂