Hats off to a new Côte

The Yorkshire Post has published a lovely article on the Swartland. With focus on last year’s revolution – and particularly the tasting by Stephane Ogier of the Northern Rhone, Christine Austin tells the story of a wine region that is fast becoming world class.


The reason for Stéphane’s presence in South Africa that day is because Swartland shares many of the characteristics that create some of the Rhône’s finest wines. The soil is complex with granite, clay, slate and river shale creating individual pockets for different varieties; the climate is hot during the day but a cooling breeze spreads over the region in the afternoon; and there is enough distance between the Swartland and the manicured vineyards of Stellenbosch to feel that this is the pioneering, Wild West of wine growing.”


She also focusses on Eben and Adi’s journeys to the Swartland and rates some of their wines, including our “fresh-tasting complex, pepper and aniseed Badenhorst Family Red 2007, which is on its way to becoming one of South Africa’s great wines.”

Read the full article here

Revving up for another Revolution…

We are once again in full swing planning the Swartland Revolution. After the overwhelming success of the inaugural Revolution, this year promises to be bigger and better.


With 250 tickets available there will not only be more guests, but more tastings and more goodies and fun entertainment awaits you, come 11/11/11.


This year’s tastings (three, compared to two last year) includes a Friday afternoon tasting by Olivier Clape presenting six of his world class French wines. On Saturday there will be a tasting of eight wines from the local Mullineux Cellar as well as a tasting with wine journalist Jamie Goode (all the way from London) and Michael Fridjhon, a revolution favourite. They will treat us to four of their favourite wines each.


As they say, dont fix it if it aint broken; so celeb chef Reuben Riffel will once again be in charge of the braai tongs on Friday night while local hero Mynardt Joubert and the team at Bar Bar Black Sheep will have to pull out all the stops to top their Festival Feast from 2010 for lunch on Saturday.


And finally, a new poster has arrived… 



For the entire programme of events, click here!


Hope to see you in the Swartland in November!



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 www.dierok.co.za.


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.


Costs:
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.
cell: 079.34.10.692
tel:   022.44.81.478

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 www.theswartlandrevolution.com 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.