Tastings & Events
Free Saturday Tasting at the Shop
With Brad Beavers of The Country Vintner
Saturday, August 23th, 1 – 4pm
Although their wines are a new discovery to many, South Africa has been crafting wine for hundreds of years. This weekend we’re focusing on two all-star wineries with very different histories – Klein Constantia and Badenhorst Family Wines.
Klein Constantia is part of South Africa’s oldest estate, founded in 1684. In 1877 Constantia was split into two estates – the Klein (little) Constantia and Groot (big) Constantia. Not only famous for creating the wine that put South African wine on the world map – Vin de Constance dessert wine that was a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte – Klein Constantia also makes world class dry wines and continues to be a leader in the South African wine community.
On the other hand, Badenhorst Family Wines is relatively new to the scene. Owner and maverick winemaker Adi Badenhorst grew up in the vineyards of Groot Constantia, where Adi’s grandfather was the farm manager for 46 years. There, Adi made his first wine when he was a mere 13 years old and has been working with winemakers in the region ever since. In 2008 he founded his own family winery where he focuses on biological and natural winemaking to make delicious and affordable wines.
Brad Beavers of The Country Vintner will be pouring and sharing with you his knowledge and expertise of South African winemaking, and showing that it’s not all Pinotage.
2013 Badenhorst ‘Secateurs’ Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa ($14.99)
2012 Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South Africa ($17.99)
2011 Badenhorst ‘Secateurs’ Red Blend, Swartland, South Africa ($15.99)
2011 Klein Constantia Red Blend, Constantia, South Africa ($23.99)