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…
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.
Appelliefie loves entertaining guests…
That’s enough for now. More pictures at another time.
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)