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WELCOME TO THE SWARTLAND

"A PLACE WHERE YOU'RE SAFE TO TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES"

The warm and welcoming Swartland area of the Western Cape encompasses a uniquely diverse geographic region, from the undulating hills of the Paardeberg in the south to the rolling waters of the Berg River in the north.

Here lie the charming historic towns of Malmesbury, Piketberg and Porterville, and the twin villages of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, nestled on the slopes of the Kasteelberg.

Sweeping wheat fields – golden in summer, mint-green in winter – are punctuated by azure dams on working farms, and sheep and cattle dot the landscape. Huge swathes of natural vegetation burst with indigenous fynbos and the rich resident birdlife is complemented in spring by migrants, with buzzards and kites common along roadside fenceposts.

In this little Mediterranean corner of the world, fruit orchards abound, vineyards carpet the slopes and olive groves nestle around unexpected corners.

This quietly charming world of abundance and colour welcomes visitors – to be cosseted in guesthouses BnBs, to feast on fresh and deliciously prepared local produce and, above all, to sample a wide range of palate-pleasuring wines.

WINE

The Swartland has become known internationally as the South African wine region with a difference. It could be argued that some of the most innovative wines are produced here.

OLIVES

In this little Mediterranean corner of the world, orchards and vineyards carpet the slopes and olive groves nestle around unexpected corners. Some of the finest olive oils in South Africa are produced in the Swartland.

EXPLORE

It’s close enough to get to, yet it’s a perfect place to get away from it all. Each producer on the Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route offers guests a uniquely different experience.

EVENTS

The Swartland is famous for its festivals, which cover everything from food and wine to art and music, and take place throughout the year.

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Swartland Wine Farm Accommodation Destinations for Flower Season 2018

18th Sep 2018

Spring is officially here and the Swartland is slowly but surely bursting into bloom. If you’ve always wanted to make your way to this area to see the veld in all it’s springtime glory, we highly recommend that you make a weekend of it and do a little wine tasting while you’re at it. Here…

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Swartland’s agricultural workers recognised at 2018 Prestige Agri Awards

7th Sep 2018

The winners of the regional leg of the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards were announced this week and received recognition at an awards ceremony at the Goedgedacht reception centre outside on the Riebeeksrivier-road on the 7th of September. The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards are presented annually by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture…

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The inspiring story of Thembile Ntloko & his rise to success at Riebeek Cellars

24th Aug 2018

Not every hero’s story features a fearsome dragon and a swift white horse. Some heroic tales hinge on difficult circumstances and the ability to see the opportunity for growth when it presents itself. The story of Thembile Ntloko and his rise to success at Riebeek Cellars is one of the latter, and something that lies…

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