Around an hour’s drive from Cape Town lies the quirky dorp of Bot River, a well-known haven for wine pioneers and mavericks. Its 14 wine farms (most of them family-owned and run) produce world-class wines, and on 22 April, they’re inviting you to join them as they celebrate the 2017 harvest at this year’s Barrels and Beards Festival. The bearded vintners –Anysbos, Barton Vineyards, Beaumont Family Wines, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve MCC, Goedvertrouw Wine Estate, Luddite Wines, Maremmana Estate, Momento Wines, Paardenkloof Estate, Rivendell Estate, Villion Family Wines and Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate – will show off their furry faces at during the course of the day.
In addition, there’ll be complementary barrel tastings of the region’s latest wines, a delicious farm-to-table Botriviera dinner, wines for sale at cellar-door prices, the Best of Bot wine auction of rare and special vintages and the Beard Parade. Tickets are limited, so book yours at Quicket.