Famed in mountain biking circles for its exceptional singletrack, Wildekrans is more than a trail destination. The estate produces award winning wines and boasts luxurious accommodation too.

Riders returning to FNB Wines2Whales will be familiar with Wildekrans. The farm has long hosted a spectator point and in 2021 it will also feature water point 2 of Stage 1’s Switchback route. For those wishing to pre-ride the open sections of the FNB W2W Switchback course Wildekrans is an excellent base. Not only does the farm boast 24 kilometres of sign posted trails, it is also the ideal spot from which to explore the greater Bot River riding options.

The real reason to visit Wildekrans, however, is the estate’s award-winning wines. Situated between hillocks of grey renosterveld the green vineyards of the farm are particularly eye catching in early summer. The estate itself is 1 000-hectares in size and has 70-hectares under vineyard cultivation. Thanks to the Bot River Valley, which stretches towards the coast between Kleinmond and Hermanus, the farm has a cool climate, facilitated by fresh south easterly breezes.

Head Viticulturist, Braam Gericke practices a low intervention winemaking philosophy and the estate focuses on producing low yield but fruit with a pronounced structure and intensity. This has seen Wildekrans’ Barrel Select Reserve range, in particular, win international acclaim. The Wildekrans MCC range meanwhile is the ideal accompaniment for a podium celebration, or any celebration for that matter. While the estate range offers exceptional value for money.

Wildekrans is open for wine tastings from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00. Their restaurant, meanwhile, is open Wednesday to Sunday, 08:00 to 15:30; and for a dinner service, by booking only, on Friday evenings.

 

Wildekrans
Location: Wildekrans Wine Estate, Bot River
Website: www.wildekrans.com
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00

One of the country’s oldest wine estates, Beaumont was first farmed in the 1700’s but it was only when the Beaumont family bought Compagnes Drift, in 1974, that modern wine making was introduced to the Bot River region.

Situated on Compagnes Drift farm – which was home to the Bot River region’s oldest wine cellar, established Dutch East India Company three centuries ago – is Beumont Family Wines. After wine making was discontinued in the 1960s the farm was bought by the Beaumont Family in 1974 and viticulture was revived.

Their signature white is Hope Marguerite, a Chenin Blanc exclusively from 43- and 47-year-old vineyards. Beaumont’s flagship red is their Vitruvian, a blend based on Mourvedre, Pinotage, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Both the Hope Marguerite and Vitruvian were awarded five stars in the most recent Platter wine guide.

Mountain bikers will be rewarded for their visit to Beaumont Family Wines both on and off the bike. The estate has created a network of trails which link with the surrounding farms. Without straying too far from Bot River one can now do a 28-kilometre ride, or extend it to 60-kilometres with gravel adventures on Van Der Stel’s Pass, which is sure to work up an appetite. Plus, when accessing the local trails from the R60, per rider, permit fee can be paid at the Beaumont Deli, which is a fantastic spot to start and end a ride.

Along with good coffees to kick off the ride, the Zest Kitchen and Deli specialises in truly local cuisines. The deli offers a seasonal menu and makes use of the farm’s produce whenever possible. This is facilitated by Beaumont Family Wines also producing pears, almonds and olives.

For those wishing to linger longer there are two original white-washed, black tin-roof, cottages which have been beautifully restored. These self-catering cottages are the prefect base for a weekend of mountain biking, wine tasting and relaxing. Though, with all the treats on offer at Beaumont Family Wines, the mountain biking might well take a back seat…

Join the Beaumont FNB W2W entry auction and stand a chance to secure a 2021 FNB W2W Chardonnay Standard Package entry. Check our wines on www.beaumont.co.za and forward your entry bid (and contact details) to jen@beaumont.co.za. The minimum bid is R15 500 and the highest bid wins the entry. Closing date is 30 September 2021.

Beaumont Family Wines
Location: Beaumont Family Wines, Bot River
Website: www.beaumont.co.za
Opening Hours: 09h00 to 16h00 on Weekdays, and 10h00 to 15h00 on Weekends

Having dedicated three decades to perfecting their Pinot Noir it is no surprise that Bouchard Finlayson has become synonymous with the complex medium bodied wine.

Bouchard Finlayson’s boutique wine cellar is internationally acclaimed and they also produce award winning Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and a range of blends alongside their flagship Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir. A particularly celebrated blend to look out for is the Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal, a celebration of old and new world fruit and styles combining Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Mourvédre and Barbera.

Nature lovers will be pleased to read that though the estate, which measures 125 hectares in size, only has 25 hectares cultivated under vine. The majority is set aside and preserved as endemic fynbos. Bouchard Finlayson is also a WWF-SA Conservation Champion. As such they pursue long-term conservation commitments as well as spearhead innovations in water and energy sufficiency.

For mountain bikers visiting the farm’s trails link between the lower sections of the Hemel en Aarde Valley and the climb to the higher reaches of the valley via the La Vierge Stairs. The best option is thus to leave the bikes on the bike rack and indulge in a wine tasting rather. The estate is open seven days a week for tastings and offers deli platters to satiate the hunger pangs while working through their award-winning wines.

Bouchard Finlayson
Location: Bouchard Finlayson Estate, Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus
Website: www.bouchardfinlayson.co.za
Opening Hours: 09h00 to 16h30 on Weekdays, and 09h30 to 16h00 on Weekends