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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 Bubbly to toast in the New Year

22nd Dec 2019

The Summer holidays are in full swing and as we approach New Year Eve it is time to start considering your selection of bubbly to serve for a party to toast in the New Year. In the Swartland, we boast with a vast selection – from Sparkling Wine to Méthode Ancestrale (Petillant-Naturel) to Methode Cap…

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SWARTLAND WINE AND OLIVE ROUTE FESTIVE SEASON TRADING HOURS

17th Dec 2019

The festive season is in full swing and the Swartland is welcoming visitors from near and far. As a guide – and to make things a little bit easier – we’ve collated a list of our members who are open in the festive period, so you can plan your road trip to the land of…

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Riebeek Valley Wine Company – A story of tenacity against the odds

8th Dec 2019

Riebeek Cellars in the heart of the Swartland recently enjoyed a complete reimagining and re-entered the market as the newly minted Riebeek Valley Wine Co., boasting the captivating tagline ‘Guardians of the Swartland, Custodians of Quality’. We caught up with Alecia Boshoff (head winemaker and head of production) and Kara van Zyl (international marketing and…

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