The Van der Stel Pass

The Van der Stel Pass lies between Bot River and Villiersdorp, a beautiful pass that takes one via the Theewaterskloof Dam. This part of the Overberg is filled with flowers, birds and wines, with scenery to match.

The mainly gravel pass (although not difficult to drive in an ordinary sedan) is surprisingly not named after Simon van der Stel but Willem Adriaan van der Stel, Governer of the Cape Colony, which at the time served as little more than a way station for the Dutch East India Company, between 1699 and 1707. He ostensibly had a hunting lodge in the area.

Today the Van der Stel Pass is home to a series of working farms that produce apples, olive oil, lavender, wine, flowers, milk and horses

Barton Wine Estate
Positioned in the Botrivier valley and bordering the Kogelberg National Eco Park, Barton Wine Estate is a pristine estate with never-ending views and panoramas. Encompassing 500 acres, the farm produces wines and olives, and also boasts plum orchards, lavendar fields and olive groves.

Beaumont Wines

A beautiful family-run farm and winery nestled in the quaint Overberg village of Bot River. The farm dates back to 1700s and is one of the regions oldest cellars, filled with history. there is something for everyone here, whether a wine lover, nature enthusiast or looking for a different experience. You can see one of the oldest working water-mills, ride on horseback through the stunning vineyards, spot the outstanding birdlife or even take a hike on one of the fynbos trails.

The diversity of the slopes on the farm and various other aspects allow the farm to grow a variety of different grapes allowing Beaumont to produce a fantastic and truly delectable selection of wines with something to suit every palate.

Boutros Wines

A fantastic fanily ruin farm owned by Pieter and Bonnie Meiring. It is a relatively small farm with stunning natural surroundings with beautiful Cape fynbos and it is planned to expand the farm in the future.

The Bot rivier runs alongside the farm, giving the location a charming and quaint feel. You can expect to get a great selection of mouthwatering wines including Shiraz (55%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (45%).

A lot of hard work, dedication and passion has gone into growing the luscious grapes in order to produce these stunning vintage wines. This is the perfect spot to pop in for a visit, sample the wines and take in the beautiful scenery.

Eerste Hoop Estate

Eerste Hoops means ‘First Hope’ in Afrikaans. It is positioned in one of the most fertile areas of South Africa and quite a new wine estate. In the eighteenth century the Cape’s Governor, Willem Adriaan van der Stel call these lands First Hope whilst the early pioneers planted their grapes along the banks of the Botrivier.

Eerste Hoop pays great attention to detail when it comes to their bottles, labels and corks used and ensure that each offering is a fine one. Their range includes an Eerste Hoop Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir as well as Witklip Chardonnay, Shiraz, Blushing Bride Pinot Noir Rose, Lodewijkx Blend and Stillfontein Chardonnay Bag-in-Box.

Feiteiras Wines

In the quaint village of Botrivier, below the Howehoek Mountains you will find the Feiteiras Wine Cellar. The farm still has a very unique feature, a working pole basket press brought by the owner from Portugal. 'Known as a “lagar” in Portugal the wooden press is housed in a 3m x 3m open fermentation tank with pressure supplied via a 7 m wooden pole with a diameter of 700 mm and driven by a wooden screw worm'.

The farm has half a hectare of Verdelho from Portugal, maintaining the families Portuguese connections. With a fantastic selection of grapes, the farm are producing outstanding Reds including Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Petir Verdot and Mourvedre.

Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate
Tucked away amongst the rolling hills of the Botrivier valley, Gabriëlskloof is one of the newer additions to the area. Taking their wines seriously, yet describing themselves as laid-back, the team at Gabriëlskloof has adopted the same sentiment at their restaurant. With its ‘new Cape Country’ aesthetic, sweeping views of the valley, classy wines and delicious food, Gabriëlskloof is an elegant venue, which will delight any visitor to the Botrivier and Caledon area.

Goedvertrouw Wine Estate

Owner Elreda Pillman runs Goedvertrouw Wine Estate and continues to live the dream which she shared with her late husband Arthur. You’ll find it along the Van der Stel Pass between Botrivier and Villiersdorp. The house she lives in on the working farm was built in 1820 which makes it one of the oldest houses in the area. In the beginning of the 19th century, the old bell in the front of her house was used to gather the slaves from their farms and signal the train’s arrival from Cape Town bringing fresh vegetables. The farm house is now a Bed and Breakfast and the current wine cellar still has the ‘skietgatte’ (shooting holes) from the Anglo Boer War. Be sure to taste their hand-labelled wine, freshly baked bread and farm-churned butter.

Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre
Centrally located, close to Hermanus, Kleinmond and Fisherhaven, the Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre in Botrivier is the go-to equestrian centre in the Overberg region.

Luddite Wines
The owners of Luddite Wines, Niels and Penny Verburg first met at the Cape Institute for Agricultural Training. She was studying animal husbandry and he was creating his first Shiraz.

PaardenKloof Estate
PaardenKloof is one of the first South African black-owned wine estates to bring about their own vineyards.

Wildekrans Wine Estate
The Harlow family bought Wildekrans Wine estate in 2007 and continually to reap local and international awards for the superb wines.

Maremmana Trout Fly Fishing
Maremmana offers fishing in a 22 hectare dam fully stocked with trout, and has hosted a few competitions.
Fishing needs to be booked before arrival, so drop Peter or Sue a call if you're keen to give the venue a try.

Tel: +27 82 8346487

Barrels & Beards Harvest Celebration

The Overberg gets a little hairy when the Bot River Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival heads into town. This wacky take on the standard seasonal fiestas that celebrate turning fruit to wine exchanges the usual grape stomping and barrel rolling for beard growing and grooming.

During the harvest season, the renowned winemakers (men AND women) from the region stop shaving their facial hair – an age-old tradition – to produce and showcase their finest whiskers alongside their lovingly cultivated wines.