Bot River Spring Weekend 2016
The Annual Bot River Spring Weekend is set to take place from 2 - 4 September 2016 in the Overberg Region. This quaint town boasts 11 wine farms, most of which are family-owned and run, and each of these farms will share some of their secrets and delicious fare with the public; think olive oils, fresh produce, deli offerings, honest wines, farm fare, indigenous greenery and local talent.
“Bot River’s chilled approach to life and playful camaraderie amongst its winemakers is infectious and makes one feel part of the community almost instantaneously. As if our genuine hospitality is not enough to perk you up, the b to our Botriviera, especially this time of year when it features rolling green pastures and vivid canola fields, guarantees to put the spring back into any jaded city dweller’s step,” shares Kobie Viljoen of Villion Wines and current Bot River Vineyards Chairperson.
“One day in our company is simply not enough so we are opening our doors for the whole weekend so that visitors can soak up, sip, savour and share in our passions and pleasures. The stuff that makes us stand out from other wine routes, with lots of barrels of fun thrown in for good measure,” explains Melissa Nelsen, Cap Classique maven and creator of Genevieve MCC.
The Spring Weekend kicks off on Friday, 2nd September, with a sommelier lead Bot River Magnum Magnificence at Beaumont Wine Estate. Local producers will haul out their ‘big boys’ from the cupboards, for some of South Africa’s top sommeliers to match them with delectable pairings.
On Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September, the Bot River farms will be the main feature. Vistors can start their day at Goedvertrouw where they will enjoy an early breakfast, a sausage making course will be held at Luddite and nature lovers can enjoy a guided fynbos hike amoungst the Nguni Stud at Paardenkloof Estate, followed by a family picnic.
Families will also enjoy the Ecology Lifestyle Farm, with specials on fynbos plants at their nursery and Paardenkloof wine tastings and pairings to coax the senses. Guests can also fill their own picnic baskets with fresh farm goodies, whilst being entertained by live music and a petting zoo for the kids.
Forage Restaurant at Wildekrans offers a delicious indigenous lunch experience where the chef roams the pastures and forages for fresh ingredients but if a slow cooked hearty meal and incredible views is what you are after, Gabriëlskloof is the place to be.
Genevieve MCC will be offering Oysters & Bubbles all weekend long and have magnums of its newly released 2012 vintage on sale.
Beaumont Estate will be offering a pink sweet stall, pink kiddies bowling action, a playground, and tractor rides especially for the little ones. While the kiddies are entertained, adults can wander through stalls selling beautiful jewellery, plant and produce boxes, delicious food and stellar wines.
Barton Estate will also be catering for children with a jumping castle and tractor rides and they will be tempting passersby with complimentary canapé and wine or beer pairings with a wine blending competition.
The highlight event of the Spring Weekend is the Pink Gin & Bubble Polo affair which will take place at Maramanna Polo Estate on the Saturday evening.
“We will have some bubble soccer on the go for those who are up for a quick game of ‘inflated’ action. You know those big bubbles kids usually play with on water. Imaging those… but with adults in them, trying to kick a goal through the posts. It should make for some hilarious viewing while we all sip on flutes of bubbly and G&T’s,” chuckles Penny Verburg of Luddite Wines.
The Spring Weekend 2016 promises Bot River bliss at its best and all farms will be open from 10am until 4pm on both days.
Weekend Pass: R100 per adult (includes a wine glass and an informative booklet to be collected at the tourism office opposite the local hotel)
Pink Gin & Bubble Polo sunset party: R150 per head (starting at 5pm and including a welcome drink, a happy box of spring snacks and the bubble soccer action)
Magnum Tasting & Dinner at Beaumont: R450 per person (include rare cellar releases, fabulous food and sheer sommelier excellence)
Transport: R100 per person per day (taking you to the farms of your choice)
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