Bot River Barrels & Beards Festival 2016
Enjoy a weekend of bold wines, raging beards and genuine hospitality when the wine community of Bot River in the Overberg celebrates their annual harvest. This year, the Bot River Barrels and Beards Festival 2016 will be taking place from 15-16 April at various locations around Bot River.
Bot River has long been a haven for wine industry pioneers and mavericks, with its 13 wine farms producing world class wines. The secret behind their success lies in their honest, hands-on approach to wine making.
“Bot River ranks amongst the most exciting Winelands destinations, having definitely maintained our own distinct, laid-back identity. We invite everyone to come and celebrate with our winemakers as we flaunt our whiskers and wines,” says Sebastian Beaumont, proprietor and winemaker at Beaumont Wines.
Barrels & Beards 2016 is divided into three separate events; kicking off with an evening of beer-drinking at Honingklip Brewery on Friday night, before easing into the not-to-be-missed 'Best of Bot versus International Tasting' at Goedvertrouw on Saturday morning. The weekend then culminates with the main event, 'The Baard Paartie' on Saturday night.
After gaining an appreciation for European beers, Mark and Analize ter Morshuizen made the decision to brew them locally, in Bot River to be more specific. Eight years on and Honingklp Brewery is responsible for the brewing of a range of Belgian-inspired ales. Join the Bot Rivier winemakers of Bot River for a couple of rounds of ice-cold beer, accompanied by some meaty pork sausages.
Saturday morning sees the unique ‘Best of Bot River Tasting’ at Goedvertrouw Wine Estate – a competition that is aimed at the more serious vino-lovers and aficionados. During the first part of the tasting, guests will have a chance to taste the best of the 2015 vintage hailing from Bot River. After that, there will be a blind tasting of the finest wines from Bot River against international rivals.
At the main event at Barton Vineyards, guests will be able to taste the freshly harvested wines from the 2016 vintage, straight from the barrel, whilst comparing them to older vintages of the same wine. This will be followed by a delicious, proudly Botrivier dinner and of course, the much anticipated Beard competition. Wines will be on sale on the evening.
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