Boutinot has been making wines in South Africa since the early 1990’s when we first scoured the land for interesting and often unloved grape varieties. At this time, we also introduced trailblazing practices such as wild yeast ferments and non-interventionist viticulture with our partner growers.
This initial passion, love of the land and drive for discovery still remain as our Franschhoek-based winemakers travel around the Western Cape, teaming up with the right partners that enable us to make the distinctive wine styles and quality we value so highly. Most of our grower suppliers are now second and third generation, reinforcing our longstanding partnerships and our belief in long-term sustainability. These partnerships and the knowledge we’ve amassed over time help us to make truly individualistic wines that champion regionality and old bush vines.
Today, we have a home of our own in South Africa. Wildeberg (‘wild mountain’) is literally a place ‘on the edge’, of Franschhoek and the mountains themselves. Formally an equestrian farm, the land has never before been planted under vine but this wild and magical mountain with its undefinable energy just pulled us in.
Working with this rugged terrain and all its untameable natural beauty has been challenging at times but extremely rewarding too. The fact that only 10% of the property itself can be planted underlines the wild character of this place. We’re letting the mountain guide us by working with nature, the soil science and topography to determine which cultivars to grow on this land…and soon our newly planted vines will herald a new chapter in Wildeberg’s winemaking story.
Wildeberg acts as a lookout for our view of the Western Cape; as a prism to which good things come and from which great things flow…our platform for regionality and contemporary cultivars; our kitchen to blend ingredients foraged from the wider Cape; and our inspirational home to grow and craft great South African wines.
See Operating hours during Level 2 lockdown:
Monday – Saturday (Wine tastings on request basis only)
10:00 – 15:00
People are more than welcome to request their own private wine tasting
Mobile: 082 895 4111
Cultivars: Chardonnay, Shiraz, Semillon
Distance to Town Hall: 2km
Tuesday: 10:00 – 15:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 15:00
Friday: 10:00 – 15:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00
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FRANSCHHOEK WINE VALLEY EXISTS TO:
Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses
TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards
2020 – Top 25 Emerging Worldwide
Destinations (15th position).
Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Destination
Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013
Service Excellence Award – 2015
Best Tourism Event 2015 – Franschhoek
Best Local Tourism Authority Information
service 2013 & 2012
Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.
Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation
Franschhoek Wine Valley
66B Huguenot Road
Monday to Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 16h00
Sunday: 09h00 – 14h00
+27(0) 66 224 6360