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Boplaas Family Vineyards has again proven worthy of its champion status following the release of this year’s assessment by experts compiling the 2024 Winemag 10-Year-Old Wine Report. Boplaas was named as producer of the best fortified wine.


This year marks over six decades that Carel Nel and daughter Margaux have made wine, almost half of them as collaborators at the Boplaas family-owned wine farm. Between them, they have a lifetime of experience amassed over 63 harvests that are ploughed into the making of every new vintage.


The year 2023 will be remembered for the many milestones it brought Boplaas. In addition to several new top-level awards, the family-owned winery expanded its wine and whisky portfolio and Garden Route tasting rooms. Made headlines not only at a major industry auction, but also thanks to the Rugby World Cup.


Boplaas is proud to unveil a drinks selection specially curated to celebrate South Africa’s four Rugby World Cup victories. Now you can show your support for the Green and Gold every time you share a bottle from this collection! Only a limited number of these cases are available and can only be purchased from the Boplaas farm in Calitzdorp.


The family-owned Boplaas has unveiled its latest single malt whisky, a unique expression showcasing not only a fine spirit but the farm’s legacy as a champion port-wine maker too. In producing the outstanding spirit, Boplaas becomes one of very few in the world to have aged a single malt in casks that once held port the winery had crafted itself.


The Boplaas name is synonymous with excellence. Included in its achievements, the family-owned winery has won almost as many Double Gold awards at Veritas – South Africa’s longest-running championship – as the 33-year-old show has been held. Much of this, it owes to its association with Portugal.


Boplaas wines were among the very best performers at the annual Veritas Wine & Spirits Awards, announced last weekend. The winery received one of the few double gold medals presented, and two golds. 


Boplaas Family Vineyards’ Alvarinho white wine has been rated overall best at a South African show just months after the release of its maiden vintage.


Boplaas patriarch and veteran winemaker Carel Nel will – after more than three decades of participation – bid farewell to the renowned Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction this year. One of the event’s most prolific contributors over the years, he offers two exclusive wines as his parting shot when the auction takes place in Somerset West on October 6 and 7.


Family-owned winery Boplaas has claimed the highest award for a port wine and only Platinum medal for the style at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Awards. Underscoring the achievement, only 21 among 1500 entries received this sought-after rating.