The accidental magic of Môrelig Vineyards and Wightman & Sons

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jul 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Situated at the foot Paardeberg Mountain in the Swartland region of the Western Cape, South Africa, Môrelig Vineyards is the domain of father-and-son duo Andrew and Brandon Wightman – a pair of avid farmers and artisanal winemakers that happened upon their calling by accident.  It all started in 2011, when Andrew and his wife Elise…

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Walk in the footsteps of organic pioneers at Org de Rac in the Swartland

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jul 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Org de Rac Organic Wine Estate in the Swartland is pretty hard to miss. Situated on the slopes of the Piketberg hills on the N7, it perches proudly on the special soils and elevations that make its wines so remarkable. We recently caught up with cellar master Frank Meaker to discuss the winery’s role as…

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PLACE ABOVE PROGRESS – Eben Sadie on old vines, new cultivars and bottling the Swartland

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jul 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Eben Sadie from The Sadie Family Wines is a legend in winemaking circles. If you know your South African wines, chances are you’ve either enjoyed or coveted a bottle of Columella and Palladius – the signature blends that garnered Eben global success and drew the world’s attention to the singular terroir of the Swartland at…

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Where is the Swartland? A concise guide to South Africa’s maverick wine route

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jul 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

Where on earth is the Swartland? If you’ve been keeping your finger on the pulse of the South African wine industry over the last few years, chances are you’ve heard about the maverick wine route that’s been making waves somewhere along the west coast, and you’ve meant to get out here to see what the…

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Awaken your palate at Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate in the Riebeek Valley

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jun 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate in the Riebeek Valley is one of those historic South African farms that takes your breath away. It’s at once vibrant and innovative, and also inextricably woven into the very fabric of the Swartland. The estate as it stands at the foot of Kasteelberg today has been farmed in some…

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Three Fun things you can get up to at Pulpit Rock Winery this weekend

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jun 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’ve been looking for a great weekend day trip within 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, we’ve got just the spot – Pulpit Rock Winery in the Riebeek Valley is waiting to welcome you, and they’ve got a whole lot of fun things to see and do while you’re there.  The winery is the…

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Allesverloren: Danie Malan on losses, gains and the singular appeal of the Swartland

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | May 28, 2019 | 2 Comments

As the oldest estate in the Swartland, the fascinating history of Allesverloren in the Riebeek valley can be traced back all the way to the late-1600s, when this area was still the local version of the Wild West. We recently caught up Danie Malan, the fifth-generation Malan to farm on this legendary piece of land,…

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How to spot a premium olive oil and why you should always buy local

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | May 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Who’s keen on some good news about sunny South Africa? If you like to look on the bright side of life, we’ve got a beautiful piece of Afro-optimism to share with you. Get this – if you want to enjoy the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil, the very best thing you can do…

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Encounter heritage, history and adventure at Lammershoek in the Swartland

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | May 21, 2019 | 2 Comments

Lammershoek is a beautiful Swartland farm with a long and illustrious history that spans many centuries and generations. Today the name is synonymous with a range of exceptional wines, as well as the visionary attitudes and guidance of the trio of well-known German businessmen and Abold family who took the helm in 2013. Andreas and…

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Revel in the beauty of home-grown olive oil at the Olive Boutique in Riebeek Kasteel

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | May 1, 2019 | 2 Comments

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of spending some time in the twin hamlets of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West in the Swartland, you’ll know that the olive culture in this verdant little valley is alive and kicking. There are very few other places in South Africa where you can enjoy such an amazing variety…

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