It has been a busy month!
Adi and Hanneke were in London for New Wave,
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
(Tickets on Quicket)
and Malmesbury for a Heritage lunch with a bunch of local winemakers and chefs with Swartland roots.
More info / tickets via email@example.com.
Lekker naweek mense!
We once again opened our gates and cellars to a few guests this past weekend.
With a glass of Secateurs in hand we took a stroll through some vineyards to the Caperitif cellar for a few drinks and Charl’s world class braaibroodjies.
We walked back via the cellar to The Old House for a tasting and two courses (with vegan poeding nogal) lunch.
Adi and Hanneke are off to harvest in Italy for a couple of weeks so the next opportunity to taste and eat with them is only late in a October.
Keep an eye on our blog and/or social media for more updates.
And now for something slightly different!
This week we hosted a team from Media24 for a corporate breakaway, our way.
A refreshing way to spend a few days strategizing and planning – our venue is multifaceted and even in a wet week our guests were cozy on the back porch.
And obviously Charl, Judy and Elsa cooked up some hearty meals, because workshopping can be hungry work.
A versatile venue, accommodation, meals and optional activities and creative workshops – we’ve got this!
For more info or to chat about how we can accommodate your weird and wonderful or work events, contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com.
Due to Ana & Samuel’s busy sports schedules we are aiming to kick start the July edition of our Tasting Days a little later than usual.
We will meet at the farmhouse at 15h00 for Caperitif Cocktails and Adi will then take you through to the cellar to start for a tasting starting at 15h30.
Charl will prepare two hearty homemade soups and bake his legendary sour dough breads to be served fresh from the oven to end off the afternoon.
Cost per person: R325
Semma@aabadenhorst.com to book
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)
In our own little effort some of the proceeds we make on our Papegaai range goes towards the The Wild Bird Trust’s Cape Parrot Project and we hope every bit (and everyone) can make a difference.
It is high time we all become more conscientious of the wild things we love and would like to show to future generations!
If you are anywhere near Graaff Reinet this weekend – make sure you go check out Stoep Wyn! Adi and his friends are in town and it promises to be a great experience.
Last year we found out about Stoep Wyn from David Cope (Publik Wine Bar) and decided to check it out. And Adi booked to be there again before the weekend was even over.
I already got a picture of a food menu from Adi to kickstart my FOMO. It is blurry but that is likely cause he was on the move to order everything on the menu.
The event is on today and tomorrow on the streets and stoepe of this historical town. Adi is at Klub Libertas with (amongst others) Thinus Fram Kruger and Pieter Bubbles Ferreira.
Watch out Graaff Reinet!
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.”
Read the whole thing HERE>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0796526101.
This weekend Hanneke, Charl and Semma hosted our first (mostly) monthly tasting day.
Since we are, like many Swartland wineries, open for tastings by appointment only, these are your appointment opportunities.
The day will usually include a tour of a few (close to the cellar) vineyards, the barrel rooms and a sit down wine tasting followed by lunch.
The next opportunity is on 8 June and will be hosted by Adi. Booking is essential.
Tastings and three course lunch (and Caperitif cocktails) at R600pp.
As always we have lovely accommodation available so why not make a Swartland weekend of it, there are many amazing things to do in the area and we are happy to share our ideas and tips. But is is winter and you would be doing totally fine with a book and a glass of wine in front of the fireplace too…
For bookings contact email@example.com.
For more dates and info on these tastings click here.