The Bosman Family have been vine growers in Wellington for 8 generations, their proud heritage forming the bedrock from which innovation and sustainability are a natural progression.
Faith, hope and love.
The very first Bosman to arrive at the Cape of Good Hope was Hermanus Lambertus Bosman in 1707. He became the “sieketrooster” (caregiver) for the Drakenstein community, starting a tradition of care that has been passed down the generations. The family crest bares the motto: faith, hope and love; and it is these words that inspire the family in the work they do in the community.
The farm Groenfontein, in Wellington (about an hour’s drive from Cape Town), was granted to French Huguenot Philip Drouin, in 1699. It passed through several owners, the Malan family, who married into the Bosman family, purchasing it in 1810.
The Bosman family produced wine on the estate up until 1957 when the family turned their focus to their vine nursery, propagating cuttings (or “stokkies”) for the Cape Wine industry.
In 2007, 8th generation Petrus Bosman returned to the long-held family dream and released the first wines from their newly renovated 270-year-old cellar. Today, the descendants of Hermanus Bosman are proud custodians of his legacy devoted to responsible, handcrafted winemaking.
WE INVEST IN PEOPLE
AND THEIR POTENTIAL
PEOPLE AND PRODUCE INEXTRICABLY LINKED FOR CENTURIES
Bosman Family Vineyards is not only a wine producer. The cellar is part of Bosman Adama, an organisation that includes a plant improvement facility, which plays a major role in propagating new, healthy vines; and a vine nursery supplying “stokkies” (grafted cuttings) to grape farmers across the country. We can therefore track our wines right back to the mother plant in an unbroken chain of quality and care.
But this also means that there is sufficient work year round for everyone on the farm from the nursery, to the vineyards, to the cellar. To keep this momentum, we must invest in people and their potential, focussing on building a cohesive, sustainable community so that all may thrive and collectively create a valuable legacy.