Thursday, April 9, 2015


Issued by FIVESTAR PR, on behalf of Bouchard Finlayson

Bouchard Finlayson‘s popular Tutored Wine Tastings series is back for 2015, with events this year also taking place in Stellenbosch and on the Garden Route, as well as in Cape Town and at the Hemel-en-Aarde winery itself. These informal, relaxed tastings are open to the public and will be held in small groups of no more than 20 guests. Absolutely everyone is welcome, from grape rookies to wine pros. Tastings will be hosted by esteemed winemaker and South Africa’s ‘Pinot Pioneer’, Peter Finlayson, who looks forward to taking guests on an inspiring wine journey of old and new vintages. The small events allow for a highly personalised experience, says Finlayson, inviting guests to find out more about the award-winning wines, with a handful of international vintages thrown into the mix, and paired with a selection of mouth-watering canapés. 

The first Tutored Tasting of the year will take place at Hildebrand Ristorante at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Tuesday 14 April, with guests being able to try 12 wines during the course of the evening. The first flight will comprise three vintages from Bouchard Finlayson’s unique white wine blend – Blanc de Mer, followed by six vintages of Galpin Peak and Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir, and ending in a flight of the flagship Missionvale Chardonnay.

Stellenbosch-based wine fans will be able to enjoy a Tutored Tasting on Wednesday 17 June, followed by a tasting in Bouchard Finlayson’s wine cellar on Tuesday 23 June. The tasting series then moves to the Garden Route (date tbc), before returning to Cape Town for a final tasting on Wednesday 4 November.

Editor’s Notes:
Please note that venues for June, August and November are still to be confirmed, with all Tutored Tastings taking place in centrally located restaurants. The tastings start at 18:00 and run until approximately 19:30.

Bookings are essential and can be made on or Tel 028 312 3515. The cost is R250 per person, which includes the wine tasting and a selection of canapés. Wine tasters are welcome to book dinner in the relevant venue following the tasting, for their own account.

Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay's prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar dedicated to the quality production of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Ever since releasing their first vintages, the name Bouchard Finlayson has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman and winemaker Peter Finlayson, 22 hectares (54 acres) of the estate are currently under vine with 50% devoted to the varietal for which Peter is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under exploration. Bouchard Finlayson is an accredited Championship member of the Biodiversity and Wine initiative (BWI).

Situated on the R320 near Hermanus, Bouchard Finlayson vineyard and winery is open for tastings and sales Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00. For further information, call +27 28 312 3515; email; or visit