End the year, our way!

As you might know by now, more Badenhorsts have joined us on the Paardeberg. This time in the form of brother Charl and his wife Semma – this power couple moved to the berg in January to help manage the farm, with Semma focussing on accommodation and events.

Which means we get to throw parties during harvest time and make more brides happy and now, add new additions to our repertoire. Like end of year shindings…

Yup, the end of the year is approaching, flippin fast! We suspect that you (and your staff) aren’t blown away by the idea of another end-of-year event at some city bar (or worse, the boardroom in your office…)

That’s why we, the AA Badenhorst family team, have decided to put on our thinking caps and combine our years of diverse event experience and party planning – to come up with something special for your team!

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I mean – between us we’ve styled, hosted, planned and conceptualised things on five continents. We’ve been curating our little piece of the Paardeberg for the last decade, but our roots in the Swartland go back generations. We’ve worked with the likes of Visi, Afrikaburn, Elle, Sanctuary Retreats, Sense of Africa, Burning Man (and lots of wonderful things in between) and can create, design and flawlessly execute gatherings of all shapes and sizes.

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On our working wine farm, at the end of a dusty road on the slopes of the Paardeberg, we are known for unique experiences. And the bonus is, within an hour from Cape Town’s CBD you will feel like you are in a different country!

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We can offer wine /vermouth /tonic /port /mezcal tastings; cellar tours; banquets; hikes; throw-downs under the maypole; live music / DJs; outdoor screenings; glamping and more. As with any event we do, this will be customised as an individual package, according to company needs and with complete exclusivity guaranteed.

If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary finale this year you have found it. Start with a e-mail to semma@aabadenhorst.com and we’ll take it from there.

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(all images from #agencydayout on instagram)

Join the club!

We’re used to setting trends, but this month we’re following one.

We are starting a Family Wine Club! Yup – join our inner circle and be the first to hear about events we host and take part in; wines we release (and don’t release further than the stoep of the old house); accommodation we open and other cards we find up our sleeves.

To join, fill out our lovely google form by clicking HERE. This will give us some more information about you before we customise our offer (to be honest, we havent quite figured it all out). BUT we are planning on hosting our first Wine Club Event on 26 August and there will be only 30 spots so JUMP <click click>.

Once you have filled out the form we will contact you with more event and club information. South Africans only for now. Jammer.

 

 

‘n Secateur is ‘n snoeiskêr…

This month we’ve been spending some time in the vineyards planting new vines for future generations of winemakers and drinkers. Winter time (and some well received rain) means we get our hands dirty outside the cellar as we put back into the soil what we take out every harvest.

Which brings me to this post, a well deserved tribute to the humble pruning shears. Oh, humble vineyard hand tool that we respect so much, we even gave it its own range of wines…

So, why the secateur?

To us the tool is a reminder of the importance of vineyard work, as it is used in some of the most critical actions such as pruning the vines and harvesting the grapes…

When we were playing around with names for our ranges (a decade ago kan jy dit glo!?) Adi considered the Afrikaans version “Snoeiskêr” but Cornelia, always the voice of reason, said it sounded too much like an Afrikaans punk rock band.

Today our range of Secateurs wines can be found all over the world and from there they also receive constant praise (non more than the ever popular Chenin Blanc though…).

So there you have it. Find you closest good wine shop and ask for a bottle of Secateurs – chances are even if they don’t have it they have heard about it.

Vineyard internships

If Samuel and Ana thought their holiday internships with the family business was over now that they are back on the farm, they would not have appreciated this morning’s wake up call.

Following the recent rains (hip hip hooray) and with the soils nice and wet, we are planting some new vineyards. Yesterday we started with Grenache and today the kids got their hands and boots dirty to help out.

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Seems Ana is the only one who didn’t get the “working man’s blue” dress code memo. Rebel that one.

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Like Adi says, “they are planting vines for their kids, no pressure…”

Once this vineyard is ticked off the list, in the next week or two we will also plant Cinsault, Palomino and some rootstock in-between, for later grafting.

Supplementing the old with the new. Cause one day what is new and young now will be old too…

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It is currently South African school holidays and Adi, Cornelia, Samuel and Ana went to relax in the Karoo. Cornelia’s mother Annette always organises good wholesome holiday activities for all the cousins.

