South Africa: Boschendal and other DGB wines



DGB (Douglas Green Bellingham) are the owners of the Boschendal, Franschhoek Cellar, Bellingham and other South African wine brands.  I had the opportunity recently to taste some of their Boschendal wines, and a couple of other wines.


The Boschendal estate lies in the Franschhoek valley. According to the title deeds for the estate, it dates back to 1685, which makes it one of the first wine estates in the Franschhoek valley. The earliest recorded owner was Jean le Long, a French Huguenot who brought his French viticultural heritage to the estate from 1688 onwards.  Passing through various hands over the ensuing centuries, after phylloxera struck in the Cape in the 1880s and 1890s, Boschendal, along with other former wine farms, was purchased by the infamous Cecil Rhodes, and it formed part of his Rhodes Fruit Farms business.  In the late 1960s, the estate was taken over by the Anglo American Corporation, who set about re-establishing Boschendal as a wine producer, and this has continued under successive owners.

I didn't have long to taste these wines, unfortunately, so these are only quick impressions, but I was certainly favourably impressed.

Two other DGB wines

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Last updated: 3 May 2019