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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.

Laduuuuuma…

Laduma” (literally, “it thunders” in the Zulu language) is the unique exclamation used by South Africans to celebrate a goal scored in soccer. (source)

Today I’m using it to announce our Tim Atkin scores…

Adi doesn’t make wine for awards or scores and we never enter any competitions (actually I lie, Adi and Hanneke made a sweet wine specifically for a competition this year because the prize is The Jan Smuts Award, but that’s a whole other story, which in itself explains our approach to awards).

You will find no stars or medals stuck on our bottles and no braggy social media posts announcing scores… But, from the marketing and sales side we’re sneaking in this post because we often get asked for scores and we think our 2021 SA report card from Tim Atkin is worth a blogpost.

From 90 points for Secateurs Rosé 2021 (which has a cellar door price of R80 and got a special mention as Best Value Rosé) to THREE wines (Kelder- & Klip Kop Steen and Ringmuur Cinsault), scoring 96 points, we feel like proud parents who want to brag with their kids’ achievements, even if they roll their eyes.

So below you can see how we scored.

Casual. Have a nice weekend, drink good wine.

New Old Epic Hiking Route

This weekend we very officially opened a new hiking route that starts on the farm. The trail, an old Cape Epic route, was cut open and marked (look out for little reflective tape arrows on droppers) and our first “outsiders” walked it on a perfect spring Saturday.

Starting from The Old House with a climb up to Die Bos (where we had a quick Caperitif & Swaan stop on Saturday, but this is not included in the regular walk) and crosses over four farms (Babylons Peak, Uitkyk, Lemoenfontein and obviously Kalmoesfontein. In total it is about 5.1km and takes 2hours at a very leisurely pace.

On Uitkyk you walk through the Dassiekop vineyard, regarded by Adi as “the finest Chenin Blanc block in SA” and made into our single vineyard wine by the same name. There are epic vistas of almost the whole Swartland, from Riebeek Mountain in the west past Porseleinberg to Paarl Mountain in the east.

In spring you’ll be flanked by flowering fynbos.

Jamming with food

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.

Book to visit: 2022

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.

Main Bedroom, the Winemakers’ Cottage

Find out more (click here or via Accommodation on the menu bar) to book to avoid disappointment.

Die Melkkamer
The Silo’s outside green lounge