Profile pitting on the koppie!

Profile pitting on the koppie!

Cabernet Franc has taken beautifully to the local Bot Valley landscape and there are plans afoot at Gabrielskloof to get a few more hectares into our beloved soils. As part of the carefully calculated decision as to when, where and how, we have done extensive profile pitting (love the phrase!) to determine what we have…

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Disdit and the Little Angels

Disdit and the Little Angels

Sometimes you need little angels to show you the way. And if you are lucky enough you’ll recognise them. There was this person sitting next to me at my brother-in-law’s birthday party seven or eight years ago. I told her that we ha some grapes and we hoped to make some half decent wine from…

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Gabrielskloof Landscape Cellar tasting experience

Gabrielskloof Landscape Cellar tasting experience

After many years of successfully hosting wedding ceremony after memorable wedding ceremony (often with the south-easter howling in the rafters) the beautiful, purpose built chapel up on the ‘koppie’ has had it’s wooden ‘bankies’ replaced with wooden barrels. The Landscape Series is a range of 5 wines reflecting the top vineyards on our property and…

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From Bot to Burgundy

From Bot to Burgundy

We are very proud of Samantha, cellar assistant at Gabrielskloof since 2009, on having been chosen to spend 6 weeks doing harvest at a chateau in Burgundy. Full name: Samantha Griselle Adams Age: 32 Birthplace: Botrivier Weekend activities: Music, friends and visiting mom Favourite music: Hip hop and R&B Gabrielskloof experience? I joined as part of the building team in 2005…

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The Shave-off on 1 February 2015

The Shave-off on 1 February 2015

On a quiet Sunday morning the winemakers of our little valley got together at our local hangout – the revered Botrivier Hotel – where, as one does in the Botriviera, they all shaved in anticipation of the 2015 Harvest (the assumption is that they get so very busy during this time that their wives are…

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Barrels & Beards Harvest Celebration 2015 : Make a weekend of it!

Barrels & Beards Harvest Celebration 2015 : Make a weekend of it!

Bot River Barrels & Beards 2015 – a harvest celebration with a difference Where Big beards, Bountiful tables and Beautiful wines set the tone 17 & 18 April 2015 Delight in a weekend filled with bold wines, raging beards and genuine hospitality when the wine community of Bot River in the Overberg celebrates their harvest…

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High Five! Our wines are making waves…

High Five! Our wines are making waves…

Bot River wines have been celebrating some rave reviews and ratings recently: Platter Five Star nominations: •    Beaumont Hope Marguerite (2012) – Nominated for the 6th time in a row for a Platter 5 Star (received it for 3 vintages) •    Luddite has two wines nominated for 5 Star status – Shiraz 2009 and the…

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