After a few weeks of quiet cellar preparations the first grapes have arrived.
And the winner is:
Two tons of Palomino came in from the Sout van die Aarde (Afrikaans, meaning Salt of the Earth) vineyard on the West Coast this morning!
I was too late and the boys in the cellar too busy (sticky fingers) to get a picture but I have been assured that the grapes are looking beautiful!
Meanwhile, the vintage might change but the rules stay the same:
While The Guardian proclaimed
Grenache the toughest grape in the world and Forbes put the Swartland on their l ist of the top 12 underrated wine regions to visit in 2017.
We happen to have the oldest Grenache in the Swartland on Kalmoesfontein, so be sure to (make an appointment to!!) come visit us soon (and by soon I mean AFTER the harvest.)
Here’s to a five-star 2017!
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Last year we hosted
the first ever Convivium with great success. Now we are very happy to announce that this world class local is lekker foodie event is on its way BACK>
Head over to
the event’s brand new website to check it out. This year there will be two events, a Saturday full of information and experience for industry insiders and a Sunday lunch much like 2015.
Tickets for Sunday are on sale now.
We’ve hosted brunches, dinners, tastings, weddings and parties on Kalmoesfontein – and now it is time to invite a few people over for Sunday Lunch on the farm.
A tasting of 7 of our wines (including two New Releases! and
followed by lunch on the stoep – for the first instalment we’ll be working with the Springbok Cornelia’s dad brought us!
Add some farm bread, cheese and jams, roasted seasonal veg and pudding by the ever popular Judy Badenhorst and you have yourself a meal!
32 seats only.
Our first edition will take place on 24 July. 11h00 for 11h30.
From the cellar to the lawns to the stoep of
Tickets at R350pp. Kids under 12 half price.
Book by emailing Helena on email@example.com
Update: this lunch is SOLD OUT but mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list for when we decide on a next date!
Our friends Jon came to take areal shots of the farm with is drone – that’s my home!
99% of the grapes are in for harvest 2016.
We hosted the International Food and Wine Society for a “mini revolution” complete with Adi, Andrea, Callie and Eben, Where is Callie placemats, a harvest buffet by Judy Badenhorst and an informal SIP tasting.
Caperitif also received some great publicity –
keep an eye on its website for more!
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It feels like this heatwave has been ongoing for ever. Forever I tell you. When it is still 30’C at 10pm it is hard to imagine it will ever cool down again, ever!
But, life goes on and the grapes are starting to come in. Last week our first Shiraz was picked, 22 tons of it! Meanwhile there is some good international publicity and a few nice emails from the other side of the world.
“You know that South African cinsault we tried?” he said. “I took the opened bottle to a dinner with a load of wine trade people and they went mad for it and said it was the best wine of the night. They were raving on and on about it.”
To r ead more from The Telegraph on our Ramnasgras, click here.
This morning I woke up to a very nice little note of thanks and praise from a family snowed in in Michigan, USA… hard to imagine in the dry hot Swartland summer, but nice to receive anyway:
“a little vacation in a bottle,” like!
On a side note, if you were lucky enough to get tickets to
Cape Town’s very first Gin & Tonic Festival, taking place next Saturday, keep an eye out for Swaan, we will be mixing with some exciting new local gins!
We love this story from the latest issue of Wine Enthusiast. Written by Lauren Buzzeo, photographed by
Maree Louw (on Kalmoesfontein) and styled by Cornelia Badenhorst, the article is a beautiful feature of the original revolutionaries – Eben Sadie ‘The Virtuoso’, Callie Louw ‘The Farmer’, Chris and Andrea Mullineux ‘The Dynamic Duo’ and Adi ‘The Personality’.
To read the full story online, click here.
For more about The Swartland Revolution,
visit our website.
Always something new and exciting up his sleeve – Adi and Kyle are now working on a new little project to keep them busy during the winter months.
Without saying too much and letting the cat out of the bag, just think herbal and fruit chenin based infusions, craft tonic and MORE BEER!
I even heard rumours of a budget to build a brewery.
First public tasting will be at the
Swartland Revolution this year…
Other than that, we are building new accommodation on top of the sherry cellar
and the Swartland is still stunning in winter…
Jack Parow and Valient Swart’s new song Tema van jou lied was released recently. They visited Kalmoesfontein in January to shoot some of the scenes for the video on the farm.
Can you spot views of the Swartland, Adi’s taxidermy collection and scenes on the Jakkalsfontein road? This is a beautiful production!
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Our farm cottage featured in the May issue of House and Garden magazine.
For more pictures or to book this little piece of our valley,
visit Perfect Hideaways.
Our Winemaker’s Cottage featured in an article by Nikki Werner in the March 2014 edition of Getaway Magazine.