The bull takes center stage at the Bot River Spring Weekend festivities hosted by the region’s fun-loving and fancy-free wineries.
Food, wine, music and entertainment – for kiddies too – will be a-plenty at the event taking place on the first official weekend of Spring. But, wait! There’s plenty more happening around the Overberg hamlet’s famous, bull-tide bash.
Expect an orchestra of superb activities all hosted by the various farms, each celebrating the dispatch of winter with their own unique and bull-inspired themes. In fact, you might say they’re all quite bullish at the prospect.
Now, you may be wondering: what’s with all this bull? Why, it’s Bot River’s very foundation and the reason it’s the wine route’s logo. Amongst the Khoisan people, the valley was once called Gouga – the place of cattle; the Dutch made the connection to butter, which led to its modern name. In this sense, the bull represents fertility, virility, leadership and strength. More importantly, it connects the history of all inhabitants of the region for possibly over 1 000 years; a symbol of the meeting of diverse cultures; and, the sense of place offered in every glass of Bot River wine wherever it may be enjoyed around the world. Now you know.