Wine Estates of the Swartland

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Swartland Wine Estates

The Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route is the official name of the route established in the Swartland in 1986, and describes the taste bud phenomenon of this scenic paradise. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the hills and mountains, gold-hued wheat fields, and the blue Berg River, this really is a romantic retreat and wine-enthusiast’s Mecca.

There are about 20 wine farms along the Swartland Wine Route, each very different in their approach to wine making and the flavours that result from their methods and passion. Some are commercial wine merchants who produce wines for the larger market, others are exclusive little cellars, while still others are known as garagistes for their robust, honest flavours.

Historical farms using a combination of traditional and modern technology make for especially fascinating viewing. The tasting rooms and cellars are, in general, open to the public to tour and to experience the wines that hail from this beautiful Western Cape region. Some of these wineries include Allesverloren, Org de Rac Organic Wines, Riebeek Cellars and Swartland Winery.

For the best results, the vineyards have been planted close to the banks of the Berg River and at the foot of the surrounding mountains. As such, they are being grown under dryland conditions, in which they are thriving and producing flavours that are not created anywhere else in the world. Although the area was once known only for its robust reds and full-bodied dessert wines, it is now producing respected quaffing wines and ports.

For more information about this wine route see Swartland Wine Route or view the individual wine estates of this region below.

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Click on the wine glass on the map above to view details about the wine estate, or view the comprehensive list below of all wine-related things to do in the Swartland.
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Where to Stay in Swartland

The Swartland region offers numerous overnighting options, including accommodation in Eendkuil, Hermon, Koringberg, Malmesbury, Moorreesburg, Piketberg, Porterville, Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, so whether you prefer to stay in an hotel, cosy B&B or a self catering holiday home, you're sure to find an establishment to suit your requirements.

Western Cape Attractions

Swartland Wine Route: Wine Estates & Tastings

Babylon's Peak Private Cellar

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

The winemaker of Babylon’s Peak Private Cellar is Stephan Basson. The cellar is built on the farm, Nooitgedacht, which the Bassons have ... more information

Roundstone Wine Estate

Where: Riebeek Kasteel
How much (per person): Price on request

This quaint wine farm can be found deep within the Swartland. It rests on the slopes of the Kasteelberg with a glimpse of the iconic Table ... more information

Org de Rac Domain

Where: Piketberg
How much (per person): R1 to R100

Once you’ve crossed the Berg River in the direction of Piketberg along the N7, you will notice vineyards stretching up the hillside and ... more information

Meerhof Wines

Where: Riebeek Kasteel
How much (per person): Price on request

In 1751, Meerhof Winery and Cellar began. You’ll find it on the Wynkeldershoek Farm in the Swartland and its owner is Cobus Kotze. The ... more information

Franki's Vineyards

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

Franki's Vineyards were first established in 2004 and their wines bottled in 2007. Nestled between Malmesbury and Darling, the views from ... more information

Mullineux Family Wines

Where: Riebeek Kasteel
How much (per person): Price on request

In the heart of the wild and beautiful Swartland is a small family winery producing fine hand-crafted wines. In an area that is challenging ... more information

Withington Wines

Where: Darling
How much (per person): Price on request

Withington Wines are situated in the heart of Darling and follow in the footsteps of many a wine merchant in UK and France. They act as a ... more information

Dragonridge Winery

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

Fynbos Estate produces about 200 tons of grapes each year, half of which are sent to Swartland Winery. The rest is used to craft small ... more information

Swartland Wines

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

The Swartland Co-operative was founded by 15 members and the Swartland Winery was established. When Jan van Riebeeck first saw the land and ... more information

Badenhorst Family Wines

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

Hailing as the winemaker for Rustenberg, Adi Badenhorst decided to branch out on his own to establish AA Badenhorst Family Wines. He has ... more information

Lammershoek Wine Cellar

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

Lammershoek means ‘lamb’s corner’ and is said to owe its name to the sheep and their lambs who sought safety and shelter in the forests ... more information

Riebeek Cellars

Where: Riebeek Kasteel
How much (per person): R1 to R100

Up against the slopes of Kasteelberg in the arms of the Riebeek Valley is Riebeek Cellar. With a Mediterranean typical of the Western Coast ... more information

Kloovenburg Wine Estate

Where: Riebeek Kasteel
How much (per person): Price on request

Energy and enthusiasm, purpose and vision. The Du Toits of Kloovenburg have these - by the barrelful. Enough to achieve the high standards ... more information

Allesverloren Wine Estate

Where: Riebeek West
How much (per person): R1 to R100

Allesverloren dates back to the the 17th century and is one of the oldest estates in the Swartland. The Malan family have owned it since ... more information

Tukulu Wines

Where: Darling
How much (per person): Price on request

Tukulu wine was launched in 1999 and gets its name from the deep red Tukulu soils where the magic happens and these grapes are grown. It ... more information

Nieuwedrift Vineyards

Where: Piketberg
How much (per person): R1 to R100

A family who have been in the wine grape farming business since 1965 is the Mostert family. Before you meet Johan and Karin Mostert, you ... more information

Winkelshoek Wynkelders

Where: Piketberg
How much (per person): R1 to R100

When travelling along the N7, why not stop off the Winkelshoek Wine Cellar. You’ll recognise it by its thatch-roof and know that you’re in ... more information

Pulpit Rock Winery

Where: Riebeek West
How much (per person): R1 to R100

In 1918 Grandpa Brink was offered a job as winemaker of Groot Constantia which he declined as wasn’t the right time and the family longed ... more information

Annex Kloof Wines

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

The tale of Annex Kloof Wines began when Mattys Basson first planted vineyards in 1907 and began producing wine in 1910. Hugo Bassoon ... more information

Abbotts Hill Wines

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

Abbotts Hill Wines are produced on Hillcrest Farm. It all began from the owner’s initial passion for red wine. He had the desire to ... more information

Nassua Winery

Where: Malmesbury
How much (per person): Price on request

Nassau Winery is one of the wineries situated south of Malmesbury, the main business centre of the Swartland. It lies on the Lambrecht’s ... more information

Wine Tasting at Het Vlock Casteel

Where: Riebeek Kasteel
How much (per person): Price on request

When in Riebeek Kasteel, visit the home of award winning wines and olives at Het Vlock Casteel and take part in wine tasting, olive oil ... more information

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There are over 560 wineries in the Cape, divided into 4 main regions: The Breede River Valley, The Little Karoo, Coastal and Olifants River.

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