BOTRIVIER BARREL RACE – locals celebrate the art of barrel rolling

Every year the Bot River community gathers in the town square to watch which winery team can roll their barrels fastest. Its competitive, it’s loud and if you’ve never seen a barrel race – it’s one not to miss! This year the race takes place on Saturday 24 October at 11h30-15h00. This community project is arranged by the Bot River Vineyard Association and is a wonderful day for the local farm workers, supported by their families and friends. Races are relay style with time trials, leaving the two best teams competing for the grand prize (of R2500) in the final race. Come cheer the barrel race rollers on while enjoying good food and local wine. Entry form and more details on the site: http://

BEAUMONT OPEN GARDENS 2015 | 31 OCTOBER & 1, 7 & 8 NOVEMBER

31st October & 1st November 10am – 4pm 7th & 8th November 10am – 4pm Spring has started with a bang. At Beaumont Family Wines we have been busy planting new pear and apple orchards as well as a new chenin blanc vineyard next to the Mill House. This is by far the most exciting time for farming and a reminder that summer is just around the corner. We invite you to share this glorious time of year with us by taking a walk through the farm or simply wandering through the gardens of vivid colours and perfumed flowers. Take a seat overlooking the dam and enjoy the exciting new dishes that the Zest ladies have created for these two weekends. Our unique wines will naturally be available for tasting

BEAUMONT HOPE MARGUERITE CHENIN BLANC 2014 RATED BY CHRISTIAN EEDES

September 17, 2015 by Christian Eedes in What I Drank Last Night There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Kanonkop Pinotage, for instance. Though the Beaumonts of Bot River go about their business in a quiet and unassuming way, their Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc is also one of the modern-day greats. Vineyards were planted in 1974 and 1978 and the same minimalist winemaking every year – spontaneous fermentation and maturation “from vintage to vintage” (10 months) in 400-litre barrels. The 2014 has a beguiling nose – some reduction, citr

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