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Bouchard Finlayson is situated in the Hemel en Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley near Hermanus. The valley stretches from Hermanus towards the inland town of Caledon. Near Caledon the main source of agriculture comes from wheat farming, but as you move the 25 miles from Caledon to Hermanus, the climate gets cooler, influenced by the proximity to the ocean. Bouchard Finlayson was established in 1989 making it one of the earlier wine estates in the Hemel en Aarde Valley (Hamilton Russel was established in the mid-70’s).
Proprietor Peter Finlayson comes from a farming family. Dr. Maurice Finlayson owned the well known Stellenbosch estate Hartenberg, and had two sons, Walter and Peter. Walter became owner of Glen Carlou in Paarl, and Peter became owner of Bouchard Finlayson. Peter worked his way around the Cape winelands including being the winemaker at Hamilton Russell before founding his own estate in the late 1980’s, setting him up perfectly to be a boutique producer of Pinot Noir in the Hemel en Aarde Valley.
The property consists of 125 ha of prime cool climate terroir, however only 22 ha of their land is under vine, half of which has been devoted to Pinot Noir. The balance of their land has been dedicated to the preservation of the Cape floral kingdom.