Barrels, Beards and wine at Bot River

Barrels, Beards and wine at Bot River

Barrels, beards and wine celebrated at Bot River

Now in its seventh year, Barrels & Beards is a celebration of barrels, beards and wine to celebrate the new harvest of Bot River wine on its journey from the vineyards of this valley to the wine-lover’s glass.

On April 22 the Barrels & Beards party returns to Bot River on the grounds of Barton Vineyards. Barrels & Beards highlights the vineyards of the valley that give rise to its unique wines as well as a ‘best of Bot’ wine auction of rare and special vintages to benefit the children of Bot River. To date the auction has raised nearly R200 000 with the help of enthuastic visitors to the occasion.

Producers taking part in the 2017 Barrels & Beards celebration are Anysbos, Barton, Beaumont Family Wines, Eerste Hoop, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve MCC, Goedvertrouw Wine Estate, Luddite Wines, Maremmana Estate, Momento Wines, Paardenkloof Estate, Rivendell Estate, Thorne & Daughters, Villion Family Wines and Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate.

To great mirth all round, the annual Beard Parade is a hairy highlight of the event. Here, deep and earnest judges pluck and pull, stroke and measure to finally announce the winner of that esteemed and envied title of Best Bot Beard.

Then follows the auction of special Bot River wines, which benefits various school-level educational projects in the region and what has become known as the Botriviera dinner.

“The evening is about feeling right at home,” says Bot River Wine Route co-ordinator, Melissa Nelsen. “Help yourself; break bread with your new mate. Abundance is the hallmark of this menu and we’ll be supporting our local food producers.”

Bot River is one hour’s drive up the N2 highway from Cape Town.

The fun starts at 5pm and the cost is R450 per adult. Tickets at

* For enquiries and pre-bookings contact Wilmari Geyer on 084 231 8930 or email: