Boekenhoutskloof was established in 1776. Located in the furthest corner of the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the farm’s name means “ravine of the Boekenhout” (pronounced Book-n-Howed). Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree greatly prized for furniture making. In 1993 the farm and homestead was bought and restored and a new vineyard planting program was established that now includes Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Semillon and Viognier.
In 2009 Boekenhoutskloof made a significant investment in the Helderberg area, with the acquisition of the historic Helderberg Winery. The Helderberg is to Stellenbosch, of course, what the Médoc is to Bordeaux: the home of Cabernet Sauvignon, and their duty was clear. For a few years they worked experimentally, making wines from different parcels of vines off the slopes of this famous wine-growing mountain. Their experimentation has paid off.
The svelte lady is the figurehead of Boekenhoutskloof. She is an adaptation of an early silver hallmark of the Cape of Good Hope and she carries the dove of peace and hope. Guarding over Boekenhoutskloof, she represents intrinsic quality, which we prize above all else.
Boekenhoutskloof Winery was awarded Platter’s South African Wine Guide Editor’s Award for Winery of the Year.
The Wine With Secrets To Keep
“The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend – it’s even launched a graphic novel. While we are not about to reveal all, we can say that the style of the wine is a reflection of our belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.” – Marc Kent, Cellarmaster.