Beyond wine, discover SWARTLAND CULTURE – where you're free to kick off your shoes.

Rugged and raw, the region is deep-rooted, untamed and unapologetic of spirit. Its wide horizon stretches ocean-to-mountain across extreme diversity.

The Swartland is an ever-changing land of contrast. Characterised by an austere name - directly translated from Afrikaans as 'blackland' – the region is seasonally transformed most memorably to magnificent undulating hills of green. The landscape is dominated by sprawling fields of grain, thriving orchards and vineyards dotted with islands of wilderness and quaint farm villages.

Here is the invitation to discover back-roads that echo through the climate and geography as much in its produce as the tenacity of its communities. Here is the opportunity for the visitor to be immersed in neighbourhoods that may be down-to-earth, but are renowned for their uncompromising expression through wine and food, art, language and way of life.

This is the soul of the Swartland: a sincere, independent people in unique country.

Be enchanted by a place that's home to some of the country's oldest vines; where off-the-beaten-tracks reveal prized wine and olive farms; where it's not uncommon to be welcomed at first greeting by farm owners themselves, who work the land too.

In the Swartland simplicity and honesty are hallmarks, along with enticement to explore. And there are many experiences to be had, whether you seek sophisticated fine dining or a remote, no-frills hiking trail; to race a bike along a farm track or explore a quiet art gallery; to swim in a farm dam or strike out to meet the winemakers behind cutting-edge brands.

Less than an hour's drive from Cape Town, the region offers authenticity and space to breathe. It's not a place you choose, but a place of tranquillity that chooses you.

The Swartland Wine & Olive Route is more than just a map; it is a laid-back state of mind that will reset your compass. No shoes required.


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.


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.


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

Visit the picturesque, rugged Swartland where backroad wineries echo the terroir, with communities pursuing individual expression through wine, food, word and art.

- Jolene Janse van Rensburg. Manager, Swartland Wine & Olive Route


Versveld Pass, Piketberg

The winemakers of Piket-bo-Berg are forging a new road

Written by: Clifford Roberts; Photography: Johan Viljoen In June 2022, one of the Swartland’s latest wards was promulgated under South Africa’s Wine of Origin Scheme. In essence, the approval meant Piket-Bo-berg’s soils, climate and geography were deemed sufficiently different from surrounding production areas and that wines from there may reliably be expected to reflect this …

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Jakkalsfontein Road in the Paardeberg

What is a field blend?

Written by Clifford Roberts; Photography Johan Viljoen Wine can be an intensely complex subject for a newcomer, but a whole new level opens with the first time you need to ask: what is a field blend? Traditionally when the world blend is used, it generally means wine varieties are harvested and vinified separately in the …

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Orange you excited to try this wine?

Copy and photography by Cookbook Author: Georgia East; Feature photo: Sleeping Co-pilot produced by Jurgen Gouws of Intellego Wines in the Paardeberg. Beloved for its summery hue and Instagram aesthetic, orange wine is truly having its moment in the sun. Also known as amber wine, orange wine’s versatility allows it to be enjoyed with all …

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