Explore the Swartland
It’s close enough to get to – yet it’s a perfect place to get away from it all. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the hospitality of the Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route will quickly sweep away the stress of city living.
This South African wine gem is an ideal day-trip destination, while tourists heading towards the West Coast, the Northern Cape or Namibia along the N7, will find a detour a delightful journey of discovery.
Each producer on the route offers guests a uniquely different experience. Its members include co-operatives, private cellars, garagistes and wine merchants. Explore the wine making history of the region at some of the historic estates or enjoy exquisite wine experiences at modern tasting rooms.
From tiny B&B's to well-appointed guesthouses, charming self-catering cottages and luxury hotels, there’s an accommodation option on the Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route to suit every taste and pocket.
Local foodies agree that this is an area not to be missed. Small owner/chef-run eateries, cosy coffee shops and restaurants offer a huge range and variety of meals, most prepared with fresh produce sourced in the area.
At several regular farmers’ markets you can buy anything from homegrown veggies to free-range eggs and poultry, homemade cakes, sweets and savoury dishes, freshly baked bread and, of course, olives in every shape and form, from oils, pickles, spreads and tapanades to soaps, creams and shampoos.
This gorgeous region with its long, hot summers and blustery, astmospheric winters offers a huge variety of outdoor activities. Walks and hikes are popular, as are 4X4 trails, and for the more adventurous there’s hang-gliding, paragliding, canoeing, clay-pigeon shooting and horse-riding, to name but a few.
The Swartland is famous for its festivals, which cover everything from food and wine to art and music, and take place throughout the year.
See the Events page.
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by Jonathan Snashall
Whether you’re a curious beginner or serious wine anorak, we can do wine tasting 101 or chat for e.g. about why and how reds must go through malolactic fermentation (MLF) and of course taste some fab wines along the way.
International Consulting Winemaker;
Platter’s Wine Guide Taster (5 star panellist);
Freelance Wine Writer for WOSA (Wines of South Africa), wine.co.za and lifestyle magazines;
Lecturer for WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust). Registered with Dept (WC6314)
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