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Harvest 2020

2020 is a leap year, although we didn’t even really need the extra day in February- the grapes are 99% picked and pressed.

Down to just over 250 tons from about 280ish tons in 2019, this year’s harvest came in fast. Vineyards put their hands up to say ‘pick me now’ from early in January; there were a few crazy days in early February when temperatures peaked in the low 40s (that’s degrees Celsius) and it seemed the cold room would never be empty again.

But the vinyl kept playing; the crew kept gooiing kussies; the pomp kept klapping and the team are all smiles.

This year we once again had Keiji (aka Cage) all the way from Japan and Raynard (all the way from Malmesbury…) with new (very) local addition Tol (his father being our much featured long time employee Fortuin); first half impact player Tom (a Badenhorst) and Tom (not a Badenhorst, who has already departed to do it all again in Argentina). With Hanneke keeping on top of all the details and Adi guarding over the bigger picture, the cogs kept on turning – some days from 4am till long after the sun set, only grinding to a halt for the occasional visit from The Loadshedding Demon.

Back from left to right; Tom (not Badenhorst), Tol, Hanneke, Adi. In front; Cage and Ray

Obviously there were a few sunrise braais, many cups of good coffee and, according to the team ‘never the same lunch twice’.

In between Charl and Semma (and Judy and Mina and the team) hosted numerous lunches (and breakfasts and pizza oven experiences) and we put on another edition of Bradstock.

Bradstock, as it is known amongst fans, originated last year as a combined 40th/50th for Belinda and Andy – the jol was such a hit that they decided to do it again this year, making it a mini festival for their group of friends. Hosted over 24 hours and with two meals, three dance floors, eight musical acts, numerous outfit changes and thirty Glamping tents on the terraces – this was a party to remember (and repeat!).

Just a friendly reminder that Kalmoesfontein is not only the home of some of your favourite wines, we also provides a unique venue and location to bring your celebrations to life.

As always, be sure to follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook to see what we get up to.

From one busy season to another…

Things never really slow down on Kalmoesfontein – while the cellar and vineyard stood still for a brief moment in anticipation of harvest time, the venue kept going and hosted a few lovely weddings over the summer holiday.

From the last weekend of November with the new Mr and Mrs Liebenberg (pic by @liesieml)

to Judy and Roland’s long weekend celebration (pics by @carien_photography)

and Deborah & João’s international festival wedding (pic @marriageofficersymi)

we closed out 2019 on a roll. And got straight back into it with Rosie & Clint’s celebration on the second of Jan (pic by @ferventstories)

And wrapped up the pre-harvest season with Christian & Sebastian’s lovely intimate mid-week gathering (pics: @mareelouw_weddings | @quietriots_)

Now it is harvest time. The first grapes, from our younger vines, are starting to come in this week and the excitement is building.

Keep an eye on here and on our social media pages (@aabadenhorst on Instagram and AA Badenhorst Family Wines on Facebook) to stay in the know.

We know it is irritatingly late to say this – but happy 2020… we wish you great wines and beautiful celebrations, come visit

**Our luxury accommodation The Stables just opened up for the weekend ahead, the next available slot being only on 17 April. Contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com if you are keen for a last minute get away.

Winter wedding venue

As November starts to go downhill into December into Jingle Bells and fake snow covered Christmas trees in shop windows – we want to throw it back to a cool August 30th.

Karel and Grethe got married on the farm and we have some pictures of the venue and decor to proof it.

The cellar may be basic, as Adi himself will point out, but it makes for a pretty lovely backdrop to say “I do”.

And then there is the Paardeberg in all its magic hour glory…

For more info on our farm / cellar / old house / vineyards as a venue or (photo shoot) location, check out this page or contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com – she’ll sort you out!

Pics with credit to Liesl le Roux Photography.

Animal farm…

We recently made a list of the animals on the farm, and it is quite a long one.

