Buying quality wine doesn’t mean having to break the bank. That’s the opinion of Boplaas Family Vineyards marketing manager Rozanne Nel.  “We all try to save money by shopping smarter. As the general cost of living increases however, so does our motivation to find those hidden gems that reward us with great value.  “Fortunately, we don’t need to downgrade or give up our small pleasures like a good glass of wine or two after a hard day. There are still plenty of top wines that are accessibly priced, if you know where to look,” she says.

Take the trouble to explore wines from lesser known regions, she advises.  Boplaas Family Vineyards, a six-generation family business in the Klein Karoo, has a number of these gems in its portfolio.  The region is ideal for growing Portuguese varieties due to the drier climate and lower rainfall.

Tinta Barocca was of course the first Portuguese variety planted at Boplaas and the 2016 harvest sells at R75,00 per bottle at the cellar. The Tinta Barocca makes an ideal aperitif or partner to rustic country fare: grilled red meats, venison dishes, casseroles or even a Sunday roast chicken; grilled peri-peri chicken, beef Espetada or causal al fresco dining with good cheese.

The Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2017 is rated a “Hidden Gem” in Platter Wine Guide; received Double Gold at the National Wine Challenge (SA Top 100) 2018; and, was one of the Top 10 Red Wines at the Cape Port & Wine Challenge. The wine also received 91 points from Wine Magazine and is very good value for money for R78,00 per bottle, cellar price.

The Boplaas Cape Portuguese White Blend 2018 is the third vintage of an innovative white blend consisting of Verdehlo, an exotic Portuguese variety; and, perennially popular Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay  and the cellar door price is only R59,00 per bottle.

For more information visit the Boplaas online store at  Boplaas wines are delivered free of charge across SA with purchases of a minimum of a 12-bottle case or if the value is more than R1 500.

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