Beaumont Port Stomp
Some of you may remember a post a while ago where Lauren and I ended up on an impromptu wine tasting trip in the Bot River area. We fell in love with the wonderful Beaumont estate, particularly because of their amazing chenin blanc (this years “Hope Marguerite” was awarded 5 stars in the Platter guide and I relished an entire bottle to myself on my birthday). We signed up to their mailing list on our last visit and were very excited when they contacted us about their port stomp event. So last friday, Ben, Lauren, Emily, Ross, new friend Amy and I headed to Bot River to camp for the night and participate in the old practice of grape stomping. On arrival at Beaumont the wine was already flowing with a stash of vintage 2000 Shiraz out for the occasion.
We had a hilarious time stomping the grapes in both the small and huge vats. I was a little creeped out by the feet in wine idea but Sebastian from Beaumont reassured us that the fermentation would take care of any nastiness…I’m still a little suspicious!
A delicious 3 course, but very relaxed dinner was served amongst the barrels in the cellar, including amazing pates, more shiraz, delicious beef fillet with a selection of salads including a delicious fennel one and finally an extensive cheese platter with figs, fruit, chocolate brownies (to die for) ….and more shiraz.
Sufficiently shiraz sozzled we climbed back in to the vats for more stomping, luckily choosing to jump out before the inevitable chaos when someone fell over and grapes began to fly everywhere.
It was a lovely evening with a great crowd of people and absolutely worth more than the R150 we paid for a ticket, which included dinner and bottling our own port.
We camped down at the Bot River hotel as all the rooms were full – camping was very cheap at R50 a pitch – perfectly allowing us to save more money for buying bottles of Hope Marguerite! We returned to Beaumont in the morning to pick up some wine and take a tour around the refurbished mill on site. It was amazing to see the work that had been done to restore such old machinery to working order, a level of craftmanship we rarely see with current industrial manufacturing.
A fantastic weekend and we hope to be back at Beaumont very soon, in the meanwhile, there’s a bottle of chenin in the fridge with my name on it…A special mention to Lauren and Ben for the awesome awesome photos :)