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Hello #oldvineday

As an official member of The Old Vine Project we’re proud to announce the inaugural Old Vine Day this year (and every year after from now on), on the 1st of August 2022, this being the founding date of the OVP in 2016.

Rosa Kruger, vineyard manager and founder of the OVP, began to catalogue old vines in 2002. Since the formal launch of the OVP six years ago, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, with close to 130 members and over 250 Certified Heritage Vineyard (CHV) wines now released each vintage.

“Old vines are a phenomenon that has captured the attention of the global wine world. Wines that are made from old vines are a tribute to the grower’s love of his or her land. They exist because of the people who touched and tended them over many years. In South Africa, producers can certify old vine vineyards and wines with the Old Vine Project (OVP).

South Africa has the advantage that our vineyard plant dates can be verified by the South African Wine Industry Information Systems (SAWIS) back to 1900. This extraordinary database has been instrumental in the existence of the OVP and its guarantee of traceability.

Members of the OVP apply for the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal for wine made from vineyards of 35 years or older, together with the planting date. This is a guarantee to the consumer of authentic wines made according to the OVP viticultural and winemaking guidelines.

The journey to document South Africa’s old vines was started in 2002 by vineyard manager, Rosa Kruger. The OVP was formalised in 2016 with seed funding from the Rupert Foundation. Today, with traction gained and awareness spreading, more wines are being launched to augment the OVP’s footprint.” – as the official project overview reads.

We’re celebrating our eldest – Raaigras Grenache (planted in 1952 – 70 this year!)

Raaigras, 12 very photogenic rows on your left hand side just as you come through the gate onto the farm.

but we proudly honour the other old blocks that we work with too

Images are screengrabs from the latest draft of our edited Single Vineyard Wines’ fact sheet – a collaboration between our team and Yehbaby Design in Paarl.

So there you have it, being over 35 doesn’t only put you in the middle age box (35-45 I mean really…) but also groups you with what is considered Heritage… Cheers!

Bottomless Coffee Band and a pizza – First Friday August 2022

You may have heard (or seen) about our First Fridays Pizza and a Show events – we host a pizza night with a cool band on the first Friday of (almost) every month. Up next is Bottomless Coffee Band, on 5 August (yes we’re skipping July, Semma’s in Ireland, Helena’s in Joburg, it’s cold and hopefully wet…)

(Bottomless Coffee Band is ) “regarded as one of South Africa’s most unique and exciting live music experiences.

According to their website: It’s hard to assign a genre to the music of the Bottomless Coffee Band. The style can be described as folk-pop. With foot stomping rhythms, hard hitting lyrics and hints of the dramatic, they are impressive to watch. “We like to refer to it as gourmet music…” 

For R350 per person you’ll get gourmet music and a gourmet pizza as well as a welcome drink (of our choice). We have a well stocked bar (and why not buy some wines at cellar door prices to take home… when in Rome Paardeberg…)

When: 5 August 2022 (doors 6pm; show 7pm)

Where: The Old House, Kalmoesfontein

To book / for more info: Helena on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com.

Winter visits with (more) perks (than usual)…

Our accommodation is pretty (and) popular, usually booked up far in advance, but we still have a few spots open for midweek winter getaways. So we’re sweetening the deal with a few special winter warmer options:

June = wine time

This June, book our two bedroom Stables or Winemaker’s Cottage midweek and get a mixed case of Secateurs Wines to enjoy in front of the fireplace. 

OR

Book our one bedroom Silo or Melkkamer for a midweek stay and we’ll throw in a bottle of our much loved Caperitif and four Swaan Cape Tonics. 

July = breakfast bonus

Book any of our accommodations for a midweek stay in July and we’ll throw in a farm breakfast, served at The Old House, every morning of your stay. 

August = soup & red wine

Come stay midweek this August and enjoy a hearty homemade soup and farm fresh bread (at a mealtime of your preference), paired with a bottle of our Family Red Blend (with the two bedroom Stables or Winemaker’s Cottage) or Secateurs Red Blend (with the one bedroom Silo or Melkkamer), on us.

*T&Cs

Midweek means check-in Mondays (14h) and check-out on Fridays (10h). Minimum two nights stay.

Deal valid on any new bookings made (for 01 June – 31 August 2022) from the date of this post.

Please book via Nightsbridge (find the link on our farm’s website kalmoesfontein.com)

Hope to see you on the farm soon!

The new singles club is here!

In April we hosted a small trade tasting to release the new vintages of our Single Vineyard wines (2021) and Kalmoesfontein Family Blends (2020).

Now these are hitting local wine lists and stores – so we’d like to tell you a bit more about them.

In terms of the Single Vineyard wines; in 2021 we made:

The Golden Slopes; Klipkop and Kelder Steen / Chenin Blancs

Sout van die Aarde Palomino;

Raaigras Grenache;

Ramnasgras and Ringmuur Cinsault;

and also Sk’windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca.

Cause not all vineyards shine every year – and if they don’t impress on their own they get blended into the Kalmoesfontein White or Red…

Read more about these on our Facebook or Instagram pages. And check out this post for place to order them online!

Pizza & a show

Here it is, our first First Fridays pizza night with a show:


Gerald Clark is back on home grounds, joined by some of the SA’s best musicians for a show that is heartfelt, soulful, stomping and loaded with years of experience playing his brand of Blues and Love Songs on stages all over the world.

R300pp gets you a pizza, a welcome drink by Huis van Chevallerie and this unique Gerald Clark show.

Cash bar, lots of fun. Only 100 tickets.

4 March 2022, pizza from 7pm, show starts at 8.

Book via Helena on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com.

Tastings during harvest time…

OK fine, we’ll do it…

Harvest time is hectic on the farm and obviously our top priority is to make wine from ripe grapes. But too many of you still want to come taste those wines, so we’ll compromise.

We (note NOT a winemaker or cellar crew member) will offer tastings twice a week during harvest.

11:30 on Wednesdays or Fridays

followed by our daily staff lunch.

At R350pp you get the tasting and whatever is on the menu that day (always meat/fish + side veg + salad + fresh farm bread + a glass of wine + coffee).

To book, contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com

Wedding season!

We’re amidst a wedding season like never before… for 18 months we postponed and delayed all weddings but now we’re cramming the rest of the year full of celebrations of love!

One of the first weddings we got to host in between COVID waves was that of Darryn & Elize in the early winter. Their lovely #holypandemony recently got featured on The Pink Book in an article full of lovely praise for our venue and staff.

We love (love!) hosting events like weddings and we still have a few (very few) weekends open in 2022, so if you ever wanted to say I DO on a wine farm, why not consider ours…

To see more about our farm as a venue, click on the venue tab above, or here–>

Here are a few pics from that featured wedding:

to book or find out more about available dates, contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com

Grenache Day 2021

Hey hey it’s Grenache Day… and since Kalmoesfontein is home to the oldest known Grenache vineyard in the land, planted in 1952(!) we usually celebrate 17 September pretending it is Raaigras’ birthday. This year the twelve long rows of Grenache Noir turns 69!

So we went looking for other cool things that happened in 1952… Like television’s first magazine-format program, the Today Show, made its debute on NBC with Dave Garroway hosting.

The Original Moulin Rouge movie hit the big screens, Patrick Swayze (may his soul dance in peace) and Jeff Goldblum (“Nice To Meet You, Mr. Dude”) were born and Capt. Vincent H. McGovern and 1st Lt. Harold W. Moore made the first transatlantic helicopter flight (July 15–31).

All good reasons to raise a glass and say a big CHEERS.