The Winemaker’s Cottage has just been awarded a Pet Friendly Badge from Afristay…
Now we’re not ones to shout about awards, but this one seems apt as we recently made a list of the animals on the farm, and it is quite a long one.
Appelliefie (a massive fluffy-in-winter dog that reminds of something in Harry Potter), Sanka (the second of his name, yes Sanka the first is dead man – it’s a Cool Runnings reference that you should know) Janis Joplin (the German not very good Shepard) Jan (the Percheron) Poon (the pony) and St John & Oggie (just horses…)
Also Twinkles and Molly (or Holly?) the cats; five turkeys (for now, Black Friday is coming…); LOTS of chickens (different breeds – including a family called Adi, Cornelia, Samuel & Ana!); muscovy ducks; guineafowl and peacocks (although they are wild) and Adi’s parrots (different breeds, some noisier than others).
There is something called Freda (that I haven’t met) and Choppie (I’m guessing lamb); Ted the Tortoise; what feels like hundreds of bunnies and the latest addition, a mongoose.
Appelliefie loves entertaining guests…
That’s enough for now. More pictures at another time.
But yes, we are pet friendly so bring your (insert animal here) when you come stay.
We received a nice thumbs up from Tim Atkin (and three wines with 95+ points)
Now Hanneke and crew are getting ready to harvest in Italy (looks like a lot of carbo loading at the moment if you keep an eye on Instagram)
While Adi is in Japan, for wine work obviously- it just happens to happen alongside the Ruby World Cup (great for Samuel who went along!)
Adi, (Eben) Sadie Family Wines, (Donovan) Rall Wines, Thorne and Daughters, (Chris) Alheit Wines and Crystallum Wines bottled with these beautiful labels for the Raffi Wine Collection (RWC – see what they did there…).
Meanwhile in the Swartland the canola yellow has come and gone, the wheat is slowly turning from green to gold (go bokke!) and temperatures are starting to rise.
Our next tasting day is fully booked, but keep an eye here and on social media channels for more opportunities to come visit –
Like early in November when we’ll be in Riebeek for the SIP tasting
Today we welcome the latest addition to the Badenhorst Single Vineyard Family, the 2018 Ringmuur Cinsault. Another name for international buyers and drinkers to try pronounce, Ringmuur (littereally ring wall) refers to the wall around the vineyard, in front of the cellar.
We already spotted Tim Atkin on Instagram claiming it to be “the best example of the grape I’ve tasted from the Cape”. Good start I’d say.
It is not all moonshine and grapes… Some days it sadly seems we are living in a time of extinction- too often we hear of another endangered species and this week National Geographic looks at one very close to our hearts.
Mentioned in a recent article on their website, Christine Dell’Amore says “The widespread loss of these native trees (Yellowwoods) has had dire consequences for South Africa’s only native parrot, the Cape parrot, which relies on yellowwoods for food and nesting cavities. An often-fatal virus called psittacine beak and feather disease has also taken a toll.”
You can read the full article (click here) which also features a link to a more positive story “Efforts Underway To Save Endemic Cape Parrot” (Click Click)
We’re often featured in articles and blog posts but it has been a while since we shared some of those on our blog. So, if you wanted to read about AA Badenhorst Family Wines from outside, unbiased sources, here are a few we have stumbled upon online recently.
Firstly – if you are in Wellington New Zealand on Tuesday next week (28t May) you should try visit Noble Rot Wine Bar. The will be sharing knowledge, great food and a very interesting selection of South African wines on the night.
We also got wind of a lovely article by Tom Cannavan’s Wine Pages, following his recent visit to the Cape winelands. The article, part two of a series, is entitled Beyond the Vegabonds and includes a little mention of our winery.
“One of the original vagabonds, Adi Badenhorst may have his own winery in Swartland, plenty of fruit from his own vineyards, and some fairly large volume wines, but in terms of spirit and ethos, this free-wheeling force of nature still has vagabond running through his veins.”
He lists a nice bunch of people – you can read the full article by clicking HERE>
And then there is this lovely post by Winevineblog who recently stayed on the farm and went through a tasting with Hanneke. I love the intro:
“You can usually hear the Kalmoesfontein winery before you can see it. Blasting out an eclectic mix of rock and pop that echoes around the Pardeberg mountains. As the “Rules” state on a white board at the entrance to the cellar, ‘Remember to change the record’ and while this refers to a stack of 12 inch LPs of varying age that lie next to a turntable, the instruction could be taken as a company motto. For Adi Badenhost, of AA Badenhorst wineries, has changed the record.”
Every season is special on the farm, as the weather and colours change – but winter is my favourite. The views are lush with green wheat fields and bright blocks of canola; the mountains a deep blue, capped by white snow peaks and you can curl up in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and good company (or a book!).
But why take my word for it, come experience it for yourself. This winter we are offering some specials on our accommodation options.
Bring the kids to the farm this school holidays and enjoy a 30% discount on mid-week stays. There is plenty of space to run around, zip lines, go-carts, mud, rabbits, chickens, fresh air and freedom… and some wine for the adults…
Weekend Stay special – book 2 nights and get 3rd consecutive night at 50% off. Offer Valid 01 June to 30 September.
And on the weekend of the 8th of June we have a Tasting Day with Adi – the Silo is still available.
For more info or to book, contact email@example.com or on 0796526101.