The farm where it all started, Peter Finlayson, founder of Bouchard Finlayson was the pioneer of viticulture (and pinot noir) in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley back in 1989. A boutique, family-owned winery, today it’s acclaimed for its cool-climate wines that also include sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Small-scale, sustainable production results in just 18 000 cases of premium, 100% vegan-friendly wine each year.

And, this August, for one day only visitors are invited to come and enjoy a series of unique food and wine experiences at this breathtakingly beautiful farm.

A day trip to heaven

Bouchard Finlayson exteriror

Passion and an idyllic setting combined to perfection

Your day begins with a shuttle ride from Cape Town, after which you will be welcomed to the farm with a traditional snack of braaied snoek, roosterkoek and a glass of Blanc de Mer.

A pairing of three chardonnays follows, combined with small tasting plates to compliment the wines and fantastic views of Hemel-en-Aarde from the roof of the Tasting Room.

Tasting room

Once you’ve taken in the spectacular landscape, a scenic tractor ride explores the terroir more closely with a journey through the vineyards to the top of the farm, rounded off with a celebratory glass of Hannibal (a blend of Italian red varietals) paired with chocolate macarons amid the fynbos.

Tasting platters

All the fresh air is sure to whet your appetite, so it’s a good thing the outing concludes with a hearty harvest-platter lunch in the barrel cellar, courtesy of valley chef Dre Johnson. The meal is paired with Bouchard Finlayson’s premium wines, including the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir.

  • Mains: slow-roasted beef ragu on flavoured couscous, and lemon-and-herb chicken on homemade hummus
  • Sides: seasonal vegetable quiche, carrot caponata, tossed green salad and roasted artichoke salad
  • Dessert: baked cheesecake, pavlova with berry compote, crème brûlée and milk tart