In the heart of the Swartland Wine Valley, on a farm named Kalmoesfontein, Adi Badenhorst and his cousin Hein grow, make and mature natural wines in the traditional way.
They have restored a neglected cellar on the property that stood unused since the 1930’s, and from there have been making some of the country’s most exciting and sought after wine since.
The cousins’ grandfather was the farm manager at Groot Constantia for almost 50 years. Adi can still recall the moment he fell in love with all things wine, when the winemaker at Buitenverwachting let him make his first wine at age 13.
His love for wine kept growing and he ended up studying to pursue his passion at the renowned Stellenbosch agricultural college, Elsenburg. Following this, stints at international names in Northern Rhone and New Zealand earned him top spots as winemaker at local legends like Simonsig, Steenberg and Rustenberg Wine Estate.
Back to Basics
In 2008, Adi decided to go back to basics and settled in the Swartland with cousin Hein. Operations on Kalmoesfontein are all about biological farming and making natural wines in the traditional manner. Of their approach, Adi says:
“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 a much talked about 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. Amongst other things
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Cybercellar’s Top Pick: AA Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018