It has been a while since I visited Bonnievale, so a recent opportunity to join some media colleagues on a visit was readily accepted.

As we neared our destination, two things gave me much pleasure: the first was to see the area’s Breede River flowing very strongly; the second was to see evidence of major improvements being made to the local road infrastructure.

During the journey from Cape Town, I had chance to reflect about the privilege I enjoy of being able to taste (and drink!) so many South African wines.

With all the middle to high price wines that I am fortunate to taste, drink and enjoy, it is easy to forget the wines that could be categorised as ‘every day drinking’. For me they provide newcomers to wine drinking with a perfect gateway to the pleasure.

Now Bonnievale Wines describe their wines as delightful and a visit there as an unpretentious wine experience…

I don’t think those kind folks at Bonnievale would object to my categorising their wines as every day drinking, at R57 a bottle, their new range could certainly attest to this tag.

The reason for our visit was to celebrate the launch of a new range of wines, The River Collection as well as a new corporate identity for the winery.



The new crest is a tasteful and elegant blend of its heritage and location. The cellar gable speaks of history; the three-arched bridge of collaboration and teamwork and the three original wineries; the blue diamonds bordered by triangles, the river and vineyards; and the ribbon, of unity.

The wines we tasted at their launch were the River Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2018, River Collection Chardonnay 2018, River Collection Chenin Blanc 2018 and the River Collection Cinsault Rose 2018. My personal favourite was the Cinsault  Rose and particularly its aromatic nose.



These first four will be joined by reds later this year.

The River Collection wines are currently only available at the cellar door, but will soon be available

At the launch, I sat next to winemaking team head, Marthinus Rademeyer. During our time together I told him just how much I’d enjoyed his Bonnievale Natural Sweet Shiraz (Enjoying Shiraz Three Ways – Feb 13 2018). I am pleased they will continue to make it.

Cheers Bonnievale, long may your river flow!




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