Bouchard Finlayson contributes to the success of 2017 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017
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Bouchard Finlayson was one of seven Pinot noir producers who contributed to the success of the 2017 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. One of the highlights on the South African wine calendar, the Auction raised R13,2 million in aid of the Guild’s Protégé Programme for the development of talented young winemakers and viticulturists through the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust.

Just under 3000 cases (x6 bottles) of rare wines were sold at the Auction, of which the sixty cases of Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 raised a total of R200 000.

2012 was an exceptional year for Pinot noir in the Walker Bay district. Bouchard Finlayson’s Auction wine is described as having ‘a core of plush vibrant fruit and tannins that encompass spicy, well centred dark forest berry flavours’. It was matured in the best new French Oak barrels adding complexity and excellent aging potential.

The wine was made by Peter Finlayson, one of the eight founding members of the Cape Winemakers Guild, which was formed in 1985. Working with winemaker Chris Albrecht, Finlayson continues in an executive management role at Bouchard Finlayson, after he first established the winery in 1989. Finlayson was the first modern-day winemaker in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and was instrumental in putting the Walker Bay wine  district on the map, which today is lauded worldwide, in particular for its top quality Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. Today the Bouchard Finlayson Estate is owned by the Tollman family, under leadership of Victoria Tollman.



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, founder Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht, 25 hectares (62 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 a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion.

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


Bouchard Finlayson's Peter Finlayson
Bouchard Finlayson's Peter Finlayson

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