Boschendal wine farm’s modern winery incorporates the original 1795 cellar with cutting-edge technology to produce some of South Africa's finest wines. It also offers a fascinating history that goes back to the Stone Age and a window to early life on a Franschhoek wine farm.

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Evidence of early Stone Age life has been found at Boschendal Wine Farm.

Boschendal wine farm is renowned for its award-winning noble red varietals. The modern winery incorporates the original cellar for Le Rhone Manor House built in 1795. Here the past blends with the future as winemakers use cutting-edge technology to create their wines.

Jean le Long, a Huguenot refugee, planted the majestic Boschendal wine farm, in Franschhoek's Drakenstein valley, with vines in the late 1680s. But the farm was occupied long before as attested by artefacts found on the mountain slopes dating back to the early, middle and late Stone Ages.

The Huguenot Abraham de Villiers bought this Franschhoek wine farm in 1715. It would remain in his family until 1879, and soon thereafter was purchased by Cecil John Rhodes. It changed hands a number of times after that before being acquired by Anglo American Farms in 1969.

In 1746 Jean de Villiers built a house on the Franschhoek wine estate that over the centuries developed into a typically magnificent H-frame Cape Dutch mansion with external wooden shutters. Soon after acquiring it, Anglo American restored the house and replanted the vineyards.

With baroque and neo-classical touches, it is furnished in the early Cape tradition, making it one of the few authentic historical buildings open to the public in the region. Of particular interest are the old-fashioned rose garden and the friezes exposed during the refurbishment.

The Boschendal Restaurant has for many years been a feature on the culinary map of the Western Cape. If you prefer lighter fare there is Le Café or a French-style picnic beneath the pines (Le Pique Nique). And before you leave, pop into the Waenhuiswinkel gift shop for a memento from this special place.

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