Montagu of the Klein Karoo
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Bot Rivier wineries

Bot Rivier is in the Overberg wine district and is home to many fine wineries.   We were only able to visit two, but both were fun, informative and, above all, had delicious wines.

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Here Sebastian Beaumont with his open fermentation tank of Mourvedre grapes at the Beaumont Winery.   Sebastian has been the winemaker at this old winery for the last 10 years.   His specialty is the Chenin Blanc, which was excellent, but I loved the Mourvedre varietal.   Also known as Monastrell, this wine was deliciously full-bodied.   We were lucky enough to be able to sample from this barrel as Sebastian tamped it down, making the level of the grapes fall about 6 inches in the process.  

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The farm dog Mungo greeted us upon arrival at Beaumont.  

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The Beaumont wine farm and guest house also includes an art gallery.

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For more info on the Beaumont Winery in the Western Cape please go to their website at

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I wish you could smell the heady fragrance of these Mourvedre grapes as Sebastian stirred this lovely pot!   Dan was also very fond of their Goutte d’Or, a Noble Late Harvest wine.   

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Next it was off to the elegant Luddite Winery.   Down a gravel road, we came to this fine winery where we tasted their award-winning 2005 and 2006 Shiraz side by side.   I could not decide which I liked more, but finally leaned toward the 2005.  Those floors are carved out of wine barrels - not merely painted.  They are quite stunning in person.   Visit their website:

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Like many of the great wine estates, Luddite has a selection of art on the premises.  The artist who created this hanging intends to make it a functioning chandelier.    Imagine all those tiny headlights!
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Tasting these two great wines with Penny, the winemaker's charming wife, we were amused by the antics of their more than friendly Jack Russell terrier.  
Who could resist?

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South African artists often use mosaic techniques on their sculptures.

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Luddite must have had 7 dogs on the property.   Here is a Boer Bull coming and a Jack Russell going!

We are back from our trip to South Africa, but will always remember the great times and wines and art.   The South African people of all stripes were welcoming and I encourage each of you to visit this great and affordable country.

More tomorrow!


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