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WELCOME TO THE SWARTLAND

"A PLACE WHERE YOU'RE SAFE TO TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES"

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.

WINE

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.

OLIVES

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.

EXPLORE

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.

EVENTS

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

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Small berries, big taste: Swartland Winery & the parable of the bush vine

8th Nov 2019

Swartland Winery is a true-blue South African stalwart that has stood the test of time. Originally established in 1948 by 15 members as the Swartland Co-operative in order to gain independence from KWV and ensure that they could deliver and press their own grapes, the winery has since evolved into a respected private wine company…

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Swartland Street Party and Springboks for the WIN!

5th Nov 2019

There are moments that will forever echo in the collective mind of a nation, and Saturday the 2nd of November 2019 has officially earned a place among honour the days that have defined South Africa as a country. The moment that camera showed the engraver putting our name on the Web Ellis trophy, it was…

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Brands, basket presses & bold new benchmarks – a beautiful beginning for the Swartland Wine & Olive Route

2nd Nov 2019

There are exciting things afoot in the Swartland. If you’ve been keeping your ear to the ground and your eye on recent wine awards, you’d probably have noticed that the Swartland has slowly but surely been gaining a rather substantial foothold in local and international markets, and we’re happy to say that things are only…

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