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.


Cape West Coast Tourism
Tel: +27 (22) 433 8505
Email: tourism@wcdm.co.za
Web: www.capewestcoast.org

Malmesbury Tourism
Tel: +27 (22) 487 1133
Email: info@malmesburytourism.co.za
Web: www.malmesburytourism.co.za

Piketberg Tourism Bureau
Tel: +27 (22) 913 2063
Email: tourism@piketberg.com
Web: www.tourismpiketberg.com

Porterville Tourism Bureau
Tel: +27 (22) 931 3732
Email: info@portervilletourism.co.za
Web: www.portervilletourism.co.za

Riebeek Valley Tourism
Tel: +27 (22) 448 1545
Email: tourism@riebeekvalley.info
Web: www.riebeekvalley.info

Tour Operators

Wine Tasting Tours by Jonathan Snashall

Tasting Tours
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)

Jonathan Snashall
Greenland & Goodwin Wines
082 322 3733

Swartland Wine Tours by Explore Sideways
Immersive Food & Wine Tours

Explore Sideways

Explore Sideways is the leader in curating immersive food & wine tours of Cape Town and its surrounding areas. Enjoy enriching and memorable experiences, as highly qualified specialists introduce you to the hidden gems of the winelands. Each experience is tailored to individual tastes and preferences and provides exclusive access to the most inspiring people and magical places in and around the Cape.

+27 (079) 6071978

Swartland Wine Tours by The WInetender Nelda van Zyl
Specialist Wine Tours

The Winetender

Experience the beauty of South Africa's wine country with me, a registered Tour Guide specializing in Food & Agri tourism. Wine Tours off the beaten track, specializing in Swartland, Olifantsriver, West Coast Wine Regions

Food & Wine Pairings
Finding the perfect food and wine pairing makes good wines great! Learn the guidelines for pairing food with the right red or white wine.

Nelda van Zyl
084 517 2519



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