I almost never do pre-event write ups. I have a pretty strict policy that I only write about events after I have attended them. However, there is always an exception to the rule. And this exception is the Botriviera Spring Weekend!
I am a huge fan of a lot of the wine that comes out of Botriver and when this event hit my inbox I knew I needed to attend! Botriver is hosting a Spring Weekend from the 2nd – 4th of September. And we am getting involved in all of it! Botriver is about an hour and a half out of Cape Town and close to places like Hermanus and Elgin. I have never been out to Botriver and I am excited to find out what they have to offer. I am a huge believer in supporting the little guys with Botriver being home to 11 wine farms with most of them being family owned and run. We plan to support them by drinking all their wine!
The festival is kicking off on Friday night with a seven course dinner at Beaumont Winery paired with some really special wines! I have included the menu to inspire you! The very first course has me sold: wild mushroom brioche with mascarpone, orange zest and parsley paired with my favourite MCC: Genevieve MCC!
The menu is attached to a tweet by Ewan our very own Wine Thief. Ewan is a kick ass sommelier and I have had the great pleasure of drinking many wines poured by him. He is also the official taxi company for the evening – I believe in the form of a borrowed 4×4. So we get to sit back – eat all the food, drink the fabulous wine and be entertained by the ever charming Ewan.
If you’re interested in joining the dinner – it is R450 for 7 courses paired with wine and you can grab tickets over HERE! We have already bought ours and we hope to be put at the naughty table! Come and join us!
We are luckily staying over in lovely Botriver about 900m away from the Beaumont dinner at Uitwaaien. We have booked two little self catering cottages and they promise to be filled with country charm! Our little one bedroom cottage is R800 a night which I think is great value for money and comes with a sitting room and a basic kitchen.
I am looking forward to the hangover breakfasts already! Eggs, bacon and a bottle of bubbles to get us started again!
If you’re looking for accommodation for the weekend – maybe try Uitwaaien – alternatively the Botriver Wines website has a comprehensive list over here.
The main event of the weekend is the wine tastings! I haven’t planned that far yet but there are some amazing options! For me, Beaumont, Gabrielskloof and Luddite are a must! I have also received recommendations for Benguela Cove which looks beautiful!
Something I am really excited about is Luddite’s sausage making course! Penny of Luddite is looking to host small groups and educate us on meat, using the animal properly, buying the right meat and finally getting practical by having us make our own sausages and salami! We have signed up and I am so excited! So my rough plan is to tie in a wine tasting before or after – may need to be before as their is a promise of a whole carcass being brought in for demonstration purposes!
If you’re interested in finding out more about the course drop Penny a call and get your spot booked. Their contact details can be found over here.
I am currently struggling with lunch plans and am torn between two choices. We have the picnic baskets at Beaumont at R200 per person which includes delights such as griddled aubergine and artichokes, puy lentils with caramelised red onions, country terrine and baklava! And then the farm style relaxed cooking at Gabrielskloof. If you have any input on either of these options – or even a potential third – please let me know!
After lunch we are planning on drinking more wine and then taking it up a notch with the Pink Gin and Bubble Polo party at Maramanna Polo Estate. I know nothing about Maramanna Estate and when I asked – they laughed and told me its a local’s secret! I have very little idea of what it actually entails but we are going along with it! Tickets are R150 and include a welcome drink, a happy box of spring snacks and bubble soccer! I don’t know – but I intend to find out! With the trouble makers of Botriver about – there is bound to be good wine at least!
Tickets to the Pink Gin and Bubble Polo Party can be found over here.
I imagine Sunday is going to be a slow start in our little cottages and am looking forward to frying up the sausages we make at Luddite! We will probably hit the road for a slow trip back to Cape Town. I booked Sunday lunch at Newton Johnson to take advantage of their lunch special of a 3 course menu with a glass of wine at R195. Newton Johnson is one of the top twenty restaurants in our country and I am greatly looking forward to our visit!
As Benguela Cove Estate is on the Hermanus side I am hoping to tie in a morning wine tasting! This is an estate I had never heard of before but it is definitely packing the wow-factor! Through investigation on their website it looks like they have some gorgeous wine paired tastings and the cheese and wine pairing is calling my name!! They also boast an art collection on the estate that I’m hoping we have a chance to wonder through. I have a serious weakness for wine estates with beautiful art – Saronsberg, Tokara and Cavalli included!
And there you have it – that’s our weekend coming up in September and my idea of utter perfection! We will be drinking delicious wine, adventuring to Botriver and feasting on the finest food we can find!
If you’re interested in joining the Botriviera weekend you will need to buy a weekend ticket at R100 per person. You can find the tickets over here. If I have in any way inspired you, please feel free to steal any and all of our ideas. Give me a wave if you spot me along the way!
Until then I’ll be working over time and dreaming of our weekend escape!