The epitome of authentic farm living, Boschendal Wine Farm provides a serene setting at the heart of the Cape Winelands. With the majestic Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains, deep ravines, and breath-taking views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Boschendal’s pristine location is the quintessential blank canvas for an exclusive wedding affair. Situated in the rich Cape Floral Kingdom, Boschendal is home to various indigenous trees and creatures such as the duiker, caracal, klipspringer, and mongoose to name a few. Become in tune with mother nature again and stand in awe of the beauty of this working farm, which is home to Boschendal’s award-winning Black Angus Cattle, acorn-fed pigs, free-range chickens, and the acclaimed Werf Food Garden. Be transported to an enriching time, where love, tradition, and forging of memories, will be at the heart of your wedding day.
Boschendal’s serene setting isn’t all it has to offer. With a range of venues, you can take in all this incredible farm has to offer. Whether you want an intimate or a grand wedding celebration, there’s a venue that will cater to your dream wedding vision:
The Olive Press
This versatile venue offers the flexibility of an indoor and outdoor setting with its exposed poplar roof trusses. Take in the views of the striking Simonsberg Mountains as you overlook the meadow garden - perfect for canapés, live entertainment or some fun lawn games for you and your guests to unwind whilst your photographer captures candid snapshots of your wedding against the backdrop of the Cape Winelands. The Olive Press can accommodate 200 people in a secluded setting and is sure to add a dynamic touch to your wedding day. An immaculate blank canvas, just waiting for your special touch, The Olive Press allows you complete freedom to bring your wedding vision to life. With its already stylish finishes, statement fireplace and an eclectic bar, it’s no wonder The Olive Press is such an exclusive choice of venue and was subsequently our choice in venue for the opening Friday night dinner of this year’s Bride of the Year Competition by SA Weddings.
Despite being synonymous with the year that was 2020, intimate weddings are here to stay! Ideal for an intimate outdoor wedding affair, Rhone Homestead provides a private yet historical Cape Dutch venue, including a beautifully manicured private garden. The Rhone Rose Garden functions as a picnic site and is in close proximity to The Cellar Door Wine Tasting Room, allowing for pre or post wedding activities that will enable an immersive wedding experience for you and your guests.
Nestled at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountain, this six bedroom villa can accommodate 100 guests in an outdoor wedding ceremony. With 360° views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, the Mountain Villa brings its own luxe farm living flair - the perfect venue for a distinguished celebration.
This venue has much to offer and guaranteed opportunities to create memories for a lifetime. Host to various cottages, a communal boma, natural swimming pool as well as an indoor cinema, lounge, dining room and sports field, The Retreat is perfect for pre and post wedding activities. Its views are perfect for an outdoor reception for up to 72 guests.
For a more rustic, casual wedding affair or even a pre wedding celebration, Boschendal is home to two picnic areas, namely The Rhone Rose Garden Picnic and Werf Picnic area. Enjoy a farm-to-table feast under the tall oak trees at Rhone Rose Garden or take it easy around the Werf Picnic Area pavilion, whilst having a relaxing time on bean bags and hammocks - pure wedding weekend bliss!
Live out your farm life dreams in Boschendal’s extensive range of luxurious yet contemporary accommodation and savour every bit this dynamic farm has to offer:
Werf Garden Suites
Take in idyllic views of the valley from the private patio of your garden suite. Located behind the historic Werf area on the farm, the 7 Werf Garden Suites are perfect for couples. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to The Werf Restaurant and Deli for a scrumptious farm breakfast, conveniently located within walking distance of the garden suites.
Ideal for family and friends, the Orchard Cottages provide a relaxed setting for a small group. With its rustic yet contemporary style, enjoy a modern twist of the classic farm life. Take a dip in the communal pool, enjoy a stroll through the vineyards, brave the hiking and mountain bike trails with quick access from your cottage or simply put your head back and enjoy a delicious braai around the fire.
For a more intimate group accommodation, Bertha’s Retreat is a secluded cottage area, approximately 3,5km from the main Werf Area. This retreat is perfect for close friends and family and includes a private pool and boma ensuring a relaxed and stress-free stay.
Set against the Simonsberg Mountain, Cottage 1685 is perfect for the bridal party. Designed by Herbert-Baker and sleeping up to 10 guests, this cottage boasts a large verandah, outside dining under glorious oak trees and includes a private, eco-friendly pool. Enjoy this relaxed and private space, which also happens to be a South African Heritage Site, and create wholesome memories before your big day.
The perfect cottage for an active family: Trout Cottage is located in a secluded area on the farm and boasts access to a private dam. Take in the fragrant orchards and serene views of the vineyards before enjoying a day of some mountain biking or hiking.
Bonus: this cottage is pet-friendly so your furry friends can also enjoy the outdoor splendour Boschendal has to offer!
Indulge in a true luxury farm experience in the exquisite Mountain Villa. Whether you want an adventurous or a relaxing getaway with family or friends, this versatile villa will cater to your every need with a luxurious hand. Sleeping up to 12 people (perfect for your wedding party), the Mountain Villa is equipped with a kitchen, lounge areas and a wrap-around terrace overlooking the gardens, lawns, and private lake. Undoubtedly the heart of entertaining, this luxurious villa also boasts an outside bar area, pizza oven, braai, and private swimming pool - absolute bliss!
Complete your exclusive wedding affair with Boschendal’s various farm-to-table menus prepared in-house by Executive Chef, Allistaire Lawrence and his team. All ingredients used are sustainably grown on the farm or locally sourced from small producers, ensuring a flavourful and nourishing menu that is ethically sourced. What’s even better is with Boschendal’s diverse range of venues for your wedding, there’s a menu to suit your style and theme. Choose from a plated three course meal, braai/spit braai, buffet/family style, picnic baskets or a harvest table menu - all guaranteed to leave you and your guests with a satisfying culinary experience. From farm to table, soil to fork, Boschendal prides itself on sustainable eating that will transform your taste buds. Enhance your culinary experience with Boschendal’s extensive range of premium wines, produced with only the greatest expertise and quality. With a winemaking philosophy rooted in heritage and balancing a contemporary yet modern infusion, your culinary experience will be taken to a new dimension.
Explore the rich offerings of Boschendal with their range of outdoor activities. Guests and visitors can enjoy a farm tour, explore the incredible surroundings on foot or via designated trails through fragrant orchards and mountain fynbos. The more adventurous can embark on dedicated mountain bike trails and cave exploring and may be lucky enough to spot some wildlife. For some leisurely down-time, enjoy some wine tasting under majestic oak trees, cool off in the dam or make use of the various outdoor spaces to sit and read amongst nature in all her splendour. With Boschendal’s pristine surroundings and immaculate upkeep of the farm, you can enjoy authentic farm living with Bochendal’s luxurious touch.
Boschendal Wine Farm’s reputation exceeds itself with its pristine and diverse offerings. Nestled in the Cape Winelands and boasting an idyllic setting with incredible views spanning the Franschhoek Wine Valley, this wine farm provides a distinguished blank canvas for an exclusive wedding affair. With the merging of authentic farm-living and luxurious touches, your dream wedding in the bespoke Cape Winelands, will exceed your expectations with Boschendal Wine Farm. We hope our Top 5 Reasons to Say I Do, did justice to this magnificent location in the Winelands.