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Swartland Heritage Celebration

It is true, come November there will once again be a unique regional wine experience to attend. Like at the very successful Swartland Revolution of the past the Swartland Independent Producers want to share the good food, stunning scenery and diverse (award winning) wine of the region with fans and friends. This time in the scenic West Coast town of Paternoster!


That’s right. International speakers, masterclasses, talks, tastings and music. And what the poster doesn’t tell you is that renowned local chef Bertus Basson has been confirmed as the weekend’s chef. Snacks, dinner, lunch…

For more info on the event and to buy tickets head over the the SIP website.

For more info on Bertus and his ventures, click here.

Please order tickets by emailing RSVP@studio-h.co.za – Book now, you will not be disappointed.


We might not be the kind of winery that (takes time to) stick medals and awards on our wines or hang certificates on our walls (too much taxidermy and too many Tintin posters to put up!) but it is kind of nice to hear what experts think of our wines.

Experts like James Molesworth from the Wine Spectator. And so it was rather lekker to get these two ratings / write ups via our US distributors, in our inboxes last night.

Brightly defined, with delicious quince, persimmon and green almond notes forming a core that is threaded with quinine and white ginger details. A light touch of toast on the finish lets the fruit and minerality play out. Drink now through 2019. 15,000 cases made.

 White peach, yellow apple, heather and verbena notes are still tightly coiled at the core, while makrut lime and racy chamomile hints streak through the finish. This has purity and depth, and should unwind well in the cellar. Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Verdelho, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, Sémillon, Marsanne and Palomino. Best from 2018 through 2022. 500 cases made.



Look and Like

We’re on Instagram (when the wifi works or the cellphone has reception, or that rare, magical moment when both collide) so keep an eye on @kalmoesfontein for lekker pictures of grapes, dogs, kids, wine, visitors, weddings, vineyards, sunsets, sunrises, events, shoots, features, chickens, braais and other random things happening on our little spot on the Paardeberg.

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And we’re off!


After a few weeks of quiet cellar preparations the first grapes have arrived.


And the winner is:


Two tons of Palomino came in from the Sout van die Aarde (Afrikaans, meaning Salt of the Earth) vineyard on the West Coast this morning!

I was too late and the boys in the cellar too busy (sticky fingers) to get a picture but I have been assured that the grapes are looking beautiful!

Meanwhile, the vintage might change but the rules stay the same:


While The Guardian proclaimed Grenache the toughest grape in the world and Forbes put the Swartland on their list of the top 12 underrated wine regions to visit in 2017.

We happen to have the oldest Grenache in the Swartland on Kalmoesfontein, so be sure to (make an appointment to!!) come visit us soon (and by soon I mean AFTER the harvest.)


Here’s to a five-star 2017!


Now that is what I call a good weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday we hosted the second edition of Convivium – a movement in food. Conceptualised by Andy Fenner (Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants) and Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) the event saw it’s first installment on Kalmoesfontein last year in February. This year, with the help of foodie event specialists Studio H and the support of many top producers and growers, the weekend totally blew us away.


On Saturday we served

  • breakfast – prepared by Collete Robert (The General Store) in the veggie garden
  • lunch by Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) & Jess Grant (The Table) in Die Bos
  • and dinner by PJ Vadas (Hoghouse) & Ash Heeger (ASH) at the Old House

to 70 chefs and industry insiders. These guests also had the opportunity to listen to some incredibly inspiring talks by some very passionate and intriguing humans.

Find out more about who they were and what they talked about – here.

On Sunday we served up a lunch like no other for the almost 150 lucky guests. With chefs like Wesley, Ash, Karen Dudley (The Kitchen), Jason Lilley (Jason’s Bakery), Emma Hofmans (Halleluyah) and Angelo Scirocco (Urbanology) – to name only a few, click here for a more complete list – cooking on open fires, under ground, with veggies from the garden and eggs from the chickens it was a treat from first bite to last lick of the plate.

It is a hard thing to put into words what we took away from all the stories and talks about responsibilities outside the kitchen and restaurant, the many angles of ethical and sustainable ‘from farm to table’ supply chains, networking tips and so much more.

I guess you had to be there…


Pictures from Instagram, search #convivium2016.


Find out more at www.conviviumtable.co.za and keep an eye out on this blog for more pictures, coming soon.