Bouchard Finlayson honours International Pinot Noir day at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Friday, 16 August, 2019
Bouchard Finlayson
On International Pinot Noir Day, Bouchard Finlayson’s Pinot Pioneer, Peter Finlayson will pay tribute to the Pinot Noir varietal with a tasting of Bouchard Finlayson’s flagship Galpin Peak vintages, to be held at the winery’s sister property, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town.

The world’s most ‘hedonistic but temperamental’ grape will be celebrated around the globe on International Pinot Noir Day, in particular within the regions where it is cultivated; reaching from Burgundy (France), Oregon and California (USA) and New Zealand's Central Otago, to South Africa’s Elgin and Walker Bay. 

Pinot Noir remains the Bouchard Finlayson flagship wine. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir presents ideal conditions for the production of Pinot Noir with cool Atlantic Ocean moderating temperatures coupled with dense, heavy clay soils. Based on the age-old winemaking techniques from Burgundy in France, Bouchard Finlayson continues with high density planting, resulting in a greater amount of vines per hectare, growing smaller berries that produce excellent tannin structure in Bouchard Finlayson’s Pinots.

Bouchard Finlayson’s 2016 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir won a Gold Medal in the International Wine Challenge in 2018, and received the coveted trophies as South Africa’s Best Red Wine and South Africa’s Best Pinot Noir.


Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay's prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson is a boutique vineyard and winery, dedicated to the quality production, including but not limited to, 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, winemaker Chris Albrecht and a world class team who have a shared vision of excellence, 25 hectares (62 acres) of the estate are currently under vine. Fifty percent of the vineyards is devoted to the varietal for which Founder, Peter Finlayson is most acclaimed – Pinot Noir. Committed to protecting our environment, 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 2017 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Bouchard Finlayson 2017 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir

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