Encounter heritage, history and adventure at Lammershoek in the Swartland

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | May 21, 2019 | 0 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 | 1 Comment

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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The wonderful health benefits of Swartland olive oils

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Apr 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Drizzled on dew-dappled salads, slathered in golden lashings on crusty ciabatta, whipped into a delicate aioli or doing its thing in a classic vinaigrette – there is no denying that olive oil is absolutely delicious and unbelievably versatile. Fortunately for all us oil snobs, it also happens to pack a mean nutritional punch.  Here are…

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Discover a foodie wonderland at Het Vlock Casteel in the Riebeek Valley

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Apr 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Foodies, assemble! If you have a sincere and unbridled love for all things delectable and delicious, there is one Swartland destination that needs a space of honour at the top of your must-visit list. Please allow us to introduce Het Vlock Casteel  – a beautiful family farm in Riebeek Kasteel where you can revel in…

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Fynbos Estate: Serene sanctuary in the heart of the Swartland

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

There are certain places in this world that hum with happy, healing energy – places where the frantic rat race of the world abates to allow space for joy to flood back in. Situated in a verdant and well-tended fold along one of the ridges of the Paardeberg in the Swartland, Fynbos Estate is such…

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The insider’s guide to the 2019 Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Mar 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The first weekend in May is always an immensely exciting one for the Swartland Wine- and Olive Route. This is when our region welcomes visitors from far and wide who come to eat, drink and be merry at the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival.  Last year’s event was cancelled due to the impact of the…

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How and where to enjoy an active weekend in the Swartland

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Feb 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the balmy days of summer start to give way to the lingering crispness of autumn in the Western Cape, there’s no more excuse – it’s time to put on a cap and a pair of takkies and make your way into one of the gorgeous landscapes that lie dotted around the Mother City. If…

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By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Feb 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

What is natural wine and is it really as amazing as its made out to be?  We met up with Jurgen Gouws from Intellego Wines in the Swartland of the Western Cape last week to chat about organic farming, natural wine and biodynamic farming principles in the dappled shade of an old oak tree next to his…

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Stay on a Swartland wine farm during harvest season!

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jan 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The holidays are over, the kids are back at school and now the good men and women of the Swartland wine tribe can go to work. It’s harvest season in the Swartland. Days start in the mottled pink of pre-dawn and continue into the dusk of dusty twilight as everyone works side by side to…

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The Definitive List of Swartland Bubblies You Should Be Sipping on This Summer

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Dec 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are you ready to celebrate Christmas and ring in the new year in style? There are a few Swartland MCCs and sparkling wines that should be gracing your table this festive season is you want to make a splash. Here’s the definitive list of Swartland bubblies you should be sipping on this summer: Méthode Cap…

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