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

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!

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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Winkelshoek Cellar & Schenkfontein Wines: A multi-generational Swartland story with plenty of twists in the tale

Winkelshoek Cellar near Piketberg in the Swartland is one of those intricately wrought family businesses that took many challenging decades to build and speaks to the tenacity and innovation of overlapping generations that challenge each other to take bold leaps of faith and create opportunities from thin air. We recently caught up with brothers Hendrik…

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The Leeuwenkuil legacy: ‘Skrik vorentoe’ and love the land

Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards is a Swartland institution. The estate on which it is situated was one of the earliest wine farms in the region – it has been around since 1693, when it was known as Schinderkuijl, and was noted as having 8000 vines. The Dreyer family took ownership of the farm in 1851 after…

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10 Interesting bits of Swartland heritage to brighten your day

Happy Heritage Day everyone! In the spirit of celebrating the unique cultures and customs that make up the rich and varied tapestry of the Rainbow Nation, we thought we’d share a few interesting bits of Swartland heritage that we have rustled up over the course of our interviews and interactions with the fascinating producers that…

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David & Nadia: A slow and steady Swartland love story for the ages

David and Nadia Sadie are the couple behind the much-loved David & Nadia brand name – a Swartland label that is renowned for producing exceptional single varietal vintages and the sought-after Aristargos and Elpidios blends that represent the soils, vineyards and people of the region. Theirs is a slow and steady love story of the…

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