Not only is Adi an entertaining and charming host, but an award winning winemaker. He’s a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, founding member of the Swartland Revolution and Swartland Independent, and just the sweetest dad to his two amazing kids Samuel Sunnyskies & Ana Kalander. I don’t even want to talk about how wonderful his wife, Cornelia.
I was recently invited to head out to the Swartland for brunch at Adi Badenhorst’s farm with his family. I hadn’t met the great winemaker before, but I’m so happy that I did. Adi and his family are just the most wonderful people and their farm, Kalmoesfontein, is like heaven on Earth. Not to mention his spectacular wines… The whole day was just so incredible and I wish I could go back right now.
Brunch at the Badenhorst’s
I filmed and edited this fun little video on my phone, so I’m sorry it’s so shaky/bad.
But I think it’s a nice representation of how much fun we had.
The Badenhorsts’ view
Adi completed his education at Elsenburg and then headed to France to work a few harvests before heading to New Zealand to work a few more. Lucky for us, he found his way back to South Africa where he honed his skills at Simonsig, Steenberg, Groote Post and spent nine years as winemaker at the Stellenbosch estate, Rustenberg.
Adi and his cousin Hein bought their farm in 2008 and have been farming bio-dynamically ever since. Their wines are made the good, old fashioned, natural way. His methods are trial and error and he described his bubbly to us as “a taamlike fokop from the start”.
If you’ve never tried any of the AA Badenhorst wines, I suggest you get your hands on a bottle of Secateurs. You can read more about the wines on the website.
Thank you Adi and Cornelia for the amazing day and thank you for the wine.