Bouchard Finlayson produces some of South Africa’s top wines and they are most well known and widely regarded for their Pinot Noir (their Galpin Peak Pinot just happens to be tied for first place as my favourite South African wine). But although we love the wines, this was our first time actually visiting the farm.

Bouchard finlaysonWe were invited to the farm as part of a small media group for a preview of the top 54 entries for the 2018 Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award. 

A national competition which this year received 226 entries, it is recognised as one of the principal events during the Hermanus FynArts FestivalThe theme of this year’s competition was ‘Vintage’ and once again, artists were invited to submit their entries, in tondo format (circular – at a maximum of 60cm in diameter). Entries were received across various types of media, including, paper, ceramic, embroidery, mosaic, metal-work, photography, digitally/mechanically produced, photo-based and sculptural/3-dimensional works.


Our Favourite Entries for the Art Award

Fynarts favourite

Fynarts favourite


The Winners

1st place:

Juanita Oosthuizen ‘Timeless Vintage’

2nd place:

Suné Burger for ‘Saved for a special occasion’

Merit Prizes:

Corina Lemmer ‘Prayers to Heal the Land No.3: Boeta wore two-tone’

Lize Beekman ‘Something old, something new, something blue’


Lunch at Bouchard Finlayson

After working our way through the art and working up an appetite we made our way to the Manor House for a sumptuous 3 course lunch paired with Bouchard Finlayson’s award-winning wines before heading back to Cape Town. Thank you to our host Peter Finlayson for a memorable day!