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AA Badenhorst Family Wines

AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein 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 “dynamic and good-looking cousins” Hein and Adi Badenhorst, 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.

Team Biography

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 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.


In the vineyard

The vineyards are 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.

In terms of 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.

In the cellar

On Kalmoesfontein it is back to basics, using traditional winemaking equipment and old cement ‘kuipe’.

All fruit, red and white, is whole bunch-handled so no crushing or destemming takes place.

The whites are transferred 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 sulphur before and after fermentation.


Wines by this producer

Kalmoesfontein White Blend (Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Gris, Verdehlo, Colombard, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon and 3 others.)

Kalmoesfontein Red Blend (Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault.)

Secateurs Red Blend (Shiraz, Grenache and Cinsault) and Chenin Blanc.

Single Vineyard Range sourced from specific, beautiful old vine vineyards: Kelder and Klip Kop Steen (Chenin Blancs); Sout-van-die-aarde Palomino; Sk’windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca; Raaigras Grenache; Ramnasgras and Ringmuur Cinsaults

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