Andre Adriaan Badenhorst's grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia wine estate for 46 years. His father was born there and farmed on neighboring Buitenverwachting and Constantia Uitsig for many years. Adi grew up between the vineyards and spent his time picking (stealing) grapes. “It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen,” Adi recalls.
After completing his studies at Elsenburg, Adi worked a few harvests at Chateau Angelus, Alain Graillot in the north Rhone, France and Wither Hills in New Zealand and did stints at local cellars Simonsig, Steenberg, Groote Post and nine years as winemaker at the esteemed Stellenbosch estate, Rustenberg.
In 2008 he packed it all in and bought a 60-hectare piece of land in the Paardeberg with his cousin Hein. They now proudly farm together, practice biological farming and make natural wines in the traditional manner, vinifying in old foudres and cement vats.
Now Adi Badenhorst has done it again… knocking it out the park with these game changing canned wines. The grapes for Curator are sourced from selected vineyards across the Coastal Region of South Africa’s wild west coast. The vineyards are mostly bush vines growing in granite and slate soils. There’s no fancy winemaking here, just good, honest, fruit driven wines from some of the Cape’s most exciting vineyard areas.
'Strawberry and red cherry along with a slightly chalky, herbal sense on the nose; ripe peach and gariguette strawberry on the palate with a subtle texture. I admit I was a 'wine can sceptic' but no more! This is easy-drinking yet not simple - it has good complexity and intensity.' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot