Swartland: The best weekend getaway

Written by: Clifford Roberts; Photography: Johan Viljoen

Travel along the Swartland Wine & Olive Route


The Swartland Wine and Olive Route is often cited as the Cape’s best weekend getaway. The combination of rolling hills, vineyards and wheatfields, wilderness, quirky personalities, and genuine country hospitality – all minutes from Cape Town – are among its greatest attractions. The route’s website and office provide the most comprehensive and primary source of information for exploring one of the Cape’s most exciting regions. The route comprises outstanding experiences offered by more than 30 wine and olive producers throughout the region, from boutique growers to internationally renowned brands.

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Local artists display their art in intimate, tucked away studio’s in the Swartland towns.
Eclectic wineries and tasting rooms are the norm along the off-the-beaten-track gravel roads in the Swartland

Great experiences for the best weekend getaway

Producer farms and shops on the Swartland Wine and Olive Route are situated in areas around Malmesbury, Paardeberg, Mooreesburg, the Riebeek Valley and Piketberg. They include a range from long-established co-operatives to feisty independent mavericks. The region is a leader in crafting award-winning wines also from one of the most significant concentrations of old vines in the country, and the making of natural wines. In addition to wines and olives however, many locations also have facilities for children and families, accommodation, restaurants, and outdoor excursions that ensure a memorable break in the country.

AA Badenhorst
Babylon’s Peak
City on a Hill
David & Nadia
Dragonridge (wine and olives)
Het Vlock Casteel (wine and olives)
Huis van Chevallerie
Hofstraat Wynkelder
JC Wickens Wines
JH Meyer Wines
Kloovenburg (wine and olives)
Lammershoek (wine and olives)
Olive Boutique (olives)
Org de Rac (wine and olives)
Pulpit Rock
Rall Wines
Riebeek Valley Wine Co
Swartland Winery
The Sadie Family Wines
The Wine Kollective
Tim Hillock Wines
Wightman & Sons
Yellowwood Winery  

Things to do near Cape Town

The annual Swartland Agricultural Show in Moorreesburg in September is an authentic local experience
The Berg River Canoe Marathon is an ultra adventure race for experienced rowers. It is a four day stage race which starts in Paarl, meanders through the Swartland and finishes in Velddrif on the West Coast.

When it comes to breaking away to the country for a relaxing getaway, few regions come close to the Swartland Wine and Olive Route. But it’s a big area to cover if you only have a few days, which is why we list events where you can get the most of the Swartland in one place. In this way, the Swartland Wine and Olive Route will always be ready to assist in making your break the best weekend getaway just minutes from the Cape’s Mother City.

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The architectural heritage in the Swartland is something to behold. This building is one of only two buildings in the world that features the Malmesbury gable.
Short Street, on the Main Road of Riebeek Kasteel, is home to the Riebeek Valley Wine Co Tasting Emporium, the Wine Kollective wine shop, a potter studio, boutique clothing shop and restaurants.

Contact the Swartland Wine & Olive Route

Start your best weekend getaway by getting in touch with the Swartland Wine and Olive Route. Contact us on tel: 022 487 1133 or email swartlandinfo@westc.co.za. Alternatively, pop in at our office on the corner of Church and Voortrekker Street, Malmesbury. We’re open Monday-Friday, 8:00 to 17:00.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Piketberg is a landmark that can be seen from afar.
Malmesbury, the main business centre of the Swartland, seen from a different angle.
The area boasts numerous accommodation options, including a number of farm stays.

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