Visitors are welcomed to the Bot River Wine Route as an extension of one big happy wine-loving family. It’s not uncommon to be invited on an impromptu cellar tour, or encouraged to partake in grape treading, barrel rolling, or other communal Bot River activities.

Did you know?

Feiteiras Vineyards in Bot River produce wines entirely by hand using a pole basket press. Feiteiras Vineyards released South Africa's first Verdelho wine. 

The Bot River Wine Route comprises a handful of wineries that make up the Bot River Vineyard Association.  

Clustered at the foot of the Houwhoek Pass, Bot River’s wine farms are the gateway to the Walker Bay wine-growing district, one of the Cape’s most sought-after wine growing regions because of its cool, maritime climate.

The Bot River wine ward stretches from the Bot River lagoon up into the foothills of the Groenlandberg and Babylonstoren mountain ranges, and forms part of the agricultural transition zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a 100 000-hectare UNESCO-registered biodiversity hotspot that is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site.

Cooling breezes from the Bot River lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean offset the valley’s warm summers. As well as helping to keep Bot River’s vineyards disease-free, the mild conditions permit later ripening, resulting in flavour complexity and well-balanced acidity.   

During Bot River’s mild, frost-free winters, rainfall supplements vineyard irrigation. Bokkeveld shale and Table Mountain sandstone soils add minerality, while the region’s abundant fynbos adds herbaceous notes to the wines.

Bot River’s eclectic band of conservation-conscious winemakers strive to work in harmony with the landscape to produce individualistic, terroir-expressive wines from cool-climate varietals.

Chenin blanc is the star of the valley, and wines coaxed from old, characterful, low-yield vines produce internationally acclaimed, award-winning vintages. 

Sauvignon blanc follows suit, with shiraz and cabernet aauvignon and small quantities of chardonnay, pinotage, mourvédre and verdelho completing the Bot River wine profile.     

Wineries on the Bot River Wine Route are often small, family-run affairs. While producers here prefer small acreage, there’s no stinting when it comes to hospitality, or top-quality and value-for-money wines.

Generosity of spirit is evident in the welcome visitors to this secluded valley receive. Big-hearted Bot River quickly wins over visiting wine lovers with its homely atmosphere, and commitment to the community, the environment, and quality wines. 

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