Movie night: a love story

Last night we celebrated Valentines Day with a beautiful outdoor movie screening.

With pink Caperitif welcome drinks, pizza, wine, popcorn and the famous Badenhorst Family Ice Cream paired with a feel good local love story under the stars – it was truly a night to remember.

We plan on doing a few of these throughout the year so be sure not to miss the next one. Send me a mail on aabadenhorstwine@gmail.com to be on our events mailing list.

Irish love

Adi’s brother’s wife’s brother got married on the farm in January… it’s our extended Irish family!

A lovely intimate throw down.

 

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Venue: Kalmoesfontein, AA Badenhorst Family Wines.

Coördinators, decor and DJ: Helena and Ray – Kick Bang! Omnific.

Flowers: Michelle Smith Florals.

Flower installation / center piece: a Kick Bang! Omnific and Michelle Smith Colab.

Food: Slippery Spoon.

Photographer: Lelani Badenhorst (no relation…)

We’re in the Wednesday Club…

And you should be too!

Perfect Hideaways, who manages bookings for our farm cottage accommodation, have launched a cool initiative called The Wednesday Club.

Basically, every Wednesday, hideaways in The Club (which includes our properties) that don’t yet have a booking for the coming weekend are offered to you with one third off the usual rates!

There are some lovely places on their list, so be sure to sign up.

For more info on our accommodation- head over to the page on this site!

See you soon…

We want to spend the most romantic evening of the year with you!

Imagine the setting – pretty picnic spots under the Swartland skies.

What: An outdoor movie screening, pizza from our wood fired oven, very local wine, popcorn and our family recipe ice cream. This is classic date night stuff!

When: Thursday 14 February, from 7pm (movie screening at 8).
Where: the lawns of Kalmoesfontein, Paardeberg, Swartland, South Africa.
Why: cause we can like to be romantic too. 
Costs: R450pp, but ideally you come in pairs…

To book, email semma@aabadenhorst.com – only 12 couple spots left.
You can order extra (Badenhorst) wine of your choice too and there are accommodation options available for the night.
We are still debating which movie, so that will be a surprise…
ps. I would go JUST for that ice cream!

Hello harvest my old friend…

And then it was February- goodness. We’ve been very busy on the farm; first prepping the cellar and new cold room for harvest, then waiting for grapes and after a rather hectic heatwave everything seemed to come at the same time. The Chenin Blanc anyway.

 

With Jasper now heading up his own cellar down the dust road Hanneke Botha has stepped up to head the team in the day to day of the cellar. Luckily for her and us Keiji has joined us from Japan for the third year and we have a few more pairs of hard working hands joining the regular crew this season.

In the next few weeks I will try to catch them all for a short interview (somehow between 4:30am starts, staggered lunch times and closing shop at 19:30 they have very little time for social media mangers…)

Here’s a few pics, keep an eye on our Instagram account @aabadenhorst for day to day blow by blow action.

Festive farm

As we head into harvest mode (the first grapes, Wit Muskadel for the Geelkapel came in late last week from the Moutonshoek) a quick look back at events from the farm over December and January.

Here’s the season to be married!

We hosted three weddings over the last month, with couples from London, the Netherlands and Ireland tying the knot. Late sunsets and warm evenings make for great parties.

It has been a pleasure working with all the amazing people who made this happen. From caterers like Slippery Spoon and The Southern Smoke to florists Michelle Smith and Jeanette from Paramithi Flower and coordinations Kick Bang! (Omnific Activities) and Blank Canvas events.

Photos in this post from these guys and Maree Louw / Kikitopgraphy. More professional pics coming soon.

Check out our venue page for more information on booking Kalmoesfontein for your next event!

Merry Xmas Fam!

“Ok, let’s get a family picture. Come, everyone!”

“Ugh, really? I’ll be the photographer”

“No Swaan, we can set a timer – once a year is not too much to ask. And put on the hats please. Everyone at least one thing that says ‘Christmas’.”

“Where is Oom Piet and Golden Slopes?”

“They’re gone – you know the Single Vineyard crowd – they never stay long!”

“And cousin 4th Rabbit?”

“He’s drunk – taking a siesta…”

“Oh, well, ok – line up everyone – and smiiiiile, say cheeeese!”

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Wishing you a fun filled festive season – with loved ones that does not get annoying, good food, relaxing siestas and lekker local wines. Be blessed, be safe and take lots of pictures…

See you in the new year, when we hit the harvest running!

Pink Friday!

The world goes black and we go pink… since everyone is aparently looking for a good deal today, we’re giving you
6 x Secateurs Rosé 2018 for only R300!
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To the public, South Africa only, till midnight. 
For the local trade, till the end of November.
VAT is included and so is gratis delivery.
simply email denise@wineadmin.co.za with your order! 
 
As we mentioned earlier this week – the Secateurs Rosé has had a facelift and is a stunning summertime wine, so get your holiday stock, today.

Change and a holiday

Our Secateurs Range has been with us since the beginning. Often referred to as our ‘entry level wine’ it ticks all the boxes in that category – easy to find, easy to drink, easy to buy and easy to understand.

But, 2018 marks ten years of the Badenhorsts on the Paardeberg and it brought with it a few changes – even to ye old faithful.

– The Rosé

Die Rosé was die laatlammetjie, the youngest of the three kids. This year it got a bit of a facelift. A pink wine with a blue label. No gender stereotyping here…

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100% Cinsault juice – we are currently on the 2018 vintage and it is quite frankly perfect for summer days around the pool or with a sea breeze in the air.

– The Red

Our Secateurs Red Blend has gone from being Shiraz based [Shiraz (56%) Cinsault (22%) Grenache (21%) Tinta Barocca (1%)] to new a blend dominated by Cinsault (82%) [with Shiraz (10%) and Grenache (8%)].

As Adi says: “We’ve turned the Red Blend a bit upside down, actually helemal bollemakiesie. Why? Because Cinsault is a fabulous grape and always a pleasure to drink. We have lots of Cinsault bushvines on Kalmoesfontein and so do the neighbouring farmers…”

And, this post is a thing because we were all in the office together and Hanneke said – “I think people should know that this is a much more ‘summer red wine’…”

So here you have it folks!

– The Chenin Blanc

Is the Chenin Blanc and will always be the Secateurs Chenin Blanc. It might be called Steen occasionally and, if you believe the internet, this one is widely regarded as the best value for money Chenin out there. aa-badenhorst-secateurs-chenin-blanc-2018.jpg

Drink lots of it this silly season!

These wines are a part of our family and we hope you enjoy many bottles of it with your family as the year races to an end!