Producer Focus: Adi Badenhorst
AA Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland appellation of South Africa. 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 (their own words ;)) 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, drank Cinsault, 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.
I've had the pleasure of meeting Adi on a couple of occasions, once in South Africa and once in London. He is as charismatic as his wines, full of personality and has an approach to wine making that the old world could learn a thing or two from.
We have supported his wines for over a year now and they are fast becoming one of the most popular in our unrivaled South African range. Here's a couple of picks for you to try that I can't recommend highly enough:
Adi doesn't only make wine, keep an eye out for his Caperitif and Swan Tonic we'll be exclusively launching in the Spring!!
Happy New Year!
- Chris Rogers