Harvest Lunch

In the past we’ve been very serious about the “no nothing during harvest” rule. You may have even been on the receiving end of a “no-sorry/are-you-mad? never-in-harvest!” mail…

But that was back in the day when the team was tight and the person doing the tasting would have also been the person braaiing the meat and switching on the pump.

Now we are growing up fast. Early this year Adi’s brother Charl and his lovely wife Semma joined us in the Swartland, and with their wealth of experience in client relations and playing host they have added a new dimension to what we can offer.

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So, this February we hosted a few lunches for international groups. Adi’s mom Judy cooks, Semma and Charl hosts and helps prepare food, Cornelia makes everything look amazing and I just have to put out tasting glasses and spittoons while Adi only has to make a quick appearance, tell a joke and pour some wine.


Basically what this post is saying is: You don’t have to be scared to ask us to host a group of people in harvest time any more!

Mail Semma on aabadenhorst.stay@gmail.com and you might just be in luck.

Groups of 10 – 30 preferred. aalunch3

Warning: long blog post…

On Saturday we had our first “formal” sit down trade tasting on Kalmoesfontein.

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When Adi proposed the event about 6 weeks ago he was adamant that we’d be going very formal – guests (all from the Western Cape trade, and that one journalist we always like to have around) would sit down to taste the latest vintages of our regular offering and new single vineyard releases as well some of those cards Adi always has up his sleeve (when he wears them).

Afterwards we would enjoy a casual Swartland lunch. I was going to send out postcards with Save the Dates – an idea that got me very excited, I even started writing the 70 cards only to realise that logistically there was no way we would establish a guest list, get postal addresses and trust the South African Postal Service to get the Save The Dates to people before it was actually too late for them to save the date… Alas, sales reps, family and wine agents started pulling together an invite list and eventually we go a lovely group of about 30 people together to share a relaxed day on the farm with us.

By the time the final reminder email went out Adi’s comms to me was that the day would be “very casual”… and I think what we achieved this weekend was the perfect Kalmoesfontein middleground.

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Upon arrival we served an unlabelled and very unassuming “bubbly I’m making with my French friend Vincent Careme” and arguably the braaibroodjies of the year. Adi’s mother Judy was prepping lunch in the kitchen and the vinyl player filled the air with some folk reggae vibes.

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Eventually everyone moved to the back stoep to sit down at a tasting sheet with a line up of 8 wines. Adi introduced each wine briefly talking terroir and cellar methods in his own unique way.

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After the tasting a buffet harvest table style lunch of

braaied peri-peri // lemon and herb chickens (free range from a neighbour obviously)

more of those braaibroodjies (plaas brood with tomato, cheese and onion)

green salad (from the farm’s garden) and Judy’s famous Salsa Verde

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was served in the kitchen.

There was desert too. And some sample tasters of Adi’s latest ventures; ‘Century Spirit’ – 100% Graaff Reinet Agave and ‘Spirit of the Cape’ – distilled Caperitif.

By the time I left Adi and a few reps, agents and ‘last guests standing’ were sitting around with all the open bottles of wine… and I can only imagine that scene persisted late into the afternoon.


If you joined us, thank you for making the journey to the Partyberg. We hope you had a lovely day. If you couldn’t make it, let’s hope we can get our postcards out way early next time – send a pigeon with your postal address, please.


Tasting sheet designed by Ronelle at YehBaby.

Pictures 3 and 5 by Johan from getwine.

Other pictures by ‘Marketing and Web Stuff Cousin’ Helena.

Friday things

Never a dull moment on the Partyberg. It is Friday and there are lots of things happening on Kalmoesfontein.

The flowers are in bloom,

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new wines are going into bottle,

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and we’re prepping for a trade tasting (and lunch) tomorrow.

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Meanwhile Greg Sherwood (MW!) posted nice things about the 2015 Raaigras Grenache, and I quote:
“This must be one of South Africa’s best Grenache reds. Coming from old vines planted on Adi Badenhorst’s farm on the decomposed granite hills of the Paardeberg, Swartland in 1951, this wine shows such Grenache purity, power and authenticity.”


and our Chenin is included in a tasting line up, in Stellenbosch (of all places).

Happy Friday indeed! Cheers.

Good report cards

The Tim Atkin SA Report 2017 is out and we got a table of wines on the 90+ list!

Say’s Tim: “Both at home and overseas, there is a growing awareness of the winemaking and viticultural revolution that is unfolding in the Cape. Consumers worldwide are becoming increasingly passionate about South African wines. And not before time! My annual report is, I hope, a part of that success.”

It sure is Tim!

Our school report reads as follows:

Tim Atkin Report 2017

Not too shabby hey Nige.

Convivium is coming!

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.



Sunday Lunch (update SOLD OUT)

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 Caperitif).

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 Kalmoesfontein.


Tickets at R350pp. Kids under 12 half price.

Book by emailing Helena on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com


Update: this lunch is SOLD OUT but mail aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com to get on the mailing list for when we decide on a next date!

DPBC Artisan Night

Our friends at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company have invited us to pair some wine with food prepared by The Taproom’s in-house chef David Walker at their monthly Artisan Night.

Welcome drinks, canapes and a fantastic three course menu specially created with the flavour of each wine in mind (trust us, we tasted all the options!). Add in some chirps from Adi and you have yourself a good night out.


Date: Thursday 23 June 2016
Price: R280 per person
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Place: The Taproom, DPBC, 95 Durham Ave, 1st Floor PALS Building, Salt River, Cape Town.

Tickets: Quicket http://bit.ly/25waR5C
Please let us know if you are a vegetarian. Karen@devilspeakbrewing.co.za

Tickets are limited so don’t miss out.

We hope to see you there!

The Revolution was photographed

Maree once again took some stunning pictures at the Swartland Revolution this year. Here are a few of our favourites, lots more on her blog.

There is a nice summery of the weekend on The Swartland Revolution’s site. Have a look. 

Meanwhile, our Family Red 2009 is number 93 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines for 2013. Not too shabby…