In 2008, cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst purchased Kalmoesfontein farm in the Paardeberg area in Swartland, South Africa. Together they restored a cellar that had been neglected since the 1930?s, where they now make natural wines in the traditional manner. The vineyards on Kalmoesfontein farm are made up of very old bush-vines planted with Chenin Blanc (average 40 years old), 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.
Adi Badenhorst is an award winning winemaker, member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, founding member of the Swartland Revolution, the Swartland Independent, and is an ever evolving vigneron.
The winery is located on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain, which is a granite outcrop. Three distinctive types of granitic soil are found on this property - Paardeberg, Lammershoek, and Lemoenfontain. The soils are extremely old and considered by many to be low potential as vine growth is not as luxuriant as in other areas. Yields are generally quite low, averaging 3-4 tons/ha for Chenin Blanc. No irrigation is used as the soils 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 Mediterranean.