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.
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.
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)
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.
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.”
Every season is special on the farm, as the weather and colours change – but winter is my favourite. The views are lush with green wheat fields and bright blocks of canola; the mountains a deep blue, capped by white snow peaks and you can curl up in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and good company (or a book!).
But why take my word for it, come experience it for yourself. This winter we are offering some specials on our accommodation options.
Bring the kids to the farm this school holidays and enjoy a 30% discount on mid-week stays. There is plenty of space to run around, zip lines, go-carts, mud, rabbits, chickens, fresh air and freedom… and some wine for the adults…
Weekend Stay special – book 2 nights and get 3rd consecutive night at 50% off. Offer Valid 01 June to 30 September.
And on the weekend of the 8th of June we have a Tasting Day with Adi – the Silo is still available.
For more info or to book, contact email@example.com or on 0796526101.
The day will usually include a tour of a few (close to the cellar) vineyards, the barrel rooms and a sit down wine tasting followed by lunch.
The next opportunity is on 8 June and will be hosted by Adi. Booking is essential.
Tastings and three course lunch (and Caperitif cocktails) at R600pp.
As always we have lovely accommodation available so why not make a Swartland weekend of it, there are many amazing things to do in the area and we are happy to share our ideas and tips. But is is winter and you would be doing totally fine with a book and a glass of wine in front of the fireplace too…
For bookings contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more dates and info on these tastings click here.