A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines are made in the Paardeberg area in Swartland district of South Africa. Owned by cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst restored the cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930’s to make natural wines in the traditional manner. The vineyards are made up of very old bush-vines planted with Chenin Blanc (average 40 year old vines), Cinsault (average 45 years), and Grenache (average 58 years). The vines are un-irrigated and farmed as biologically as possible. The vineyards are planted on East, North and South facing slopes bringing tremendous variety to the fruit.
Region: Swartland, South Africa
Year Founded: 2007
Proprietors: The handsome cousins, Hein and Adi Badenhorst
Winemaker: Adi Badenhorst
Size of property: 100 ha (247 acres) total, 43 ha (106 acres) planted
Terroir: The winery is located on a mountain range which is a granite outcrop and three distinctive types of granitic soil are found on this property - specifically Paardeberg, Lammershoek and Lemoenfontein granites. The soils are extremely old and considered by many to be ‘low potential ‘ as vine growth is not as luxeriant as in other areas. Yields are generally quite low averaging 3-4 tons/ha for Chenin Blanc. No irrigation is used as the soild have the potential to store a good amount of water and slowly release during the growing season. Rainfall is around 480mm/yr falling mainly in the winter months of May – August/September. Winters tend to be cold and wet and leaf fall is quite sudden with the onset of Winter. Otherwise, the weather is pretty much medditteranean.
Annual Production: 10,000 cases
Varieties Cultivated: White: Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blance, Roussane, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Colombar + 5 others Red: Grenache, Cinsault, Shiraz and Tinta Barocca
Cellar Door: By appointment only.