The Bosman Family has been a pillar in the South African wine industry for 8 generations. It has created a proud heritage that forms the bedrock from which innovation and sustainability are natural. The Bosman family crest bares the motto: “Faith, Hope, Love”. It is these words that inspire the family in the contribution they bring to the wine industry and in the community.
“We have lived together, worked together and cared for each other on this farm for centuries, passing on values and skills from one generation to another, over and over again. For us, creating opportunities for advancement within our community is not simply a good idea, it is a way of life.” – Petrus Bosman, CEO, Bosman Family Vineyards.
Bosman Adama, a division of Bosman Family Wines, plays a significant role in propagating new, healthy vines; and a nursery that grafts they are responsible for more than 8million vines/ “stokkies” (grafted cuttings) for the South African wine industry annually.
The vine nursery nestles against the slopes of Groenberg, Wellington, in the Western Cape, is where healthy vines flourish. Thanks to the team at Adama and the clean mountain water from the Kromme River. The young plants are tended with expertise and precision to ensure the highest quality vines. Expanding the number of clones and cultivars continuously.
Bosman Family Vineyards has one goal: to produce honest wine that echoes the land and the people who tend it. Wines that reflect each region’s diversity and that is grown to the highest quality no matter which tier.
The newest addition to the Bosman portfolio is the SONOP farm situated in the Voor-Paardeberg. This will not be the first of the Bosman organic wine producers, but it is the first to be certified property and cellar. More vineyards fall under the organic portfolio: Bovlei, Berg Rivier and Hermanus.
Bovlei: The Bovlei vineyards are planted on the foothills of the Groenberg, with the Limietberg Mountain range as a spectacular backdrop. Hilly slopes and valleys create unique mesoclimates for various varietals to thrive. The individual farms are called Lelienfontein, Groenfontein, Twyfeling, Optenhorst, Goedehoop, Opperhorst, Naby and Vrugbaar and all fall in the Bovlei ward of Wellington. Together, these farms span 780ha with only 180ha planted to vines, with the balance being mountainous land and nursery, blueberry and rootstock fields.
Berg Rivier: The second cluster of farms stretches over shale terraces towards the Swartland and has schist soils predominantly. It comprises the De Rust and Olyfboom farms and lies in the Mid-Berg River ward of Wellington. The farms draw water from the Berg River, and the landscape is relatively homogenous with slight variance in altitude. The farm comprises 155ha and the 31 vineyards planted. The soils here are reddish, homogeneous, deep, medium-potential oakleaf derived from ancient 900-million-year-old shale, some of the oldest vineyard soils globally.
Hermanus: Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. In the mountains above Hermanus, you will find the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. With its elevation and proximity to the sea, this area is the ideal terroir in which cool-climate varietals can thrive. The farm was purchased in 2001, and the first vines were planted in 2006. It is 270ha in size and is situated in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde ward. Only 50ha is under vineyard and 25ha under protea, with approximately 180ha under conservation management. This ward’s soils are mainly derived from granite, which usually consists of coarse, sandy topsoil with well-weathered granite saprolite at varying depths. These vineyards are in a 4km proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is cool with southerly sea breezes during the summer, which, in turn, create regular sea mists and overcast conditions.