Top image: Kobie Viljoen and Amorim Cork MD Joaquim Sá
The whackiest event in the South African wine landscape has to be the annual Barrels & Beards Festival held by the small but spirited Bot River Wine Route. Annually a group of wine makers make a vow of not shaving during the harvest, at the end of which they host a beard competition and gigantic slap-up party to celebrate the ending of the grape crush, the beautiful beards and the simple joys of being a member of the wine community in this charming rural enclave.
It is fun, it is tasty and it is so popular that for one week-end tickets to Barrels & Beards are the hottest pieces of paper in and out of town. What a great event and a joy for Amorim Cork to be involved as sponsor.
This year the mob of bearded Bot River winemakers grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns when the Barrels & Beards showcase took on the new bullish theme with the first Amorim Cork Bull Trophy presented to outright winner Kobie Viljoen of Villion Wines.
With Wildekrans Wine Estate hosting this year, tribute was paid to the virile bull in the Bot River Wine Route logo, contestants having to incorporate a bull-theme into their presentations.
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