From today there is another convenient place to shop for our wines online.
As you might know, Kalmoesfontein, the home of AA Badenhorst Family (Wines), is also a popular wedding and event venue with beautiful accommodation. We just received this video of a small wedding we hosted in December, with wine tasting and all.
This is a stunning representation of a good time on the slopes of the Partyberg.
If you don’t follow our new @kalmoesfontein account on Instagram yet, do it now! It is our lifestyle account focussing on the food, accommodation, parties and scenes from the farm while our original @aabadenhorst account will focus more on the wine side going forward.
And in early March we will be hosting a ladies’ retreat, in conjunction with our friend and experience planner extraordinaire, Clarisse Coetzee.
Instead of holding your breath waiting for international travel to open, rather breathe out and relax at The Retreat.
The Retreat is a rejuvenating two night, mid-week* escape to the scenic slopes of the Paardeberg. Here your body can stretch with Megan Moore**, refuel with delicious vegetarian meals and get massaged by SkinClays; while your mind can engage in meaningful conversations with life coach Gretha Cronje and your soul can revive in the splendor of doing nothing amongst the fresh air and farm sounds of our working wine farm.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be one of only 12 ladies to join.
*we start Wednesday at 6pm so you can come after work.
**yoga classes will be fit for beginners.
We are sharing some of our favourite things to do in and around the Swartland again, since some of the businesses and restaurants originally suggested have sadly closed down.
Spending a weekend (or any few days) in the region can really relieve you of the stresses of the city. There is no traffic (unless you encounter a herd of sheep crossing a dirt road), the ratio of shining retail window display to real things made by locals are in your favour and the landscapes are wide open and unobstructed.
So, if you are planning to stay in our accommodation (or others in the area) here are a few of the things we like to do within 30mins drive of the farm.
So many options; you can start on the farm and walk into the Paardeberg (ask Semma); drive to the Riebeek Mountain and take the newly reopened route from Pulpit Rock or take a super easy walk up the granite hill outside Malmesbury (see slideshow below).
Alternatively drive through Wellington and into Bain’s Kloof Pass (gorgeous views of everything the light touches) and stop off to sit next to the river (ask Helena for tips). For all of these we can provide guides on request and at a small fee.
Most of these routes are also mountain bike friendly!
Shopping and eating like a local:
On your way to Bain’s Kloof you will pass our favourite leather shop. Redemption Leather is a local factory / shop where you can buy hand made shoes, bags, belts and so much more. Worth a visit.
For farm fresh food you have plenty of options… as you should in the country side.
In Riebeek you can get great produce at The Biggest Little Market (previously Crisp) opposite Beans about Coffee (yes, another coffee is a great idea!) and something to braai straight from Delico Meat, a farmstyle family butchery.
For cocktails and Asain inspired food try The Alchemist, definitely buy wine at The Wine Kollective (the only wineshop in the world that stocks alllll the Swartland gems) and check out art at the various galleries.
In Malmesbury you should get your coffee at Koffie (and see what the owner baked that morning) and grab some lunch in the garden at Granny Jeans. Peaberry Cafe and Cherry Lane are also both nice stops for light meals, coffee and local baked goods.
Wine (and other) tastings:
Most small producers are only open by appointment (like us) so make sure to enquire in advance. Check out the Swartland Wine and Olive Route’s site or that of Riebeek Valley Tourism for details on cellars that have open doors and active tasting rooms.
After harvest we hope to once again set aside a few dates for tasting days on the farm so try coming out on those weekends! And we have started to put together a sort of “menu of experiences” that friends and neighbours can offer so ask Semma about that when you book and get the most out of a weekend in die platteland.
And if you want to visit some local nurseries, both the Malmesbury Kwekery (on Reservoir street) and the Riebeek Valley Garden Center in Riebeek West come highly recommended.
Enjoy your visit to the Swartland!
Our cans have arrived in the U.K!
‘The Curator’ White 2020, Pears, lime, and blossom with a hit of oily richness from the Viognier and flinty minerality from the Chenin.
‘The Curator’ Rosé 2020, Red plums, sweet redcurrants and mint leaf, washed along on a sea of freshness.
‘The Curator’ Red 2020, Wafts of blackberry & pepper and lovely ripe, pure black fruit flavours, knitted together by fine tannins.
The farm will be closed from 18 December 2020 – 5 January 2021 as we all escape the heat and get some rest ahead of the harvest. No tastings or lunches, parties or events.
But before then, Cape Town take note, we are looking out for you this Kaapse Somer.
Buy a box of 6 Caperitif (for R930) and get 24x200ml Swaan for free.
Delivery to Cape Town and surrounds included.
Order via email@example.com.
On Sunday 5 December we are welcoming chefs Wesley and Juliet Randles back* onto Kalmoesfontein to cook a fantastic lunch.
The menu sounds amazing, wine will be available at cellar door prices and we would love to see you there.
For more info or to book, contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org
*Mr and Mrs Randles got married on the farm and this time they are returning with their son Jack.
A sneak peek at an episode of Via’s Sien, smaak, slaap (see, taste, sleep… does not have the same ring to it) shot on Kalmoesfontein and airing on the Afrikaans DSTV channel on 23 October at 17:30.
Every day Mina and Charl prepare a hearty balanced farm lunch for the the team – using fresh produce grown right here and meat from our surrounding farms. We are now opening this lunch up to a maximum of 8 extra seats per day.
Join us for lunch, Mondays – Fridays at 12h30.
For R150pp you’ll get in on the daily menu (including freshly baked bread and farm butter) + a glass of wine + coffee.
The view, the farm atmosphere and chit chat with the team free of charge.
You’ll also be able to buy wine at cellar door prices and grab some of our locally made products (like bread, butter, ice cream, capers, preserves and more) and free range eggs.
Please note – no tastings or cellar tours will be on offer unless specifically arranged in advance.
Book a seat 24 hours before via email@example.com or on 079 6526 101.
We are proud to share that we are now an award-winning authentic South African experience!
Charl, Mina and the team were honoured by The Wine and Food Tourism Conference with the honour of The VINPRO Authentic South African Experience Award 2020.
“This award acknowledges original initiatives that create authentic South African experiences in which individuals can fully immerse themselves, and at the same time promote our cultural heritage through food and wine.”
To find out more about booking a food and wine experience on the farm, click here.