BONNIEVALE has long been touted for the passion of its vintners and the quality of its vineyards among the low hills along the Breede River Valley. Now, joining an ever-growing throng of esteemed, independent converts, a respected French championship has recognised the winery’s outstanding quality too.

Significantly, top honours in the Gilbert & Gaillard awards programme fell to two wines that signalled, upon their release, Bonnievale’s coming of age: the Bonnievale Limited Release Chardonnay 2019, which received a Gold medal; and the Bonnievale Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, which scored an almighty 91/100 points.

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