Must-Visit Swartland Olive Destinations for 2018/9 Festive Season

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Oct 16, 2018 |

The year is speeding to a close, and before you know it the December holidays will be upon us, which means there will be time to explore the wonderful Western Cape Winelands with friends and family. Looking for a novel experience or two to enjoy on your festive season excursions? If so, we highly recommend…

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Swartland Wine Farm Accommodation Destinations for Flower Season 2018

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Sep 18, 2018 |

Spring is officially here and the Swartland is slowly but surely bursting into bloom. If you’ve always wanted to make your way to this area to see the veld in all it’s springtime glory, we highly recommend that you make a weekend of it and do a little wine tasting while you’re at it. Here…

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Swartland’s agricultural workers recognised at 2018 Prestige Agri Awards

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Sep 7, 2018 |

The winners of the regional leg of the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards were announced this week and received recognition at an awards ceremony at the Goedgedacht reception centre outside on the Riebeeksrivier-road on the 7th of September. The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards are presented annually by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture…

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The inspiring story of Thembile Ntloko & his rise to success at Riebeek Cellars

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Aug 24, 2018 |

Not every hero’s story features a fearsome dragon and a swift white horse. Some heroic tales hinge on difficult circumstances and the ability to see the opportunity for growth when it presents itself. The story of Thembile Ntloko and his rise to success at Riebeek Cellars is one of the latter, and something that lies…

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Swartland Jongwynskou bring hulde aan 2018 se pronkwyne

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Aug 17, 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

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Aug 8, 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

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jul 13, 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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Hoe Johan Mostert van Nieuwedrift Per Ongeluk die Swartland se Dom Perignon Geword Het

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Jun 27, 2018 |

Johan Mostert van Nieuwedrift-wynlandgoed in die Swartland is wat die ou mense ‘n plaatjie sou noem. ‘n Spitsvondige, kwinksinnige kalant met ‘n vonkel in sy oog en ‘n vinnige, vlymskerp humorsin – gulhartig en altyd gereed met ‘n grappie (en ‘n glas van sy heerlike Méthode Cap Classique). Maar hoe het dit gekom dat ‘n vyfde-geslag…

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Riebeek Cellars’ Eric Mnyango Inspires with His Unquenchable Drive to Thrive

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | May 18, 2018 |

Riebeek Cellars has always prided itself on being a progressive wine company focussed on the innovative production of premium wine in a safe working environment where employees are encouraged to develop their skills, in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible and sustainable. Thandisizwe Eric Mnyango, current Senior Cellar Assistant at Riebeek Cellars, has…

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Pulpit Rock: The Modern-Day Wine Dynasty Founded on a Shoebox of Tobacco Cuttings

By Jolene Janse van Rensburg | Apr 13, 2018 |

Back in the mid-1600s, after an extremely long and tiring trek from the Cape of Good Hope, Pieter Cruythoff and his travelling party stood atop the Bothmanskloof pass and surveyed a valley rich in wonderment and beauty. Many followed in the years to come – to settle, to farm, to live and laugh, or to…

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