This winter’s activities so far included pouring at a Caperitif tasting at the Prince Albert Museum, visiting the Reinett house (and the old vine) in Graaff Reinett and early morning tea amongst the agave…

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Sure beats a holiday in front of the TV, I’d say…

World of fine Chenin

Adi doesn’t usually get excited by media attention, ratings or awards…

But on Saturday morning, when we happened to run into each other outside Kooperasie Stories (a beautifully curated antique store on the road between Pniel and Franschhoek), the first thing he said (after handing me a juicebox) was “did you see that Fine Wine article on Chenin?”

So I knew this would be exciting recognition. And it is!

He was referring to the latest issue of The World of Fine Wine – which includes a rare Chenin tasting. A few of our wines (and even two accredited to us incorrectly, sorry Jasper and Keermont…) did well but it is the Secateurs results that got us smiling.

For an entry level wine, retailing under R100 (£12 / $15) to even show up on this list of impressive international wines is quite something. Never mind the 92 points or its position on the list…

As Tim James reports (like just now) “It was, though, above all, a good result for internationally rather unfashionable chenin, with 25 wines out of 37 scoring an average of 89 or more out of 100, meaning “very good” wine on the World of Fine Wine scale (the magazine is one of the more ungenerous scorers, I’d say). Fifteen wines came in the “outstanding” band of 92, 93 and 94 points – eight of them South African, seven French.”

Here are a few (bad quality) screengrabs of scans of the article.

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In other news, my gosh has it been raining in the Swartland! We received 80mm of rain in June and 56mm just this weekend (from Friday the 29th till today) and the region is finally looking lush and green – this is winter like I remember it from my childhood – and man we are loving it.

FATHER’S DAY 2018

– a poem for Adi and Charl by Judy Badenhorst.

Felicitations to fabulous, famous fathers

Fabled family both with fuzzy facial fur! No failed faculties here.

Farming, features fertilising fertile, friable fields whilst February finds them flourishing in 40C Fahrenheit fermenting and filtering & filling flagons for the faithful and foreign fans with fair fatigue.

Farmers, fly fishermen, in their forties (former fugitive from far firmly fits with family)….no fainthearted,flabby, feeble fellows these as they facilitate fantastic feasts. No finicky food for the famished fortunate as they flambé fine, flat, fleshy fish from fridge and fry fine fillets on flickering fire and freeze fruit whilst favourite, flirtatious filly flips flapjacks with flair after foraging for frogs and fronds in forest with fervour for functions.

Fledgling fowls and finches feature firmly on farm …with flying falcons

Frequent flights with family to foreign lands is favoured

Firm handed fathers fend for and fix first born boys with fists ….no FIGHTING or FARTING!

Find flamboyant, fragrant, femme fatale, flirtatious females in fashionable, floral, flimsy frocks and funkyfluffy furs frantically fixing furniture fastidiously with finesse for farmhouses.

I foresee favourable floods favouring freedom and fulfilling future with fanfare.

Thank you to my precious family. Yer loving Ma!!!

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Steen sipping season

It looks like it is Chenin season in the Northern Hemisphere, and our Secateurs seems to be amongst many people’s favourite…

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen recommendations and thumbs up from all over the north. From Temple Cellars in Singapore who made us their white of the week…

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…to Paste Online Magazine’s dashing write up about Chenin (click click – read more here) which they recon “had fallen into fuddy-duddy grandpa-wine status until fairly recently” but now it’s real hip and our Secateurs is recommended cause it is “kind of… sensual, actually. Like it’s round in all the right ways and well-defined in all the right ways”…

…and Dave McIntyre recommending it in The Washington Post as a [summer] sipping wine – Secateurs definitely has its glass half full right now.

Meanwhile winemag.com wrote a lovely piece focussing on the 2015 South African vintage saying “a fantastic 2015 vintage, have created a flood tide powerful enough to finally crash on our shore, ready to break existing expectations and create a new, well-earned reputation for South African wine as a serious contender on the world stage.” and we spotted one of our own and many of our favourite wines:

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For up to date posts about all the media we spot ourselves in, keep an eye on our Facebook Page and remember to follow us on Instagram for pretty pictures from the farm and beyond.

Swartland Heritage II

Last year the Swartland Independent Producers (or SIP) of which we are a proud member, hosted the first instalment of the Swartland Heritage Festival at the Paternoster Fish Market. Click here for some pictures from last year. 

Tickets are now on sale for version two, coming to you on the first weekend of November. Book tickets by emailing RSVP@studio-h.co.za.

Hope to see you there!