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Boschendal

The "Boschendal Wines" winery is located at the foot of the Drakenstein massif in the wine growing area (Ward) Franschhoek in South Africa, The name "boss en dal" means "forest and valley". The historical part was created in 1685 by the governor and winegrower pioneer Simon van der Stel (1639-1712) the French Huguenot Jean de Long. In 1715 it came into the possession of the Huguenot brothers Pierre, Abraham and Jacques de Villier (1661-1735), who expanded it decisively. A great-grandson built the “La Rhône” mansion, which is now a museum and is a listed building, an outstanding example of Cape Dutch architecture. In 1896 all vines were planted by the phylloxera affected. The later Prime Minister of the English Cape Colony John Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) bought Boschendal and had all the sick vines replaced. These goods are still known today under the name "Rhodes Fruit Farms". Today the farm is owned by Anglo American Farms, which too Vergelegen (Stellenbosch) heard.

Boschendal - manor house and picnic meadow

The total property covers 3,500 hectares, of which around 500 are planted with vines. The vineyards are 14 kilometers long at the entrance to the Franschhoek valley between Simonsberg and the Groot Drakenstein mountains at 120 to 450 meters above sea level. There is high rainfall with up to 1,200 millimeters annually, so no artificial irrigation is required. Due to the large differences in height, the individual grape varieties were planted in the most suitable places. These are the red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc. Merlot. Pinot Noir and Shiraz ( Syrah ), as well as the white wine varieties Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc. Riesling. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, Over 20 different wine styles are produced. The figureheads are the Bordeaux blend "Boschendal Grande Reserve", the cuvée "Lanoy" (Merlot, Shiraz, CS, CF) named after a former owner and sparkling wines after the Method cap classique, Around 1.5 million bottles of wine are produced annually.

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