We’re happy to announce our ongoing wine sponsorship of Cape Town based Food Jams’ Pro Cook Classes. The series of pro cooking classes for not so pro cooks takes place (almost) every Wednesday in Salt River. The next few classes are about baking skills:
But the future also holds lessons on meat, sea food, foraging and more. Check it out on their website and enjoy a few glasses of Secateurs on us, while learning new skills. Winning.
Our accommodation bookings for 2022 are now open. Book early to reserve those special dates and come spend you birthday / anniversary / reunion or annual holiday on the farm with us.
We have 2 x two bedroom cottages (The Winemakers’ Cottage and The Stables) and 2 x one bedroom dwellings (Die Melkkamer – a new addition- and The Silo) each with luxury bedding, stunning scenery, private pools and access to everything the farm has to offer.
Find out more (click here or via Accommodation on the menu bar) to book to avoid disappointment.
Here in the Swartland most days are Chenin Blanc days, we make a lot of it, we drink a lot of it…
But June 18th is officially known as Drink Chenin Day, officially in the sense that “In 2014 the first #DrinkChenin Day was celebrated on June 12th in New York and 10 other cities across the USA. This campaign was the brainchild of a group of USA retailers and sommeliers. The Chenin Blanc Association joined the campaign in 2016.” It seems it has since moved on 6 days… like I say, every day is Chenin day. (source)
But to celebrate #drinkchenin day, we’ll take a look at a few of our favourite Chenins, that we bottle.
First up, everyone’s go to, value-for-money house white, the Secateurs Chenin Blanc; one cultivar, 28 sites! This little snapshot of our fact sheet tells you more:
On the other end of the spectrum, we make a few Chenins from single specific sites, sites with a unique expression of terroir. These wines might not get bottled every year (if a vineyard does not deliver a juice good enough it will get blended into the Secateurs or the Kalmoesfontein White Blend). The vineyards are old and the yield is low. Here is more on a few of those:
Above is a view of Dassiekop during harvest – Dassiekop, described by Adi as “the finest Chenin Blanc vineyard in SA, a place where viticulture and nature come together in perfect balance” is farmed by Franziska Wickens on Waterval farm, a few kilometers from our cellar.
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.
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.
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.