Bouchard Finlayson - A Boutique Winery

The Winemaker

Winemaker Peter Finlayson is renowned for being the South African Pinot Pioneer. Peter’s vast knowledge of wine and the wine industry as well as his role in putting the Walker Bay wine region on the map, is well documented.

A graduate oenologist from Stellenbosch University, he furthered his studies at Geisenheim in the Rheingau in 1975. A period (between 1976 and 1979) at the fledgling Boschendal winery was followed by the challenge of setting up and running the first winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. His success at this cellar has been recognised globally, with a string of awards including the 1989 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for his achievements with the Pinot noir grape. In the same year, Peter was to establish Bouchard Finlayson together with business partner Michael Clark.

Peter is committed to raising the standards of his award winning wines. Many study trips to Burgundy have ensured that valuable friendships have been kindled with associates such as the legendary Paul Bouchard and Bruno Lorenzen. Today, the wines produced by this respected industry veteran – be it his rich Pinot noir, his exceptional Chardonnay or masterful Sauvignon blanc - are considered a prized addition to any special occasion.

Peter was the first Winemaker in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and has been with Bouchard Finlayson for 25 years now.

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