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A boutique tasting at Bouchard Finlayson

Snuggled right into the lap of the Walker Bay region, Bouchard Finlayson is best known for its pinot noir. For me, it’ll be known as the best place to snack on cheese in a cellar while sipping on delicious pinot noir.

Parking just outside the cellar at Bouchard Finlayson is a treat in itself. The vineyard is perched just high up enough in the valley to imprint a pretty spectacular view on its visitors. The traditional Cape Dutch architecture often associated with vineyard outbuildings and cellars is also welcoming, stepping under a pergola that leads you into the cold, damp and deliciously musty tasting room.


With a view through the doors into the cellar, and walls lined with the winemaker’s award-winning wines, the cool interior is instantly settling. A few small tables for tasting guests lie in the centre of the room, surrounded by these cherished bottles.

Visiting with MzansiGirl, we were lucky enough to be hosted by the team at Bouchard Finlayson while we were doing a self-drive tour of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley a few months ago. A new introduction here, a breadboard with cheese, cured sausage and preserves was spread out for, ready to be consumed amongst the wines we were about to taste.

This Bouchard Brunch Board really makes for a great accompaniment for wine tasting: lots of delicious savoury, salty nibbles to compliment the wines on offer.

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We selected five wines from the Bouchard Finlayson tasting list, a mix of chardonnays and pinot noir bottle to try. It’s hard to say which was my best of the batch, but I can say the Hannibal is a leading red blend in my opinion. As for the chardonnays, I loved the Missionvale Chardonnay and took home a bottle of each of these to save for a special occasion.

I wish we’d had a chance to stay longer, the vineyard also offers a nature walk through its 125 hectares of property with local botanist Frank Woodvine. These walks will take guests on an adventure through the unique flora of this region of the Western Cape.

Walks must be pre-booked, so make sure to get your name down to enjoy the vineyard and surrounds before settling down to your brunch board and delicious wines!

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