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Building a rural Utopia at Boschendal

We’re more than just a wine farm offering rustic luxury but hopefully in the future, a prototype for regenerative farming…

By Tamara Patel
Chief Marketing Officer at Boschendal

Established in 1685, Boschendal is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with Cape Dutch manor houses spectacularly preserved among the leafy oak trees. We’re perfectly positioned in the epicentre of the Winelands offering varied accommodation; charming one-bed cottages and garden suites sleeping two, two-bedroom cottages with a shared swimming pool, all the way to a luxurious six-bedroom house atop the mountain with a private pool, braai and butler service. It’s all self-catering but that’s easy when we have a farm shop and deli with a fifth-generation butcher who offers lifechanging biltong, sausages and steak. Not to mention the bakery for daily pastries, cakes and fresh bread. There’s next to no food miles. Just put in an order before you arrive, and we’ll make sure the fridge is stocked!

The Werf restaurant does the rest offering signature dishes such as black angus steak from our cattle, with views out over beds of herbs, vegetables, fruit and roses interspersed with meandering pathways and trickling streams (a tour is a must). From October to May we offer picnic hampers bursting with treats from charcuterie and potato salads to homemade pasteis de nata. From September to April, every Friday we have a market where some 2,000 people come for delicious food stalls and to enjoy some great wine. There is of course wine tasting all year around in the Werf and Cellar Door where you can sample everything from our award-winning MCC sparkling wines to the 1685 collection that comes in every shade – Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz. If you’ve come with your family, there’s no need to worry. While you’re out wine tasting, 4-12 year old children can be let loose in our wooden Tree House (an extra) – an adventure playground that also offers supervised activities such as foraging, mud craft and gardening with the chickens. Next to it is our mountain biking pump track for bigger kids and adults too!

None of this would be possible without our passion for the land which you can explore hiking, biking or horseback riding. Of our 1,800 hectares, around 800 are dedicated to conservation where we’ve restored river flows and allowed the flora and fauna to flourish undisturbed. We’re pioneering regenerative farming that doesn’t just sustain the soil but strategically replenishes it by nourishing the soil with live roots, planting indigenous and diverse crops, and encouraging our livestock – cows, sheep and chickens – to freely graze and essentially sequester carbon into the earth. And what is the land without our community? Those who work for us can send their children to our pre-school located on the farm and we regularly run supplies to the neighbouring educational centres. Our hope is to leave the earth better than we found it and ignite the same passion in future generations.

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Alfred & Tamara Patel

An experienced and creative marketing and advertising specialist, Tamara’s experience has spanned diverse sectors from the hospitality industry to renewable energy. Both thought leader and logical thinker, she combines strategic planning and commercial awareness to propel the clients of whom she is passionate. Her trusted relationships and astute business acumen makes her the perfect champion for Boschendal where she is most happiest, on the blanket on the lawn unpacking a picnic hamper with friends and family.

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