Dear friend,

As we approach the end of the year, it’s easy for achievements to be overshadowed by the tremendous challenges we have all faced. This edition of our newsletter intentionally seeks to celebrate resilience; our tenacity as fellow-South Africans; and, the importance of supporting those around us.

Underlying all is the sentiment that we need to take care of each other. We are bouncing back; we keep each other close and most importantly – we care about each other.

At the same time, I’d like to encourage you to pop in at the winery should you be planning to pass our way on your festive season travels. We’d love the opportunity to help you celebrate your own personal victories this year.

Kind regards
John Barnardt
CEO Bonnievale Wines



A golden year for Bonnievale (so far!)

Bonnievale can celebrate another sterling year thanks to the attention our wines garnered in a string of independent competitions, each with their own panels of experts. These are a credit to every member of the team, from the vineyards to the winery.

Our terroir and quality shone through at the following events this year:

  • National Wine Challenge: Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – Double Platinum and listed as Top 100 SA Wine; and, Limited Release Chardonnay 2019 – Double Silver.
  • Gilbert Gaillard: Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – 91 Medal; and, Limited Release Chardonnay 2019 – Gold Medal.
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: River Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – Silver; River Collection Shiraz – Bronze; River Collection Merlot – Bronze; and, Limited Release Chardonnay – Bronze
  • SA Terroir– Robertson District: River Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2020; River Collection Merlot 2017; and, River Collection Pinotage 2018.

Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Competition: Bonnievale Wines River Collection Cinsault Rosé 2020 – Gold; and, The Vale Sauvignon Blanc Brut N/A – Silver.


NEW: Try our delicious wine-and-chocolate pairings

Our tasting room manager reports that the new chocolate-and-wine pairing, launched at our Bonnievale visitor centre, is flying. The experience features five wines paired with custom-crafted chocolates.
In the line-up are:

  • The River Collection Cinsault Rosé, a crisp, dry style popularised in the south of France, which is paired with sugar-free milk chocolate.
  • The River Collection Sauvignon Blanc is paired with a chocolate truffle and serves to highlight the wine’s fresh crispness. It is characterised by tropical fruit flavours and subtle herbaceous undertones.
  • Showing citrus and peach in its aroma and flavour, the delicate River Collection Chardonnay is paired with coconut-milk chocolate.
  • The River Collection Chenin Blanc is paired with orange-dipped chocolate. The wine is crisp and bright with floral and fruity elements in its personality.
  • The River Collection Cabernet Sauvignon partners with dark chocolate in showing the wine’s intense, ripe red and black berry flavours. Soft tannins underpin perfect integration of wood and fruit.

The pairing experience is priced at R55 per person. It’s ideal for groups of friends. For more information, email



NEW: Take yours NEAT

One of our exciting recent launches included Bonnievale NEAT, a flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc that contains less than 0,5% alcohol.

The de-alcoholised wine is great for anyone watching their intake, whether at a business lunch or as designated driver. Less alcohol also equals less calories, so Bonnievale NEAT is gentle on the waistline too.

Our winemaker advises that NEAT Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is fruit-driven on the nose and tropical in style. There are notes of passion fruit, guava and gooseberries. The palate is broad, crisp and refreshing, showing those same fruit characters that linger in the finish. Enjoy with seafood, including sushi.

Bonnievale NEAT sells for R65/bottle and is available from selected retailers, but also right now via our online shop. Go to

A heads-up about our Bonnievale Limited Release 2018 

While shopping for wine, keep our Bonnievale Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 in mind. The wine is just the second vintage of this premium range and sold exceptionally well. It is currently available for R140/bottle.

You’ll recall that Bonnievale Wines launched its limited release, single variety wines from a selection of top vineyard sites to showcase the influence of the ancient soils, climate and weather of the Bonnievale ward.

The Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon displays beautiful expressions of red fruit, notably raspberry, supported by hints of liquorice. This carries through onto the palate where it is supported by fine, ripe tannins that provide structure and depth.

Order the wine from our online shop at

Vredendal-besoekers is ons Oktobermaand-wenners

Die wenners van die maandelikse kompetisie by ons besoeker-sentrum is ‘n paartjie van Vredendal.

Die gasteboek se bladsye verkondig luidkeels hoe lekker Sarel en Wilré Breedt by die proekamer gekuier het. Elke maand se inskrywings kom outomaties in aanmerking vir ‘n prys.

“[Dit was ons] eerste wyn-pasmaat ervaring by Bonnievale en dit was ongelooflik lekker,” skryf hulle. “Die personeel is so vriendelik. Wens ons kon elke naweek kom kuier op Bonnievale. Baie dankie en ons sien julle sommer gou weer.”

Proe wyn en ondersteun ‘n goeie saak

Die Bonnievale besoekersentrum hou binnekort weer sy somermark ten bate van ons plaaslike aftree-oord, Huis Herfsvreugde.

Die geleentheid vind plaas oor van Donderdag 5 November tot Saterdag 7 November. Dit word oor die eerste twee dae van 10:00 tot 18:00 gehou, en op die laaste dag, tot 14:00.

Tee en ligte verversings sal te koop wees asook speelgoed, mooigoed en huisgoed. Ons wynproelokaal sal beslis ook oop wees.

Vir meer inligting, stuur epos aan, of skakel 023 616 2795.

Share the excitement

If you’re in our area on Sunday, November 8, join the spectacle when the Cape Classic 380 road cycle race passes our winery. This is the last day of the three-day event.

The cyclists will take a quick break at the winery from around 08:45 to 09:45, giving supporters a great vantage point.

The race covers 380km, starting and finishing in Montagu each day. The first day covers 100km in the Koo Valley; the second, 160km in “The Tradouws”; and, the third, 105km on “the Bonnievale Loop”.

Get more at the cellar door

Our visitor centre is primarily about wine, but we also have a selection of local produce.

The team sells locally farmed fruit, snacks and homemade rusks. There are also plenty of wine accessories that make great festive season gifts, such as glassware, frosty ice bags, mini ice buckets, Wine Saver bottle stoppers, sparkling wine bottle stoppers, wine bags and open waiter corkscrews.

We’re open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00; and, Saturday 10:00 to 13:00 (currently only for tastings).



Great deals and easy access 

Getting Bonnievale Wine is easier than ever thanks to diverse facilities at your disposal.

You know about ordering online via Getting wines to your door couldn’t be simpler!

If shopping online isn’t your thing, then try our personal wine merchants. All you need to do is email and we’ll put you in touch with a dedicated advisor and they’ll get the ball rolling.

You’re also welcome to order online and collect from the winery should you be passing this way on your holiday.

Remember to keep an eye out for special offers. Our online shop currently has two on six-bottle packs, one featuring a selection of Bonnievale Cabernet Sauvignon; the other, wines singled out at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.