February on the farm

Exciting times:

Our friends Jon came to take areal shots of the farm with is drone – that’s my home!


99% of the grapes are in for harvest 2016.


We hosted the International Food and Wine Society for a “mini revolution” complete with Adi, Andrea, Callie and Eben, Where is Callie placemats, a harvest buffet by Judy Badenhorst and an informal SIP tasting. IMG_0183IMG_0192IMG_0196

Caperitif also received some great publicity – keep an eye on its website for more!

Die oes skop af

The second week of January had just kicked off, most of us had barely unpacked our holiday bags and the first Syrah grapes were ready to be picked. No easing into this year, it is all systems go and harvest 2015 is here.


on Monday the heat (and drought, hardly any rain since September) got too much, even for a die hard no-irrigation-prophet like Adi, and all the farm’s water got redirected to the vineyard. Meanwhile the temperatures rise and the pool is empty. Priorities.. 10393849_882913958409894_7596585208665548182_n

On Tuesday Samuel, Ana and their cousins Richard, Hardy and Jan Hendrik (from Stellenbosch!) stomped the first Syrah.


That concludes our first harvest update for 2015. Now for some featured fun.

Adi’s mom’s 70th, hosted on Kalmoesfontein late last year, is in the February issue of House and Garden Gourmet

IMG_4469while the 2014 Swartland Revolution occupies 8 pages in the Food and Home from the same month. Included amongst the feedback on the weekend, recipes of some of the delicious food and mentions of the world class wines, THREE CAPERITIF COCKTAILS!

Now we just need the go ahead to get the stuff moving…



Bootleggers Ball Jol

It is Swartland Revolution week! The fifth annual Revolution weekend kicks off this Friday with lots of exciting things planned, as usual. A first for this year however is the in-house bar.

Friday night’s dinner will be a Bootleggers Ball and after dinner we get to host the exciting launch of our Caperitif in the form of a cash bar (all profits go towards our worthy social development projects).


Four cocktails that have literally not been made in almost a century, such as The Barney Barnato, The Cape Cocktail and The Jan Smuts (ok, we might have made that one up) are bound to keep the party going.


All cocktails will be R40, but please note that there are NO ATMs in Riebeek Kasteel at the moment (how quaint!?) so please fill that money clip from last year with some cash money before you depart your big city lives. Alternatively you can use Snapscan… (look at us!)

Lars, the Danish mixologist who contacted us early this year to collaborate to bring this ghost ingredient back to life, is in town and has been playing around with shakers, citrus and lots of interesting ingredients…

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I am so excited… I hope you are all ready!


Tickets to this year’s Swartland Revolution sold out in mere hours. Currently the waiting list is over 60 people deep…

We hope you got your tickets and we will see you in Riebeek in November.

Adi will not only be presenting one of his wines along one of his ultimate ‘hero wines’ during the Expert Opinions tasting but guests will also get to try our new vermouth experiments at dinner on Friday and some Badenhorst Brews during the beer break on Saturday.

Take a look at the SR website for a complete programme


Swartland Revolution 2013 update

There have been some exciting updates to the Swartland Revolution programme for this year. Tickets for the full weekend event have already sold out, we are busy preparing and happy to announce new developments.

Head over to the website or keep an eye on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated.

There will be a big street party on the Saturday evening and we want to see everyone there, details and ticket sales soon!