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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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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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Stop and go: A guide to the Swartland’s great destinations for tasting

Written by: Clifford Roberts; Photography: Johan Viljoen It’s hard to believe that the world’s first recorded “long-distance” road trip by automobile – as reported by Wikipedia – extended just 106km. The distance may seem paltry now, but for what was essentially a carriage with an engine, the experimental Benz Patent-Motorwagen Number 3 was revolutionary for …

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A to Z of the Swartland: Part 1

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photographer Johan Viljoen Every region has characteristics that give it identity. First to mind for the Swartland may be the wheatfields and vineyards, olive groves and hamlets. But there is so much more, which is why we’ve drawn up an A to Z of the Swartland. It’s not an exhaustive list, …

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