The Bouchard Finlayson estate is situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley, a short journey from the idyllic whale-watching town of Hermanus. Just 90-minutes’ drive from Cape Town, the estate’s 25 hectares of vineyard were meticulously planned and planted according to time-honoured Burgundian winemaking principles, and express the valley’s cool maritime climate and unique coastal terroir. A 100-hectare conservancy dedicated to protecting the endemic fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounds the vineyards.
While inspired by the winemaking traditions of Burgundy, Bouchard Finlayson keeps a keen eye on the future. Under winemaker Chris Albrecht the cellar is in a process of constant evolution, as we refine our viticultural and cellar practices to ensure Bouchard Finlayson stays at the forefront of premium wine production in South Africa and the spirit of collaboration that founded the estate continues to this day. Since 2000 Bouchard Finlayson has been owned by the Tollman family who, as owners of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, have brought their wealth of international hospitality expertise to bear on the estate’s offering.
At Bouchard Finlayson we believe in the family values of quality, integrity and shared success. We are proud to work side by side with these leading brands in the international and local wine industry that share our ideals.
At Bouchard Finlayson we put sustainability at the heart of our operations, especially when it comes to conserving our natural landscape. The farm’s 25 hectares of vineyard account for just 20 percent of the estate, with the rest set aside as a fynbos conservancy.