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2018 sees the 8th instalment of this fun filled family festival, the Bot River Barrels and Beards Harvest Celebration, which will be taking place in April. The festival has become an institution to celebrate the new harvest of the Bot River Wine and its journey from vineyard to wine lovers glasses!

Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Bot River is a well-known haven for wine. It has 14 wine farms, mostly family owned, which produce world-class wines that they invite you to come and taste test while celebrating this years’ harvest – “an event to literally let your hair down and meet the winemakers of Bot River in one festive location”.

It is tradition that during the harvest the wine makers from the region stop shaving their facial hair to showcase their finest whiskers alongside their finest cultivated wines. During the day the bearded will be showing off their furry faces in the Beard Parade. Everyone should come along and support the rugged and bring a beard of your own!

The event is hosted at the beautiful Barton Vineyards and participating farms include the Beaumont Family Wines, Thorne & Daughters, Barton, Arcangeli, Eerste Hoop, Anysbos, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve, Goedvertrouw Wine Estate, Luddite Wines, Maremmana Estate, Momento Wines, Paardenkloof Estate, Rivendell Estate and Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate.

The festival not only offers award winning wines and rugged men, but also scrumptious food and plenty of entertainment for all. This whole shebang is an invitation to party, party, party; make new friends; celebrate the end of another bountiful grape harvest; and, do some good in the process.


  • Barrel Wine Tasting
  • Wines for Sale @ Cellar Door Prices
  • Best of Bot River Rare Wine Auction
  • Beard Parade
  • Live Entertainment


Dates : Saturday, 21 April to Sunday Morning 2018

Times : 17h00 to 01h00 Sunday Morning

Venue : Wildekrans Wine Estate, Route 43, 7185

Tickets : can be purchased online at

 Prices  : Tickets cost R450 per person

 Find Us

From Cape Town

Take the N2 from Cape Town Airport towards Somerset West / Hermanus

Take the R43 exit for Hermanus/Kleinmond and continue for approximately 3km

Passing the ‘Shell’ Garage on the right hand side, continue for 300m. Barton’s entrance is on your right.

From Hermanus

From Hermanus take the R43 towards Villiersdorp.  After about 35 km, Barton’s entrance is on your left.

Event Dates

  • Starts: 2018/04/21 at 16:00
  • Ends: 2018/04/21 at 23:30

Entrance Price

  • From: 450 ZAR

Contact Us

Barrels and Beards Harvest Celebration
 Ilse Henderson

Wildekrans Wine Estate, R43
Theewaterskloof Rural
Western CapeSouth Africa
34° 14′ 24.936″ S, 19° 11′ 54.755″ E
cell: +27 74 553 6953 Visit Website

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