Educational excellence in the Bot River community

  The community of Bot River is actively involved in investing in the future of their children. BEF  (Bot River Education Foundation)is a voluntary association established in 2005 with the aim to motivate and encourage students in the Bot River community to study in the fields of engineering, accounting and medicine by a carefully constructed […]

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Botriviera Spring Weekend – Drink Yourself PINK.

A fabulous weekend celebrating the advent of Spring and Rosé created by the Bot River winemakers targeted at the pink wine buying market. Participating wine estates will celebrate Rosé by hosting an appropriately pink event with gastronomy, competitions, tastings, blendings, amusing activities and hilarious entertainment. Participating wineries will be open on Saturday from 09:00 to […]

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The Shuntin Shed

‘Shunting’ is a railroad term for when the train changes from one track to another, and this little spot in Botrivier certainly shunted my perception of the sleepy town of Botrivier. I’d been there a few times to visit Beaumont wines (always a worthwhile visit) and had passed through several more, but nothing had caught […]

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Botriver – Round II

So I was so excited by the pizza and Birkenhead at the Shunting Shed in Botrivier last time, I decided to go back – with reinforcements. So I planned along with several others to spend a Saturday afternoon watching rugby there, which is what we did. We arrived. We ordered some Birkenhead. Sold out. Some […]

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Get your barrels rolling – great fun for fund-raising ahead!

Bot River Valley Vineyards Association are again ready to roll with their annual Barrel Race on the 31st October 2009. Held at the Bot River station, races are relay-style with time trials leaving the two best teams competing for the grand prize in the final race. Number of entrants is limited, so get your team […]

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5th Botrivier Van der Stel Pass Challenge – 31 October !!

On the 31st October hundred of entrants are expected to line the start of the 5th Botrivier van der Stel Pass Challenge. The 2009 race promises to be the biggest yet.So fasten your tekkies and head off to the historic Botrivier Station for the start – just ½hr drive from Somerset West. The race caters […]

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Bot River Harvest 2009 Begins …

The biggest challenge to the Bot River harvest is usually the birds that swoop in to feast on the flavoursome grapes. We don’t mind the odd feast, if only they wouldn’t messily pick here and there and damage so many grapes! This invasion aside, Bot River’s harvest in 2009 was a superb one, and began […]

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Taste, sample & savour with Wijnhuis.

Sample some of the best wines from the Walker Bay & Overberg districts on 28 March from 11:00 to 17:00 & 29 March from 11:00 to 15:00 at the Wijnhuis, De Wet Centre Courtyard, Church Street, Stellenbosch PARTICIPATING WINE PRODUCERS Catherine Marshall Wines | Elgin Vintners | Iona Vineyards | Oak Valley Wines Paul Cluver […]

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Bot River Wines tasted by Master Sommeliers

A group of Master Sommeliers from all over the world visited our thriving little town of Bot River to taste the wines from our valley. They experienced the fresh and vibrant Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc’s followed by elegant, cooler climate Pinotage and Pinot Noir, rich, spicy Shiraz and some individual blends. Interesting single varietal wines […]

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Barrel race brims over with fun and laughter

The wineries of Bot River held a barrel-rolling competition on Saturday at the square next to the Shuntin Shed. The main aim was to raise money for the Bot River educational fund for improvement on projects for Bot River, but the pleasure of beating all competition was a strong secondary aim. Anyone was allowed to […]

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Wingerd Vark

A friend once asked me if I get bored on the farm after growing up in the City – my morning has been spent hunting piglets that my sow has decided she does not want. She is literally walking in the fields, stopping, giving birth and then carrying on eating and rooting. We have had […]

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Hermanus Wine Festival

The 12th Hermanus Wine & Food Fair , nominated as one of the 10 Best Wine Shows in South Africa, will celebrate the wines of some of the more than 70 producers from Elgin to Elim, showcase garagistes and round off the sensational experience with a coffee and brandy tasting lounge and a gourmet food […]

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