Stoep Wyn 2019

If you are anywhere near Graaff Reinet this weekend – make sure you go check out Stoep Wyn! Adi and his friends are in town and it promises to be a great experience.

Last year we found out about Stoep Wyn from David Cope (Publik Wine Bar) and decided to check it out. And Adi booked to be there again before the weekend was even over.

I already got a picture of a food menu from Adi to kickstart my FOMO. It is blurry but that is likely cause he was on the move to order everything on the menu.

The event is on today and tomorrow on the streets and stoepe of this historical town. Adi is at Klub Libertas with (amongst others) Thinus Fram Kruger and Pieter Bubbles Ferreira.

Watch out Graaff Reinet!

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And now for the news

We’re often featured in articles and blog posts but it has been a while since we shared some of those on our blog. So, if you wanted to read about AA Badenhorst Family Wines from outside, unbiased sources, here are a few we have stumbled upon online recently.

Firstly – if you are in Wellington New Zealand on Tuesday next week (28t May) you should try visit Noble Rot Wine Bar. The will be sharing knowledge, great food and a very interesting selection of South African wines on the night.

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We also got wind of a lovely article by Tom Cannavan’s Wine Pages, following his recent visit to the Cape winelands. The article, part two of a series, is entitled Beyond the Vegabonds and includes a little mention of our winery.

“One of the original vagabonds, Adi Badenhorst may have his own winery in Swartland, plenty of fruit from his own vineyards, and some fairly large volume wines, but in terms of spirit and ethos, this free-wheeling force of nature still has vagabond running through his veins.”

He lists a nice bunch of people – you can read the full article by clicking HERE> 

And then there is this lovely post by Winevineblog who recently stayed on the farm and went through a tasting with Hanneke. I love the intro:

“You can usually hear the Kalmoesfontein winery before you can see it. Blasting out an eclectic mix of rock and pop that echoes around the Pardeberg mountains. As the “Rules” state on a white board at the entrance to the cellar, ‘Remember to change the record’ and while this refers to a stack of 12 inch LPs of varying age that lie next to a turntable, the instruction could be taken as a company motto. For Adi Badenhost, of AA Badenhorst wineries, has changed the record.”

Read the whole thing HERE> 

Winter is coming…

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Every season is special on the farm, as the weather and colours change – but winter is my favourite. The views are lush with green wheat fields and bright blocks of canola; the mountains a deep blue, capped by white snow peaks and you can curl up in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and good company (or a book!).

But why take my word for it, come experience it for yourself. This winter we are offering some specials on our accommodation options.

Bring the kids to the farm this school holidays and enjoy a 30% discount on mid-week stays. There is plenty of space to run around, zip lines, go-carts, mud, rabbits, chickens, fresh air and freedom… and some wine for the adults…

Weekend Stay special – book 2 nights and get 3rd consecutive night at 50% off. Offer Valid 01 June to 30 September.

And on the weekend of the 8th of June we have a Tasting Day with Adi – the Silo is still available.

For more info or to book, contact semma@aabadenhorst.com or on 0796526101.

Tasty tours

This weekend Hanneke, Charl and Semma hosted our first (mostly) monthly tasting day.

Since we are, like many Swartland wineries, open for tastings by appointment only, these are your appointment opportunities.

The day will usually include a tour of a few (close to the cellar) vineyards, the barrel rooms and a sit down wine tasting followed by lunch.

The next opportunity is on 8 June and will be hosted by Adi. Booking is essential.

Tastings and three course lunch (and Caperitif cocktails) at R600pp.

As always we have lovely accommodation available so why not make a Swartland weekend of it, there are many amazing things to do in the area and we are happy to share our ideas and tips. But is is winter and you would be doing totally fine with a book and a glass of wine in front of the fireplace too…

For bookings contact semma@aabadenhorst.com.

For more dates and info on these tastings click here.

Tasting days!

Some of us call them Tasting Lunches, others Open Days… either way, we want to open the farm for you to come visit and taste wine once a month.

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Starting at 10:30 Adi or Hanneke will take you through the cellar and to a sit down tasting. The tasting will conclude at 12:00 after which we’ll serve you lunch.

We can accommodate between 20-40 people.

The dates:

11 May: Hanneke

8 June: Adi

27 July: Adi

24 August: Hanneke

27 October:  Adi and Hanneke (Bread Festival – watch this space!)

Tastings and three course lunch (and Caperitif cocktails) at R600pp.

And then there is always the option to book some of our accommodation and make a weekend out of it. Click here to have a look at the options.

To book spots for any (or all) of this, contact semma@aabadenhorst.com or 079 652 6101.

We look forward to showing you the best of what we have to offer!

 

Oesaf v.2019

Another year, another harvest and another fun Oesaf party.

As usual the setting is Die Bos on the farm, with Mennekinpis pissing gin, a bath full of wine, good people and loud music. And this year a pool!

People were encouraged to camp and stay over for a babelas breakfast of coffee, sandwiches and Bloody Marys.

Good times! Thanks team.

Single vineyards vintage 2019

A visual representation of when the single vineyards on and around the farm were harvested this year.

Everything came in in the span of 27 days, starting with the cellar block on 31 Jan and ending with the Ramnasgras Cinsault (planted in 1966!) on the 27th of Feb.

The Golden Slopes (since 1968) and Klipkop (1966) Chenin Blanc vineyards are neighbors and were ripe and ready within 24hours of each other.

There was not enough Tinta Barocca (from the mysteriously names Sk’Windjiesvlei) for a SV wine this year so it went into the Family Red.

Other single vineyard wines, from a little further afield, includes:

Geelkapel White Muskadel from a vineyard in the Moutonshoek farm behind Piketberg, planted in 1984 and harvested on 18 January this year.

Sout van die aarde (Salt of the earth) Palomino is a vineyard on the west coast, just north of Dwarskersbos. The vineyard, planted in 1961, is planted in sheer limestone soil and was ready to harvest on 24 January.

And the baby of the Single Vineyards, the Bokveld Pinot Noir planted in 2006 in the Koue Bokkeveld on the Ceres Plateau, was harvested on the 19th of February.

Staying Stable

We recently turned the old stables on the farm into accommodation.

This two bedroom cottage (each room with an en-suite bathroom) has an open plan kitchen and living room, two outside chill areas and a private splash pool.

The furnishings are luxurious but laid back, the bedding proper, the bathrooms unique and there will be fresh farm eggs and bread baked right here.

We are now taking bookings for March and April – head over to our accommodation page or contact semma@aabadenhorst.com.

Proper pics coming soon.