celebrate the arrival of spring at the bot river spring weekend

Spring will be celebrated in fine style from 1 to 3 September at the Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend 2017, when the people of this Overberg town have lined up a plethora of activities that highlight the best of this charming part of the country. All the participating wine farms will be throwing open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce. ‘The wineries of Bot River are truly a welcoming community, and the Spring Weekend is one of our favourite occasions to showcase our farms and the riches to be found on them,’ says Melissa Nelsen of Genevieve MCC. Starting with the Best of Bot Wines dinner on Friday 1 September, the event stars Forage restaurant’s executive chef Gregory Henderson, who is renowned for roaming local pastures in search of ingredients for his indigenous dining experiences, as well as the head of the SA Association of Sommeliers Higgo Jacobs and fellow sommelier Ewan Mackenzie. Together they will present an expert food and wine pairing showcase at Wildekrans Wine Estate. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, all of Bot River’s participating wineries will turn on the charm. Some highlights: the opportunity to unleash your inner Italian at the new Arcangeli Wines, where a wine bar with an Italian-South African twist is on offer, plus a wine-blending competition at Barton Vineyards (where you’ll stand a chance to win a two-night stay in one of the Barton Villas) and Villion Family Wines’ Spit & Skoffel dinner dance on 2 September, where there will be Overberg lamb on the spit and (yes, you guessed it) yet another great wine bar. Head over to Luddite, one of the area’s truly special wine farms, to sample their latest vintages – including the alluring Saboteur White 2017. There will also be edible treats on offer here, from a food truck run by Jason Lilley of renowned Cape Town bakery Jason. Genevieve MCC is also a brilliant spot to pop in for a tasting – and while you’re there, learn sabrage (the art of beheading bottles of sparkling wine or Champagne with a sword) and then linger over a cheese and charcuterie platter. And after an afternoon nap (or perhaps a brisk walk?) visit Paardenkloof Estate after 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for evenings of live jazz, pizza and sundowners: note that tickets to this event must be booked via or 079-504-3593. General daily tickets to the Bot River Over the Rainbow Spring Weekend 2017 cost R100 per person and can be purchased, along with tickets to individual events, at Quicket.