Wedding season!

We’re amidst a wedding season like never before… for 18 months we postponed and delayed all weddings but now we’re cramming the rest of the year full of celebrations of love!

One of the first weddings we got to host in between COVID waves was that of Darryn & Elize in the early winter. Their lovely #holypandemony recently got featured on The Pink Book in an article full of lovely praise for our venue and staff.

We love (love!) hosting events like weddings and we still have a few (very few) weekends open in 2022, so if you ever wanted to say I DO on a wine farm, why not consider ours…

To see more about our farm as a venue, click on the venue tab above, or here–>

Here are a few pics from that featured wedding:

to book or find out more about available dates, contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com

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.

What a weekend!

We are sharing some of our favourite things to do in and around the Swartland again, since some of the businesses and restaurants originally suggested have sadly closed down.

Spending a weekend (or any few days) in the region can really relieve you of the stresses of the city. There is no traffic (unless you encounter a herd of sheep crossing a dirt road), the ratio of shining retail window display to real things made by locals are in your favour and the landscapes are wide open and unobstructed.

So, if you are planning to stay in our accommodation (or others in the area) here are a few of the things we like to do within 30mins drive of the farm.

Hiking:

So many options; you can start on the farm and walk into the Paardeberg (ask Semma); drive to the Riebeek Mountain and take the newly reopened route from Pulpit Rock or take a super easy walk up the granite hill outside Malmesbury (see slideshow below).

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Alternatively drive through Wellington and into Bain’s Kloof Pass (gorgeous views of everything the light touches) and stop off to sit next to the river (ask Helena for tips). For all of these we can provide guides on request and at a small fee.

Most of these routes are also mountain bike friendly!

Shopping and eating like a local:

On your way to Bain’s Kloof you will pass our favourite leather shop. Redemption Leather is a local factory / shop where you can buy hand made shoes, bags, belts and so much more. Worth a visit.

For farm fresh food you have plenty of options… as you should in the country side.

In Riebeek you can get great produce at The Biggest Little Market (previously Crisp) opposite Beans about Coffee (yes, another coffee is a great idea!) and something to braai straight from Delico Meat, a farmstyle family butchery.

The Biggest Little Market produce

For cocktails and Asain inspired food try The Alchemist, definitely buy wine at The Wine Kollective (the only wineshop in the world that stocks alllll the Swartland gems) and check out art at the various galleries.

In Malmesbury you should get your coffee at Koffie (and see what the owner baked that morning) and grab some lunch in the garden at Granny Jeans. Peaberry Cafe and Cherry Lane are also both nice stops for light meals, coffee and local baked goods.

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Wine (and other) tastings:

Most small producers are only open by appointment (like us) so make sure to enquire in advance.  Check out the Swartland Wine and Olive Route’s site or that of Riebeek Valley Tourism for details on cellars that have open doors and active tasting rooms.

After harvest we hope to once again set aside a few dates for tasting days on the farm so try coming out on those weekends! And we have started to put together a sort of “menu of experiences” that friends and neighbours can offer so ask Semma about that when you book and get the most out of a weekend in die platteland.

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And if you want to visit some local nurseries, both the Malmesbury Kwekery (on Reservoir street) and the Riebeek Valley Garden Center in Riebeek West come highly recommended.

Enjoy your visit to the Swartland!

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. 

Officially authentic

We are proud to share that we are now an award-winning authentic South African experience!

Charl, Mina and the team were honoured by The Wine and Food Tourism Conference with the honour of The VINPRO Authentic South African Experience Award 2020.

“This award acknowledges original initiatives that create authentic South African experiences in which individuals can fully immerse themselves, and at the same time promote our cultural heritage through food and wine.”

To find out more about booking a food and wine experience on the farm, click here.

Farm retreat your self

It has been such a pleasure being able to welcome guests back to the cottages on the farm and judging by our recent reviews, the feeling is mutual.

Kalmoesfontein provides a very relaxing setting, much needed in these crazy days – to take that to the next level and offer a truly reviving weekend away we have partnered with the [w]holistic mobile treatment company.

Always keen to keep things in the family, this mobile beauty salon is run by one of our cousins, Jana. They keep everything covid-safe and sound, have a look at their treatment menu and contact them directly should you be interested.  

Combine any of their menu items with your stay on the farm (or bring some close friends – book six of the same treatments and only pay for five).

for more information on our accommodation, click here.

to book, contact semma@aabadenhorst.com

We’re open for business (travel)

Hello Level Three – regardless of the confusion surrounding the levels of lockdown amidst the ongoing Covid-19 2020 chaos, one thing we do know is that our accommodation is back in business, for business travel.

As per our previous post we can receive Essential Service workers and now also people travelling to our area for business.

The Winemaker’s Cottage; The Stables or The Silo, we’ve got space, views, fresh air and much more waiting for you. Click here to view more details about our accommodation options.

We’re taking extra care with cleaning routines and allowing 24hrs between guests. Read all about it in the Covid-19 update post or feel free to chat to Semma if you have any questions.

semma@aabadenhorst.com

We look forward to seeing you!

COVID-19 Update: A Message to our Guests

COVID-19 Notice from our Venue team:

We are certified to provide accommodation for all Essential Services workers during the Covid-19 lockdown.

For many of us, our way of life has changed dramatically over the past few months as we continue to face the challenges that COVID-19 brings. We feel so incredibly lucky to live where do during lockdown – still retaining the freedom to be outdoors, in nature, in our own backyard. Daily farm life continues, albeit at a slower pace than before, and our local wildlife have taken the place of our human visitors in this time (leopard, porcupine, brown and cape grey mongoose visiting regularly as you may have seen in our previous post!)

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Our self-catering farm cottages are uniquely positioned to offer the perfect isolation retreat while providing you with the space to exercise freely and reconnect with nature.

Our staff have been informed and educated on measures to prevent contamination and spread of the virus.

We have implemented strict hygiene measures as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Department of Health.

Our cottages will be well ventilated, deep cleaned and sanitized with a minimum of 24 hours between each booking.

Surface and hand sanitizers are made available for you to use during your stay.

Although we will not be offering daily servicing of the cottages during this time, should you not feel like cooking, a selection of farm cooked meals can be requested.

Booking requirements: Please note that we will require a copy of your Essential Services Certificate, Permit  and ID document when making a reservation, as instructed by the Dept of Tourism.

Kindly email or Whatsapp Semma on semma@aabadenhorst.com  or 0796526101.

We hope things will return to some version of normal soon and look forward to welcoming guests once again, we miss you…

In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy!

Warm regards,

Semma, Charl and the AA Badenhorst team.

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.