A sneak peek at an episode of Via’s Sien, smaak, slaap (see, taste, sleep… does not have the same ring to it) shot on Kalmoesfontein and airing on the Afrikaans DSTV channel on 23 October at 17:30.
If you’ve followed our story for a while you’ll know that we take the family side of our Family Wine business pretty serious. We believe in nurturing the flock and being inspired by each other’s creativity and talents. Half the team is related by blood or wedding band – one side or another.
During lockdown Cornelia started painting a family tree on a wall in one of the bathrooms at the Old House Venue (a WIP). This comes in very handy today as I would like to introduce you to one of the youngest talents in the clan.
Introducing Jan Hendrik Hill @jan.h_photos (14), from the Coetzee branch of the tree.
Jan recently spent a few weeks locked down on the farm and used the time to work on his new hobby – photography. He took some amazing pictures with his Nikon camera.
We hope you also got to be a little creative during lock down…
You can tune in from anywhere, using the Zoom code, at 4pm Central African Time, Friday 22 May 2020.
Things never really slow down on Kalmoesfontein – while the cellar and vineyard stood still for a brief moment in anticipation of harvest time, the venue kept going and hosted a few lovely weddings over the summer holiday.
From the last weekend of November with the new Mr and Mrs Liebenberg (pic by @liesieml)
to Judy and Roland’s long weekend celebration (pics by @carien_photography)
and Deborah & João’s international festival wedding (pic @marriageofficersymi)
we closed out 2019 on a roll. And got straight back into it with Rosie & Clint’s celebration on the second of Jan (pic by @ferventstories)
And wrapped up the pre-harvest season with Christian & Sebastian’s lovely intimate mid-week gathering (pics: @mareelouw_weddings | @quietriots_)
Now it is harvest time. The first grapes, from our younger vines, are starting to come in this week and the excitement is building.
Keep an eye on here and on our social media pages (@aabadenhorst on Instagram and AA Badenhorst Family Wines on Facebook) to stay in the know.
We know it is irritatingly late to say this – but happy 2020… we wish you great wines and beautiful celebrations, come visit
**Our luxury accommodation The Stables just opened up for the weekend ahead, the next available slot being only on 17 April. Contact Semma@aabadenhorst.com if you are keen for a last minute get away.
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 & Archie (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.
That’s enough for now. More pictures at another time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.