The annual Spring Weekend comes to the pretty little village of Bot River this weekend on 1-3 September with a kaleidoscope of exciting wine, delicious food and genuine, country-style fun in order.
Just like the rainbow-theme it has adopted this year, the people of this Overberg town have lined up a dazzling spectrum of activities and fun that showcase the best of the region. In celebration of the awakening of nature in all its forms, all the participating wine farms will throw open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce through convivial farm hopping and pantry shopping.
“The wineries of Bot River are truly a welcoming community and the Spring Weekend is one of our favourite occasions to showcase our farms and the riches to be found on them,” says Melissa Nelsen of Genevieve MCC.
The tone for the jam-packed weekend programme will be set at the Best of Bot Wines exclusive dinner on Friday, 1 September. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Bot River’s participating wineries will turn on the charm, each representing a colour of the rainbow. They include newcomer to the Bot River wine family, Arcangeli Family Vineyards; Barton Vineyards; Villion Wines; Luddite Wines; Genevieve MCC; Beaumont Family Wines; Gabrielskloof Wine Estate; Rivendell Estate & Vineyards; Paardenkloof Estate; and, Maremmana Estate.
It’s orange for the vines at Barton Wines, which dishes up a smorgasbord of fun from burgers to paintball, wine blending to tractor rides. Enter the wine blending competition and stand a chance to win a two-night stay in one of the Barton Villas. Wildekrans goes pretty in pink for the whole weekend, serving up its MCC Brut Rosé as you enter its gates. Villion Family Wines waves a big red flag for spring this year, hailing the season as nature’s way of declaring: let’s party! Silver is the colour for Luddite – a colour fitting of sterling wines and sublime experience awaiting visitors to the farm during the festival. Beaumont Family Wines lays claim to blue – think little flowers and azure skies.
Genevieve MCC will be decked out in a celebratory turquoise to present breakfast with bubbles at its new home – Klein Botrivier Farm on the Karwyderskraal Road – grub’s up at 09:00 to 11:30, Saturday and Sunday. Mellow yellow is the colour of Gabriëlskloof Estate, a stunning, family-friendly destination surrounded by wheat and canola fields for most of the year. The restaurant menu will be inspired by spices and heritage cooking with mielies, curried fish, bobotie and the like. For Rivendell Estate & Vineyards, there’s the shimmer of gold, the promise of a royal experience. Settle in for a long lunch and wall-to-ceiling views of the vineyards and mountains, to enjoy its special wine and canapé tasting plate in the spirit of spring. The essence of the season is reflected in green – the colour for Paardenkloof Ecology Lifestyle Farm. Enjoy wine tasting and a festival of fynbos in its Garden Restaurant and farm market.
Bring the children and their gumboots to explore the veggie patch, cuddle in the petting zoo or simply navigate the jungle gym. Then, wrap up each day from 17:00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an evening of live jazz, pizza and sundowners: tickets are R180pp and must be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 079 504 3593.
Sundowners will also be served up at Maremmana Polo Estate, where you can relax with a drink and a boerewors roll as all the rainbow colours recede from the sky. The rainbow bar opens on Saturday evening from 17:00 to 19:30.
Please note, booking is essential for activities and particular dining experiences offered by the different wineries and should be made through Quicket.
Tickets for the 2017 Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend cost R100 per person and can be purchased, along with tickets to individual events, at http://www.quicket.co.za unless specified otherwise. The weekend pass includes an armband and wine glass, which you may collect at the Bot River tourism office. Quicket stations will also be at Beaumont, Gabriëlskloof, and Wildekrans on the weekend. Youngsters under 18 years may enter for free.
For accommodation options in the area visit: www.botriverwines.com.
For more information on the Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend 2017 contact Melissa Nelsen at cell: 083 302 6562 or email Melissa@genevievemcc.co.za.