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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 Jongwynskou bring hulde aan 2018 se pronkwyne

17th Aug 2018

Agt kelders afkomstig uit beide die Darling en Swartland WO-areas het vanjaar aan die Swartland Jongwynskou deelgeneem en het beïndruk met ‘n allemintige 9 goue, 58 silwer en 51 brons toekennings. Daarbewenens is ‘n groottotaal van 30 klaswenners aangewys vanuit die goue en silwer toekennings. Hierdie besonderse wyne staan as toonbeeld in hul kategorieë en…

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Swartland Wine & Olive Route Salutes Its Female Winemakers

8th Aug 2018

In the spirit of National Women’s Day, we would like to take a moment to shine the limelight on the female winemakers who live and work throughout the Swartland. The following women have been doing their part to put the Swartland on the map as a wine region to be reckoned with: Alecia Boshoff (Riebeek…

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Top Swartland Wedding Venues for 2018/19

13th Jul 2018

Getting ready to tie the knot? We’ve got excellent news – the Swartland has a wide variety of stunning wedding venues to choose from. Here are a few of the beautiful destinations our region has to offer: Allesverloren Set amidst majestic blue gum trees and picturesque vineyards, the beautiful Allesverloren bush chapel offers spectacular mountain…

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