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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.


David & Nadia Sadie Swartland wine makers South Africa

Resilience, adaptability & team work at the core of the winning winemaking philosophy at David & Nadia Wines

1st Aug 2020

By David & Nadia SadieCopy editing by Anna-Bet Stemmet Thomas Jefferson famously said, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” This made us think, and we realised just how important resilience is in the times that we live in today. Tough times force us to stand…

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The story of the Swartland is written in its wines

The story of the Swartland is written in its wines

25th Jul 2020

You don’t have to go far for insight to Swartland wines. It’s right there on the label. A unique environment Hof Street Winery dedicates a range of wines to a threatened indigenous plant known as Renosterbos (Dicerothamnus rhinocerotis). The shrub is rather demure compared to others with more colourful arrays, but it is the dominant…

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Babylon's Peak Paardeberg Swartland South Africa

Babylon’s Peak uses lockdown to tend the land and forge the way forward

19th Jul 2020

While the rest of South Africa spent the larger part of the countrywide COVID-19 lockdown bunkered down and waiting for the penny to drop, the Babylon’s Peak team were hard at work tending the land and forging the way forward for this much-loved Swartland brand. “Since we had permits to keep our staff on during…

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