Wine Revolutionaries

Bloomberg writer Elin McCoy recently visited the Swartland. She spent time with neighbour, friend and fellow revolutionary Eben Sadie in his cellar, enjoyed a sundowner at the top of the Babylon’s Peak with neighbour Stephan Basson and ended her near perfect day with a braai with us on Kalmoesfontein.

Read her adventure and thoughts on the Swartland here.

Farm Fashion

Elle Magazine’s Fashion Director Chris Viljoen has started his own Afrikaans Fashion Blog

Cornelia (Badenhorst, mother and wife extraordinaire) features in his first “closet dilemma” as she tries to find the balance between Mom on a school-run; keeping the builders on their toes; picking veggies in the garden and playing host to various journalists or agents who pop in for lunch with Adi… all in the 40’C Swartland summer… 

Read the whole story here. 

Shuttle service from Cpt International

Visitors rejoice! 
There is now a dedicated shuttle service between Cape Town International and Malmesbury / The Riebeek Valley. 

Visiting our wonderful winelands just got easier.
The drive is about 97km and will take up to 1hr 20 mins.

1 person = R600
2 people = R700
3 people = R800

For this shuttle service, contact Stephen van Schalkwyk

Just give him notice about two days in advance.

The raise of the Swartland…

This nice article by Anton Espost of Riebeek Kasteel’s The Wine Kollective in the 2011 edition of In Swartland Magazine takes a look at how the Swartland has grown and developed in recent years, especially due to ‘young’ winemakers moving into the area.

This is a fun read that gives you a really nice feel for what the Swartland is all about. Enjoy.

For more from all of these guys and the Swartland keep an eye on and follow the revolution on twitter @swartlandrev

Adi, a "Wine Personality of the year"

Adi is another award richer, this time it is Neil Pendock’s Top Ten Personalities for 2010 award…

Adi shares this honour with nine other interesting local gentlemen (sadly, no ladies on the list), among others James Pietersen from Belthazar restaurant; retired KWV chairman Danie de Wet; Sandton restaurateur Alan Pick and Bartho Eksteen, Diners Club Winemaker of the Year.

How did Pendock make his decision? “when compiling a Top Ten Personalities for 2010, quotes are an obvious criterion…” and that is how Adi made the list: 

Swartland winemaker Adi Badenhorst watching a table tennis match at &Union last week: “so this is what Capetonians do on Saturdays. In Malmesbury, everyone is working on their cars.”

Read the entire article, here.