Appelliefie (a massive fluffy-in-winter dog that reminds of something in Harry Potter), Sanka (the second of his name, yes Sanka the first is dead man – it’s a Cool Runnings reference that you should know) Janis Joplin (the German not very good Shepard) Jan (the Percheron) Poon (the pony) and St John & Archie (just horses…)

Also Twinkles and Molly (or Holly?) the cats; five turkeys (for now, Black Friday is coming…); LOTS of chickens (different breeds – including a family called Adi, Cornelia, Samuel & Ana!); muscovy ducks; guineafowl and peacocks (although they are wild) and Adi’s parrots (different breeds, some noisier than others).

There is something called Freda (that I haven’t met) and Choppie (I’m guessing lamb); Ted the Tortoise; what feels like hundreds of bunnies and the latest addition, a mongoose.

Appelliefie loves entertaining guests…

Jan the Magnificent

St John & Archie (or Archie & St John..?)

Sanka, harvest inspector (2019 vintage)

Unnamed bunny

That’s enough for now. More pictures at another time.

 

Single Vineyards 2018 Release

Our Single Vineyard wines are made and bottled with the express intent to respect the truth of the site. Most of these vineyards are on our farm or other slopes and valleys of the Paardeberg. We’ve been working with some for almost 9 years now and each year these vineyards show a consistansy and uniqueness that we seek out.

As Adi says “these are wines without eye-shadow…”

The one everyone is talking about (well, Tim Atkin named it his red wine discovery of the year in his 2019 South African Report… and described it as ‘delicate, ethereal and graceful’, saying, ‘it’s one of the best Cinsaults I’ve ever tasted.’) is the new kid on the block the Ringmuur Cinsault.

It’s rarer than we like our fillet, sold out from our side and most retailers, make sure to grab it if you see it anywhere.

Others returning to the line up include

– the famous Raaigras “oldest Grenache vineyard in the land” from 12 rows / 1268 vines which yields about 3 tons in a good year.

-Chenin Blancs from Dassiekop, according to Adi the “finest Chenin Blanc vineyard in South Africa”; The Golden Slopes, named after the deep yellow coloured granite in the site; Piet Bok se Steen so called after an old vigneron who lived in a tiny cottage besides the block and Klipkop – a tiny parcel planted on top of a granite outcrop in 1966.

– and just to make things a bit harder for our international agents, wines named Sk’Windjiesvlei (a Tinta Barocca planted in 1962) and Sout van die Aarde (Palomino from the West Coast just north of Dwarskersbos…)

Christian Eedes reported on (and scored) all the wines from the 2018 vintage single vineyards recently. You can read his thoughts and tasting notes here (click click).

You can buy some here.

You can read about the 2019 harvest, here.

September stories

It has been a busy month!

Adi and Hanneke were in London for New Wave,

We received a nice thumbs up from Tim Atkin (and three wines with 95+ points)

Now Hanneke and crew are getting ready to harvest in Italy (looks like a lot of carbo loading at the moment if you keep an eye on Instagram)

While Adi is in Japan, for wine work obviously- it just happens to happen alongside the Ruby World Cup (great for Samuel who went along!)

Adi, (Eben) Sadie Family Wines, (Donovan) Rall Wines, Thorne and Daughters, (Chris) Alheit Wines and Crystallum Wines bottled with these beautiful labels for the Raffi Wine Collection (RWC – see what they did there…).

Meanwhile in the Swartland the canola yellow has come and gone, the wheat is slowly turning from green to gold (go bokke!) and temperatures are starting to rise.

Our next tasting day is fully booked, but keep an eye here and on social media channels for more opportunities to come visit –

Like early in November when we’ll be in Riebeek for the SIP tasting

(Tickets on Quicket)

and Malmesbury for a Heritage lunch with a bunch of local winemakers and chefs with Swartland roots.

More info / tickets via kick.bang.omnific@gmail.com.

Lekker naweek mense!

Weekend special

We once again opened our gates and cellars to a few guests this past weekend.

With a glass of Secateurs in hand we took a stroll through some vineyards to the Caperitif cellar for a few drinks and Charl’s world class braaibroodjies.

We walked back via the cellar to The Old House for a tasting and two courses (with vegan poeding nogal) lunch.

Adi and Hanneke are off to harvest in Italy for a couple of weeks so the next opportunity to taste and eat with them is only late in a October.

Keep an eye on our blog and/or social media for more updates.

Stable image

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.