We’ve taken a thorn out of planning your visit to the Swartland, and compiled a list of open hours of some of the most popular wine and olive destinations.
The information below was gleaned from the producer websites as well as from wineries, telephonically. We are keen to welcome and share our beautiful region with you this summer. It is advised to contact the wineries to confirm their opening times before visiting. This information was correct at date of publishing.
Allesverloren wine tasting in Riebeek Kasteel is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 17:00; and Saturday, 11:00 to 15:00. It will be open on December 16, from 09:00 to 17:00, but closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1. For information, call 022 461 2320. The Pleasant Pheasant restaurant is also open, and hours may be confirmed at 022 461 2170. Don’t miss out Christmas lunch at the Allesverloren Conference and Function Centre, contact Bertus on 073 017 4402 to book.
Café Myrtledene is a relatively new eatery that adjoins the Hofstraat Winery in Malmesbury. Wim Smit heads the winery and his brother, Lawrence, is owner and chef at the café. It is open Wednesday to Saturday 12:30 to 21:30 for pizzas, tapas and a la carte items; and, Sunday 12:00 to 15:00 with a set menu. A special Christmas lunch is on the cards for 25 December 2020. Call 060 329 1668 for information.
Wine tasting at Fynbos Estate in the Joubertskloof of the Paardeberg is offered by appointment daily including weekends and public holidays from 09:00 to 18:00. The Simon-Simons nature reserve hiking trail is also open from 06:00 for avid walkers, but you must register by calling Tel: 022 487 1153 prior to departure.
Het Vlock Casteel, the olive shop in Riebeek Kasteel, is open Monday to Thursday, 09:00 to 17:00; Friday, 09:00 to 15:00; and Saturday 09:00 to 14:00. It is open on public holidays from 09:00 to 14:00, except on December 25 and January 1, when it’s closed. Tel: 022 448 1488
Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate in Riebeek Kasteel is open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 16:30; Saturday and public holidays, 09:00 to 14:00. It’s closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1. For information on their olive & wine tastings, picnic baskets and the hiking trail on the farm, call 022 448 1635.
Lammershoek in the Aprilskloof of the Paardeberg is generally open by appointment only. Wine tastings with the winemaker are held on Fridays from 10:00 to 13:00, but should be confirmed at 022 482 2835. Confirmed dates, however, are December 4, January 8, and January 15. The winery will be closed from December 17 to January 4.
Olive Boutique in Riebeek Kasteel is open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:00; and, weekends and public holidays from 10:00 to 13:30. It will be closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1. Call 022 448 1368 for information.
Org de Rac near Piketberg is open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00; Saturdays and public holidays, 9:30 to 14:00. It is closed on December 25 and January 1. Join them for their very popular Cap Classique and Oyster pairing. Call 022 913 2397 for information.
Pulpit Rock in Riebeek West is open Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00; and, Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00 (call ahead to confirm). The winery is open on December 16, from 09:00 to 16:00. It closes from December 24 to January 4. The hiking trail behind the winery is very popular, but hikers should register at the winery before they venture up the mountain. Call 022 461 2025 for information.
The brand new Tasting Emporium of the Riebeek Valley Wine Co in Riebeek Kasteel is open Monday to Thursday, 09:00 to 17:00; Friday, 10:00 to 18:00; Saturday and public holidays, 10:00 to 17:00; and, Sunday, 10:00 to 15:00 during the holidays. It is closed on December 25 and 26, and on January 1. Sample their wines or enjoy a light meal at this stunning new tasting room. Tel: 022 448 1213.
Swartland Winery in Malmesbury is open Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 17:00, and Friday 09:00 to 16:00. It will be open on December 16,24 and 31, from 09:00 to 14:00. It is closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1. Tel: 022 482 1134.
Wine Kollektive, Riebeek Kasteel’s wine shop of independent Swartland producers, is open Tuesday and Sunday, 10:00 to 15:00; Wednesday, Saturday 10:00 to 17:00. It is closed December 25 and January 1. Tel: 022 448 1008.