Look and Like

We’re on Instagram (when the wifi works or the cellphone has reception, or that rare, magical moment when both collide) so keep an eye on @kalmoesfontein for lekker pictures of grapes, dogs, kids, wine, visitors, weddings, vineyards, sunsets, sunrises, events, shoots, features, chickens, braais and other random things happening on our little spot on the Paardeberg.

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And we’re off!

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After a few weeks of quiet cellar preparations the first grapes have arrived.

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And the winner is:

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Two tons of Palomino came in from the Sout van die Aarde (Afrikaans, meaning Salt of the Earth) vineyard on the West Coast this morning!

I was too late and the boys in the cellar too busy (sticky fingers) to get a picture but I have been assured that the grapes are looking beautiful!

Meanwhile, the vintage might change but the rules stay the same:

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While The Guardian proclaimed Grenache the toughest grape in the world and Forbes put the Swartland on their list of the top 12 underrated wine regions to visit in 2017.

We happen to have the oldest Grenache in the Swartland on Kalmoesfontein, so be sure to (make an appointment to!!) come visit us soon (and by soon I mean AFTER the harvest.)

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Here’s to a five-star 2017!

#convivium2016

Now that is what I call a good weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday we hosted the second edition of Convivium – a movement in food. Conceptualised by Andy Fenner (Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants) and Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) the event saw it’s first installment on Kalmoesfontein last year in February. This year, with the help of foodie event specialists Studio H and the support of many top producers and growers, the weekend totally blew us away.

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On Saturday we served

  • breakfast – prepared by Collete Robert (The General Store) in the veggie garden
  • lunch by Wesley Randles (The Shortmarket Club) & Jess Grant (The Table) in Die Bos
  • and dinner by PJ Vadas (Hoghouse) & Ash Heeger (ASH) at the Old House

to 70 chefs and industry insiders. These guests also had the opportunity to listen to some incredibly inspiring talks by some very passionate and intriguing humans.

Find out more about who they were and what they talked about – here.

On Sunday we served up a lunch like no other for the almost 150 lucky guests. With chefs like Wesley, Ash, Karen Dudley (The Kitchen), Jason Lilley (Jason’s Bakery), Emma Hofmans (Halleluyah) and Angelo Scirocco (Urbanology) – to name only a few, click here for a more complete list – cooking on open fires, under ground, with veggies from the garden and eggs from the chickens it was a treat from first bite to last lick of the plate.

It is a hard thing to put into words what we took away from all the stories and talks about responsibilities outside the kitchen and restaurant, the many angles of ethical and sustainable ‘from farm to table’ supply chains, networking tips and so much more.

I guess you had to be there…

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Pictures from Instagram, search #convivium2016.

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Find out more at www.conviviumtable.co.za and keep an eye out on this blog for more pictures, coming soon.

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.

 

 

Ditjies en Datjies

We’ve been busy on (and off) Kalmoesfontein.

Here are some pictures (shot by Stephanie Veldman, link to more here) from Theo and Janita’s wedding on the farm in late May.

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Meanwhile Adi cooked for The Great South African Cookbook which launches TODAY – since today is Madiba Day and the proceeds of this great book goes towards The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Adi and Lars attended Imbibe Live in London with Caperitif, Jasper tasted his way through Spain and Portugal, Helena launched a Swartland wine onto a Stellenbosch wine list and we’ve had some rain, glorious rain.

There are also plans for the 2016 edition of Convivium in the pipeline, Sunday lunches coming up and a bit of a ‘if we can’t have a Swartland Revolution we’ll just throw our own early November party’ event, coming soon.

Also, we’ll be in Johannesburg with all our SIP friends on 11/12 November – keep an eye on the Swartland Independent Facebook page for details, coming soon!

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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.

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What?

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.

When?

Our first edition will take place on 24 July. 11h00 for 11h30.

Where?

From the cellar to the lawns to the stoep of Kalmoesfontein.

How?

Tickets at R350pp. Kids under 12 half price.

Book by emailing Helena on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com

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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.

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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!