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.

22 Wine Estates in the Swartland

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Riebeek Kasteel Wine Tours & Tasting

Kloovenburg Wine Estate

Energy and enthusiasm, purpose and vision. The Du Toits of Kloovenburg have these - by the barrelful. Enough to achieve the high standards they have set for their wines - and enough to maintain a proud family ...

Riebeek Kasteel Wine Tours & Tasting

Wine Tasting at Het Vlock Casteel

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 tasting and fruit tours. Other produce available are award winning olives, ...

Malmesbury Wine Tours & Tasting

Dragonridge Winery

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 quantities of hand-crafted wines under the Dragonridge label. The name ...

Piketberg Wine Tours & Tasting

Winkelshoek Wynkelders

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 the Swartland. It’s at the northern entrance to Piketberg and nestled ...

Piketberg Wine Tours & Tasting

Org de Rac Domain

Once you’ve crossed the Berg River in the direction of Piketberg along the N7, you will notice vineyards stretching up the hillside and know that you’ve arrived at Org de Rac Wine Estate. Their focus is a one on ...

Piketberg Wine Tours & Tasting

Nieuwedrift Vineyards

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 will be greated by the wine god Bacchus who decorates the front door of the ...

Riebeek West Wine Tours & Tasting

Pulpit Rock Winery

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 to make their own wine. His son, Ernst, was one of the largest pig farmers ...

Riebeek Kasteel Wine Tours & Tasting

Riebeek Cellars

Up against the slopes of Kasteelberg in the arms of the Riebeek Valley is Riebeek Cellar. With a Mediterranean typical of the Western Coast and fertile soil of the valley, it could only mean that the grapes have ...

Riebeek West Wine Tours & Tasting

Allesverloren Wine Estate

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 1872 when Daniël Francois Malan took over the farm which was used to ...

Riebeek Kasteel Wine Tours & Tasting

Meerhof Wines

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 Swartland gets its name from the indigenous ‘rhinoceros bush’ which is black in ...

Malmesbury Wine Tours & Tasting

Swartland Wines

The Swartland Co-operative was founded by 15 members and the Swartland Winery was established. When Jan van Riebeeck first saw the land and all its indigenous black vegetation ‘renosterbos’, he named the area ...

Riebeek Kasteel Wine Tours & Tasting

Roundstone Wine Estate

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 Mountain in the distance. This farm can only be found off the beaten ...

Riebeek Kasteel Wine Tours & Tasting

Mullineux Family Wines

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 to grow vines with an abundance of hills, Paardeberg and Picketberg ...

Malmesbury Wine Tours & Tasting

Abbotts Hill Wines

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 produce wines that would be recognizable as from the Malmesbury Region. 10 ...

Malmesbury Wine Tours & Tasting

Annex Kloof Wines

The tale of Annex Kloof Wines began when Mattys Basson first planted vineyards in 1907 and began producing wine in 1910. Hugo Bassoon followed in his great-grandfather’s footsteps and also made wine from 2005. ...

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