Tasting lunches are baaaack!

Our very popular monthly tasting lunches are finally back. We’ve missed them (I mean you) so think fast and book now to attend the first tasting lunch in over a year!

our gates and doors are open!

What: a visit to the farm, a view of the cellar, a taste of our wines with Adi and a three-course lunch by Charl and team.

When: Saturday 12 June from 12:30

Where: our home, Kalmoesfontein farm on the Paardeberg

How: mail semma@aabadenhorst.com to book a spot; at R550per person all included.

Mina & Charl are ready to cook for you.

What a retreat!

As you might know, Kalmoesfontein, the home of AA Badenhorst Family (Wines), is also a popular wedding and event venue with beautiful accommodation. We just received this video of a small wedding we hosted in December, with wine tasting and all.

This is a stunning representation of a good time on the slopes of the Partyberg.

If you don’t follow our new @kalmoesfontein account on Instagram yet, do it now! It is our lifestyle account focussing on the food, accommodation, parties and scenes from the farm while our original @aabadenhorst account will focus more on the wine side going forward.

Videographer:  Curate  @cu.rate

And in early March we will be hosting a ladies’ retreat, in conjunction with our friend and experience planner extraordinaire, Clarisse Coetzee.

Instead of holding your breath waiting for international travel to open, rather breathe out and relax at The Retreat. 

The Retreat is a rejuvenating two night, mid-week* escape to the scenic slopes of the Paardeberg. Here your body can stretch with Megan Moore**, refuel with delicious vegetarian meals and get massaged by SkinClays; while your mind can engage in meaningful conversations with life coach Gretha Cronje and your soul can revive in the splendor of doing nothing amongst the fresh air and farm sounds of our working wine farm.

Send an email to semma@aabadenhorst.com if you’d like to be one of only 12 ladies to join.

*we start Wednesday at 6pm so you can come after work.

**yoga classes will be fit for beginners.

Please note:

The farm will be closed from 18 December 2020 – 5 January 2021 as we all escape the heat and get some rest ahead of the harvest. No tastings or lunches, parties or events.

But before then, Cape Town take note, we are looking out for you this Kaapse Somer.

Buy a box of 6 Caperitif (for R930) and get 24x200ml Swaan for free.

Delivery to Cape Town and surrounds included.

Order via denise@wineadmin.co.za.

Knocking on the cellar door

On Sunday 5 December we are welcoming chefs Wesley and Juliet Randles back* onto Kalmoesfontein to cook a fantastic lunch.

The menu sounds amazing, wine will be available at cellar door prices and we would love to see you there.

For more info or to book, contact them via info@randlesandson.com
*Mr and Mrs Randles got married on the farm and this time they are returning with their son Jack. 

Kalmoesfontein, our home

Kalmoesfontein might be best known as the home of our diverse range of wines and liquor, but over the last few years it has evolved to much more than that. So we just launched a new website focussing on the farm as a venue, location and accommodation getaway.

We’re SO ready to welcome guests back to our cottages and to host events and celebrations… While, right now, no one knows when that will be possible again, it doesn’t mean we can’t dream and plot and plan.

Have a look at the wide range of events we can host (from weddings, festivals and birthdays for all ages, to corporate team buildings and educational workshops) and get in touch so we can help you to brainstorm your next [insert unique idea here].

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If getting away from the place where you’ve been locked down for months is what you are after – check out our self-catering accommodation options and make a booking to come explore the farm.

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Maybe you need a location for a film or photo shoot… or just head over to have a look and let us know what you think.

Asseblief en dankie. Hope to see you soon!

Our Venue: Die Bos

You will often hear us talk about Die Bos, a party in die bos, a walk up to die bos or swimming in die bos… If you’ve ever wondered what on earth, allow me to explain.

At the ‘top edge’ of the Kalmoesfontein property was a very big Eucalyptus plantation (very common on farms around here as the trees were planted for the long straight poles they produce as well as firewood.) Over the years we’ve slowly cut back this plantation (because they use SO MUCH water and because frankly we’d rather plant wheat, grapes or local trees) but have left a hectare or so on the very top of the hill. In the middle of this bos (Afrikaans for forest) we’ve cleared a section to plant a maypole and have a few parties.

Over the years the space has been used for weddings (both ceremonies and celebrations), outdoor cooking seminars, parties and several Oesaf Harvest celebrations. We’ve decorated it with ribbons of all colours, leaves and vines, hessian and fabric. We love getting creative and making it a unique space for every occasion.

Most recently we added a pool to it’s offering…

If you are ever looking for a special spot for a celebration or event of any kind – come check it out. It is accessible via a steep but spectacular walk up the hill (usually with a drink spot along the way) or we can arrange a fun array of ‘shuttles’ to get those who can’t make the walk up there.

For more info or to arrange a viewing, contact semma@aabadenhorst.com.

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.

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.

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.

Winter wedding vibes

This weekend we hosted a lovely wet winter wedding.

Congratulations to Neil and Nadine, we are so happy that you had such a blast.

The couple got married in front of the cellar, ate and celebrated on the stoep (made cost by curtains and heaters) and danced the night away under the tent covered dance floor.

To find out more about our venue or to enquire about hosting your event n the farm, contact semma@aabadenhorst.com