A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Paardeberg region of the Western Cape. The 28 ha of old bush vines grow in the Siebritskloof part of the Paardeberg mountain. On Kalmoesfontein it’s 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,’ says winemaker, Adi Badenhorst.
The Secateurs range is named after the cutters that shape the bush vines during winter pruning and are used to pick the ripe grapes in summer. The grapes used here are from Kalmoesfontein and from a neighbour’s vineyards making them, they claim, ‘the world’s smallest co-op’. The Badenhorst family has, for the last three generations, nurtured their vines so that they can produce fruit of integrity. Most vines are un-irrigated mountain slope bush vines and most were planted the late 1960s to mid 1970s on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding.