Beyond wine, discover SWARTLAND CULTURE – where you're free to kick off your shoes.

Rugged and raw, the region is deep-rooted, untamed and unapologetic of spirit. Its wide horizon stretches ocean-to-mountain across extreme diversity.

The Swartland is an ever-changing land of contrast. Characterised by an austere name - directly translated from Afrikaans as 'blackland' – the region is seasonally transformed most memorably to magnificent undulating hills of green. The landscape is dominated by sprawling fields of grain, thriving orchards and vineyards dotted with islands of wilderness and quaint farm villages.

Here is the invitation to discover back-roads that echo through the climate and geography as much in its produce as the tenacity of its communities. Here is the opportunity for the visitor to be immersed in neighbourhoods that may be down-to-earth, but are renowned for their uncompromising expression through wine and food, art, language and way of life.

This is the soul of the Swartland: a sincere, independent people in unique country.

Be enchanted by a place that's home to some of the country's oldest vines; where off-the-beaten-tracks reveal prized wine and olive farms; where it's not uncommon to be welcomed at first greeting by farm owners themselves, who work the land too.

In the Swartland, simplicity and honesty are hallmarks, along with enticement to explore. And there are many experiences to be had, whether you seek sophisticated fine dining or a remote, no-frills hiking trail; to race a bike along a farm track or explore a quiet art gallery; to swim in a farm dam or strike out to meet the winemakers behind cutting-edge brands.

Less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, the region offers authenticity and space to breathe. It's not a place you choose, but a place of tranquillity that chooses you.

The Swartland Wine & Olive Route is more than just a map; it is a laid-back state of mind that will reset your compass. No shoes required.


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 Swartland Wine & Olive Route offers guests a uniquely different experience.

Visit the picturesque, rugged Swartland where backroad wineries echo the terroir, with communities pursuing individual expression through wine, food, word and art.

- Jolene Janse van Rensburg. Manager, Swartland Wine & Olive Route


Swartland: The best weekend getaway

Written by: Clifford Roberts; Photography: Johan Viljoen Map The Swartland Wine and Olive Route is often cited as the Cape’s best weekend getaway. The combination of rolling hills, vineyards and wheatfields, wilderness, quirky personalities, and genuine country hospitality – all minutes from Cape Town – are among its greatest attractions. The route’s website and office …

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Taste the Swartland in its Chenin blanc wines

Written by Clifford Roberts; photography Johan Viljoen Chenin blanc does so well in South Africa that it has in many respects become the country’s global calling card for quality wine. A significant part of this honour belongs to the Swartland, which is home to some 15% of these vineyards. It is in this region just …

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Swartland – pioneers of Portuguese

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photographs: Johan Viljoen Sometimes old stories need to be re-told, lest the lessons we’ve learned be forgotten. For the Swartland, this is certainly true when it comes to one of its foundational wine grape varieties. The story of Swartland and indeed South African wines cannot be told without reference to the …

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