“From the top of the Houw Hoek Pass, one gets the first glimpse of the vast, rolling hills and big sky of the Bot River area, where real people make real wine”..
This credo of the Bot River Winegrowers Association describes the unspoilt, down-to-earth, sociable character of the farmers – our wines are for lovers of the road less travelled. Within a 10km radius, the wine traveller can experience real country hospitality and taste wines made from the oldest vines in the region as well as the latest, most innovative varietals from new plantings. From historic and traditional wineries to the most modern, state-of-the-art cellars, the common denominators are a warm welcome; handcrafted, top quality wines; a commitment to biodiversity and the desire to share hours of sociable sipping with fellow wine lovers.
How we got our name: The Bot River was known by the San people as the ‘Gouga’ (meaning “abundance of fat”). The same word was used for butter, a commodity produced in abundance by the Khoi-San who lived on the banks of the river where pastures were good. Merchants who travelled from the Cape to trade a variety of wares for full casks of butter named the river Botter as early as 1672. Now, of course, the river represents wine!
A royal wine experience hits the City of Gold on 14 July, when two outstanding boutique wineries put on a once-off showcase of their collection of extraordinary vintages. Dubbed the GO LARGE Lunch, the event sees 9-litre bottles from the famed Bot River region's King of Shiraz and Queen of MCC.R900
Luddite and Genevieve Go Large in Jozi !A superb tasting in Johannesburg!Sunday 14 Jul 2019
It’s almost Father’s Day! Treat your dad to a meal or tasting at Wildekrans. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast, a casual lunch, or a country gourmet feast, we have something to suit everyone. Give us a call to find out more. Booking is recommended. (028) 284 9902
We are proud to announce that Villion’s Chenin Blanc scored a whopping 94 points in the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Their Chenin was one of only two gold medals that were awarded. Also truly proud for it to be ranked under the Top Ten white wines of the show! With an interview with the…
We are really pleased to announce that we have received a number of Decanter awards this year! Our Barrel Select Reserve Cabernet Franc, Cape Blend & Shiraz received silver, and our Barrel Select Pinotage & Pinot Noir received bronze. We also received gold for one of our wines, which we will announce soon. If you’d…