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The warm and welcoming Swartland area of the Western Cape encompasses a uniquely diverse geographic region, from the undulating hills of the Paardeberg in the south to the rolling waters of the Berg River in the north.

Here lie the charming historic towns of Malmesbury, Piketberg and Porterville, and the twin villages of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, nestled on the slopes of the Kasteelberg.

Sweeping wheat fields – golden in summer, mint-green in winter – are punctuated by azure dams on working farms, and sheep and cattle dot the landscape. Huge swathes of natural vegetation burst with indigenous fynbos and the rich resident birdlife is complemented in spring by migrants, with buzzards and kites common along roadside fenceposts.

In this little Mediterranean corner of the world, fruit orchards abound, vineyards carpet the slopes and olive groves nestle around unexpected corners.

This quietly charming world of abundance and colour welcomes visitors – to be cosseted in guesthouses BnBs, to feast on fresh and deliciously prepared local produce and, above all, to sample a wide range of palate-pleasuring wines.


The Swartland has become known internationally as the South African wine region with a difference. It could be argued that some of the most innovative wines are produced here.


In this little Mediterranean corner of the world, orchards and vineyards carpet the slopes and olive groves nestle around unexpected corners. Some of the finest olive oils in South Africa are produced in the Swartland.


It’s close enough to get to, yet it’s a perfect place to get away from it all. Each producer on the Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route offers guests a uniquely different experience.


The Swartland is famous for its festivals, which cover everything from food and wine to art and music, and take place throughout the year.


Danie Malan owner of Wine Estate in the Swartland South Africa

Allesverloren – for the love of wine

3rd Jul 2020

By Danie Malan At Allesverloren we do everything for the love of wine. The work on a farm never ends, not even in times of a world-wide pandemic, at present we are preparing for the pruning season. Our vineyards are ideally situated and the various micro-climates on the farm create the perfect conditions for producing…

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Riebeek Valley Swartland South Africa

Plan your return to the Riebeek Valley with this handy guide

26th Jun 2020

Coming this way, everyone in the car was silent as if overcome at the change of scenery from that which it had been in our respective cases, for seemingly endless weeks. Then, Johan said to no-one in particular, “I’ve taken so many pictures of that wind pump”. The lollypop structure in an open field whizzed…

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Kamoesfontein in the Swartland - home of AA Badenhorst Wines

Kalmoesfontein – home of AA Badenhorst

19th Jun 2020

Kalmoesfontein might be best known as the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines’ diverse range of liquor, but we just launched a new website focussing on the farm as a venue, location and accommodation getaway so today we’re talking werf.  When Adi and his cousin Hein bought the property in 2008 the cellar was a…

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