From the top of the Houwhoek Pass, one gets the first glimpse of the vast, rolling hills and big sky of the Bot River area, where real people make real wine.
This credo of the Bot River Winegrowers Association describes the unspoilt, down-to-earth, sociable character of the farmers – their wines are for lovers of the road less travelled.
Within a 10km radius, the wine traveller can experience real country hospitality and taste wines made from the oldest vines in the region, as well as the latest, most innovative varietals from new plantings.
From historic and traditional wineries to the most modern, state-of-the-art cellars, the common denominators are a warm welcome; handcrafted, top quality wines; a commitment to biodiversity; and the desire to share hours of sociable sipping with fellow wine lovers.Contact Us
Bot River has many local arts and crafts available, as well as hiking and biking trails in the surrounding mountains.
The annual Bot River Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival, with its quirky antics and wine auction, has become a favourite event for visitors to this area.
Eat lunch at the historic Bot River Hotel, or try the various bistro offerings on wine farms in the area.
The Arabella Hotel & Spa is situated just over an hour's drive from Cape Town, and close to Bot River. Indulge in a weekend getaway or a mid-week break at this golf resort and spa, on the edge of the Bot River lagoon.
From the top of the Houwhoek Pass, one gets the first glimpse of the vast, rolling hills and big sky of the Bot River area, where real people make real wine. Accommodation in this area ranges from small B&B offerings to self-catering venues on farms.
The Bot River area offers various other activities for visitors to enjoy. The Houwhoek pass area is popular with nature lovers, and it offers numerous biking and running trails. Visit the town itself and catch the friendly local at the Bot River Hotel, or browse quaint arts and craft shops.
A more relaxing pursuit is trout fly-fishing in Bot River. Bird-watching opportunities are vast for enthusiasts looking to expand their South African portfolios. Other, adrenalin-filled activities include abseiling, rock climbing, guided tours on quad bikes and 4x4 adventures.
Bot River has many local arts and crafts, available from quaint, brightly-painted shops. De Geheime Kelder Gallery showcases local talent in curated exhibitions throughout the year.
Things To See And Do
- See Bot River and its vineyards on horseback with Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre
- Green Mountain Eco Route is the world’s first biodiversity wine route. Experience this four-day hiking trail around the mountains of the Overberg region
- Bring your mountain bike and take a ride down the Van der Stel Pass gravel road that runs between Bot River and Villiersdorp. Wildekrans Wine Estate also has a mountain bike track
- As Bot River is a small wine route and most farms are owner/winemaker-operated, you have the opportunity when visiting to meet the winemaker
- Accommodation is varied and fits all options
- Enjoy a great variety of restaurants, some located on picturesque wine farms
- Check out the Bot River Hotel, which serves as the meeting point for travellers and the community
- Visit the historic watermill at Beaumont Wines
- The wineries are all kid-friendly
From historic and traditional wineries to the most modern, state-of-the-art cellars, the Bot River area offers handcrafted, top-quality wines, a commitment to biodiversity and the desire to share hours of sociable sipping with fellow wine lovers.
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