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Finally, some professional pictures of the latest accommodation offering on the farm.

The Stables cottage is secluded behind the cellar. Two shaded outside areas are great for dining and relaxing.

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Soon the veggie garden in the courtyard will be ripe for your picking;Stables-garden-2

the kitchen is fully equipped with modern fittings;Stables-kitchen-1

some herbs and farm fresh eggs and daily baked bread available;Stables-kitchen-4Stables-lounge-1

the master bedroom has a king size bed with luxurious bedding;Stables-main-bedroom-1

the second bedroom has two twin beds (which can also be set as a king!);Stables-Twin-Bedroom-2

each room has an identical bathroom (plants may differ!) Stables-main-bathroom-1

and in summer there is a perfect little splash pool with lovely views of the valley. The-Stables-pool

2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | fireplace | aircon | wifi | farm dam / pool

for more info, to view the other options for accommodation or to book, click click. 

Pictures by Lana Lou.

Another opportunity to visit us!

Our next monthly tasting lunch will take place on 24 August – your chance to see the lush winter landscape of the Swartland and explore all that Kalmoesfontein offers.

The day includes a tour of the cellar, a wine tasting, an introduction to our Agave Spirit, Caperitif and Swaan Cape Tonic as well as a 3 course farm lunch.

We start at 11:30 and it costs R500pp.

This takes place the day before Ayama (just on the south side of the Paardeberg) hosts their annual Artichoke Festival,

and on Friday night we’re playing some vinyls while making some of the famous Kalmoesfontein pizzas in our wood fire oven (2pizzas + a bottle of superlative vintage Secateurs for R300 limited to 30pax)… so why not make a weekend of it and come see what the platteland has to offer.

Unfortunately our accommodation is already fully booked, but to book for Friday or Saturday’s offerings contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com.

Going corporate(-ish)

And now for something slightly different!

This week we hosted a team from Media24 for a corporate breakaway, our way.

A refreshing way to spend a few days strategizing and planning – our venue is multifaceted and even in a wet week our guests were cozy on the back porch.

And obviously Charl, Judy and Elsa cooked up some hearty meals, because workshopping can be hungry work.

A versatile venue, accommodation, meals and optional activities and creative workshops – we’ve got this!

For more info or to chat about how we can accommodate your weird and wonderful or work events, contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com.

Tasting day 27 July

Due to Ana & Samuel’s busy sports schedules we are aiming to kick start the July edition of our Tasting Days a little later than usual.

We will meet at the farmhouse at 15h00 for Caperitif Cocktails and Adi will then take you through to the cellar to start for a tasting starting at 15h30.

Charl will prepare two hearty homemade soups and bake his legendary sour dough breads to be served fresh from the oven to end off the afternoon.

Cost per person: R325

Semma@aabadenhorst.com to book

Winter wedding vibes

This weekend we hosted a lovely wet winter wedding.

Congratulations to Neil and Nadine, we are so happy that you had such a blast.

The couple got married in front of the cellar, ate and celebrated on the stoep (made cost by curtains and heaters) and danced the night away under the tent covered dance floor.

To find out more about our venue or to enquire about hosting your event n the farm, contact semma@aabadenhorst.com

Welcome to the family…

Today we welcome the latest addition to the Badenhorst Single Vineyard Family, the 2018 Ringmuur Cinsault. Another name for international buyers and drinkers to try pronounce, Ringmuur (littereally ring wall) refers to the wall around the vineyard, in front of the cellar.

We already spotted Tim Atkin on Instagram claiming it to be “the best example of the grape I’ve tasted from the Cape”. Good start I’d say.

What a weekend!

We thought it would be nice to share some of our favourite things to do in and around the Swartland. Spending a weekend (or any few days) in the region can really relieve you of the stresses of the city. I mean there is no traffic, the few taxis in the towns are driven by polite law abiding citizens, 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 spend a few days in our (or any other local) accommodation (note, ours is the most instagram worthy and my gosh that linen!) here are a few of the things we like to do within 30mins drive of the farm.

Hiking:

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).

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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 my 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. I should go back but the boots I bought in 2016 are still going strong!

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.

The Biggest Little Market produce

For meals we always recommend Mama Cucina (great specials on the blackboards but the Sophia Loren pizza never fails) and make sure to look into King Olaf Furniture across the road. We also like drinking cocktails at The Alchemist, buying wine at The Wine Kollective and checking out art at the various galleries.

In Malmesbury you should stop at The Swartland Street Market where the Bill&Co Deli and Wine Shop stock all things local and Marvel Bistro and Bakery prepare good food daily. There is also a lovely urban food garden, created by Buurtvrug, and lots of space for city kids to stretch their legs. They have monthly winetasting dinners, market days and more.

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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.

We’ve set aside a few dates for tasting days on the farm (click click) 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.

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Ok, this post is getting long. I will do a follow up story with nurseries, horse riding, local festivals and other things, soon.

It is not all moonshine and grapes… Some days it sadly seems we are living in a time of extinction- too often we hear of another endangered species and this week National Geographic looks at one very close to our hearts.

Mentioned in a recent article on their website, Christine Dell’Amore says “The widespread loss of these native trees (Yellowwoods) has had dire consequences for South Africa’s only native parrot, the Cape parrot, which relies on yellowwoods for food and nesting cavities. An often-fatal virus called psittacine beak and feather disease has also taken a toll.”

You can read the full article (click here) which also features a link to a more positive story “Efforts Underway To Save Endemic Cape Parrot” (Click Click)

In our own little effort some of the proceeds we make on our Papegaai range goes towards the The Wild Bird Trust’s Cape Parrot Project  and we hope every bit (and everyone) can make a difference.

It is high time we all become more conscientious of the wild things we love and would like to show to future generations!

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>