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AA Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland

AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa, about 120km NNE of Cape Town. The 28ha of old bushvines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain.
The property is owned by the dynamic and good looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst.

They are originally from Constantia where their grandfather was the farm manager of Groot Constantia for 46 years. Their fathers were born there and farmed together in Constantia, during the days when people still ate fresh vegetables and Hanepoot grapes, drank Cinsault and there were a lot fewer traffic lights and hippies still had a presence. Together these two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930′s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.  Adi grew up between the vineyards and spent his time picking (stealing) grapes. “It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen,” Adi recalls.

After completing his studies at Elsenburg, Adi worked a few harvests at Chateau Angelus, Alain Graillot in the north Rhone, France and Wither Hills in New Zealand and did stints at local cellars Simonsig, Steenberg, Groote Post and nine years as winemaker at the esteemed Stellenbosch estate, Rustenberg.

In 2008 he packed it all in and bought a 60-hectare piece of land in the Paardeberg with his cousin Hein. They now proudly farm together, practice biological farming and make natural wines in the traditional manner.

On Kalmoesfontein it is back to basics, using traditional winemaking equipment and old cement kuipe. “We make wines with immense character. We’re using what we can afford. We are making the best wines we can. And we are having great experiences. I want to make something, involving interaction from my family.”

Today Adi Badenhorst is an award winning winemaker, member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, founding member of the Swartland Revolution and Swartland Independent, proud dad to Samuel Sunnyskies & Ana Kalander and ever-evolving Vigneron.

AA Badenhorst Family Wines - www.aabadenhorst.com

  • AA Badenhorst Brak-Kuil Barbarossa 2015

    AA Badenhorst Brak-Kuil Barbarossa 2015
    $52.00

    The Badenhorst Brak-Kuil Barbarossa, is the only one produced by vineyard plantings of verified Barbarossa grapes, South Africa's wine regulatory body, South African Wine Industry Information and Systems...

  • AA Badenhorst Caperitif (Kaapse Dief) Vermouth

    AA Badenhorst Caperitif (Kaapse Dief) Vermouth
    $48.00

    From the cellar of Kalmoesfontein in Swartland and the mountain slopes of the Paardeberg we bring you Caperitif. Chenin Blanc fortified with spirit, gently sweetened by the sugar of the grapes, bittered by Quinchona bark and...

  • AA Badenhorst Dassiekop Steen 2015

    AA Badenhorst Dassiekop Steen 2015
    $66.00

    Vineyards and vines: Dassiekop is found high on the Paardeberg mountain and was planted on steep terraces in the early 1970’s by the father of my neighbour, Pierre Rossouw on the farm Uitkyk. Grapes: Chenin Blanc 100%...

  • AA Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2012

    AA Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2012
    $61.00

    Vineyards and vines: small parcels of selected fruit is sourced from various vineyards on our farmKalmoesfontein and from neighbours with good tasting grapes. The 2012 vintage was beyond expectations in terms of quality and...

  • AA Badenhorst Family White Blend 2008

    AA Badenhorst Family White Blend 2008
    $50.00

    2008 AA Badenhorst White Blend Vineyards and vines: Small parcels of selected fruit are sourced from various vineyards on our farm Kalmoesfontein, the Swartland area and the greater Paardeberg Mountain. Grapes: Chenin...

  • AA Badenhorst Family White Blend 2013

    AA Badenhorst Family White Blend 2013
    $50.00

    Vineyards and vines: small parcels of selected fruit are sourced from various vineyards on our farm Kalmoesfontein, the Swartland area and the greaterPaardeberg Mountain.Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne,...

  • AA Badenhorst Raaigras Grenache 2015

    AA Badenhorst Raaigras Grenache 2015
    $68.00

    Vineyard: This vineyard was planted in 1952 on decomposed granite soils. The vineyard has South East exposition and is 0.86 ha in extent. Vinification and elevage: the grapes are sorted meticulously in the vineyard and...

  • AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014

    AA Badenhorst Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014
    $52.00

    2014 Ramnasgras CINSAULT Vineyard: This vineyard was planted in the mid 1950’s on decomposed granite soils. The vineyard has South East exposition and is 1.6 ha in extent. Vinification and elevage: the grapes are...

  • AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2017

    AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2017
    $26.00

    Vineyards and vines: The Chenin Blanc grapes are mostly from our farm, Kalmoesfontein situated on the northern side of the Paardeberg mountain. Our neighbour also supplies us with some exceptional old vine fruit –...

  • AA Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2015

    AA Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2015
    $26.00

    The aromas are perfumed, peppery, spicey, smokey & exhibit ripe red fruit notes. Supple, smooth on entry but with enough grip to end dry and refreshing . In the mouth the texture & fineness of fruit tannin and...

  • AA Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018

    AA Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018
    $26.00

    Made from old vine cinsault, shiraz and grenache.  Vineyards and vines: The grapes for this wine are grown by us on Kalmoesfontein in Swartland in  granite soils. The Grenache vines were planted in 1951 the...

  • AA Badenhorst Sout van die Aarde Palomino 2015

    AA Badenhorst Sout van die Aarde Palomino 2015
    $66.00

    Vineyards and vines: The West Coast of South Africa is the wilder part of the country. 150km north of our winery you will find this vineyard on the farm Brakkuil. The old vines stand high out of the sandy top-soils, their...

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