Four years ago Johan and Sue Heyns bought two pieces of land in the Botrivier Valley that would become Anysbos.* The higher part is Table Mountain Sandstone and the lower part Bokkeveld Shale. Water that comes from the hills is kept in two dams and used to irrigate of the Grapes and Olives lower down the Valley. Wheatfields have been turned into Olive groves, and where Canola and Barley grew before stands our first crops of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Soon there will be Chenin and Grenache and Viognier. A rundown stone Cottage has been transformed into our home and the old Muleshed has become the now somewhat famous Beards and Barrels Venue. That is after the tractors and implements have been taken out. To keep ourselves sober during working hours we started making Cheese. Today we milk forty odd goats and sell handmade pure goatsmilk cheeses to Shops and Restaurants on both sides of the mountain.
*Named after the Anysboegoe (Agathosma Cerefolium) that grows in the Overberg.