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Boekenshoutskloof is tucked away at the southern end of the Franschhoek valley and is named after the indigenous Cape Beech trees (Boekenhout) which grow along the river banks. At the winery’s entrance is their figurehead, a woman carrying the dove of peace and hope, based on an early Cape silver hallmark. It’s a lovely spot, surrounded on three sides by dramatic mountains.
The tasting room is lined with curiosity cabinets filled with unusual stemware, first edition Tintin books, vintage Star Wars figures, French pastis bottles and loads more, a reflection of the maverick personality and eclectic tastes of winemaker Marc Kent.
The winery is home to some of South Africa’s most successful brands: the legendary award winning Boekenhoutskloof and the very popular The Chocolate Block. Tasting is by appointment only. Marc will open Boekenhoutskloof and Chocolate Block wines and chat happily about these while regaling visitors with wine talk, spiced with anecdotes about the farm and how an aspirant pilot came to be a winemaker.
Marc has a passion for conservation and Boekenhoutskloof has created a beautiful riverine walk that is open to visitors, although you need to phone for permission in order to get access to it. We really recommend you do. A low impact beautifully handcrafted wooden path meanders for 800 metres, criss-crossing the river, punctuated with indigenous trees sporting botanical labels. But the excitement for us was in discovering 10 red wolves of mythical proportions, prowling between the trees. These have been created by Simon Max Bannister from the wooden pallets that are used to deliver wine bottles. He has succeeded in creating an enchanted forest to delight children of all ages.
Hot of the press: In July 2015 news broke that award winning winemaker Gottfried Mocke, formerly of Chamonix, is to join the Boekenhoutskloof team.
Noble Late Harvest 2013
Tasting by appointment only
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Boekenhoutskloof Winery (Pty) Ltd, Franschhoek, South Africa, -33.942669, 19.107884000000013