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AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and

matured on Kalmoefontein farm in the Swartland 

appellation of South Africa. 28ha of old bushvines

grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain.

The property is owned by the baie dynamic and good

looking cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst. They are

originally from Constantia. 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 less 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.

Andre Adriaan Badenhorst grew up between the vineyards

of Constantia 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

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 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 (like parrot farmer, LP collector,

egg poaching pro, tea connoisseur, Land Cruiser driver,

ponytail wearer and local legend…)


About the Wines:

The vineyards – Mostly old bushvines planted in the 1950’s

and 1960’s to Chenin Blanc, Cinsault  and Grenache. The vines

are unirrigated and farmed as biologically as possible. The

vineyards are planted on north, east, and south facing slopes

bringing tremendous variety to the fruit. Fruit from other

selected sites within the appellation are also purchased to

complete the final blends.

The soils – Three distinct types of granites are found here,

namely the Paardeberg-, Lammershoek- and Lemoenfontein-

type plus different sub-surface geology including clay,

weathered granite and some serious shale.

The winemaking – All fruit, red and white, is whole

bunch-handled so no crushing or destemming takes place.

The whites are tranferred directly to old casks or into

concrete tanks for fermentation and ageing. The red grapes

are fermented in concrete tanks and open wooden kuipe. The

post fermentation maceration is lengthy – up to 4 months -

whereafter the wines are put to cask or 4000L foudres.

No additions are done to the grapes other than sulfur before

and after fermentation.

Our inspiration – The great old wines of South Africa and

the discarded varietals, the bottles of which can be found in

the forgotten corners of old cellars before modern methods

and fame came along and changed the purity of the wines.



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