The Bot River Wineries are Embarking on an Epic Adventure

The Bot River wineries are embarking on an epic adventure! The wonderfully eclectic bunch of winemakers are dusting off their gumboots in exchange for their city savvy attire. Hitting the road for a trip to Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Maseru (Lesotho) to promote the beautiful Bot River Wine Route is no small feat for these country dwellers. This region has long been known for its wine pioneers and mavericks and these farms are family-owned and run, producing world-class wines. Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to personally meet and interact with these very talented producers. The journey kicks off on the 8th October 2019. The travelling winemakers: Johan Heyns (Anysbos) Se

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2018

Is there a top-end Chenin Blanc with a longer track record of excellence than Hope Marguerite from the Beaumont property in Bot River? First made in the late 1990s, the wine has grown in stature ever since and is now a leading example of what can be done with old vines, grapes from two such blocks, one planted in 1974 and the other in 1978. The current-release 2018 involved spontaneous fermentation before 10 months of maturation in 400-litre French oak barrels, 15% new. The nose shows flowers, dried herbs, white peach, citrus and spice on the nose while some smoky reduction also lends interest. The palate shows great fruit definition, bright acidity and just a little phenolic grip on the fin

SA Wine Legend: Jayne Beaumont

Like lashings of creamy, churned butter the yellow canola fields wash over the hillsides of Bot River aka Butter River. The official story of how the region got its name though dates all the way back to 1672, when the San people traded their butter with merchants along the river. Butter has long since stopped being the area’s calling card, these days it’s rather the wine that’s attracting visitors. With around 14 estates falling under the place of origin, this scenic slice of the Overberg has held onto its pastoral roots, and the estates have that genuine farm-feeling that too often gets steamrolled over with contemporary design in the larger wine regions. I pull up at Beaumont Wines; the ch