Swartland Wine Route: Home of Wine & Olives
The Swartland Wine Route is home to over 20 wine farms, all of which have very distinct approaches to winemaking and flavours that come from their methods and passion. Some are exclusive, small cellars known as garagistes for their powerful, honest flavours, while others are commercial wine merchants who make wines for a bigger market.
The expansive Swartland region in South Africa, which includes the historic towns of Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeek West, Malmesbury, and Piketberg, is known for the diversity of its rural landscape and the warmth of its inhabitants. The area’s more than 20 wineries are linked by golden wheat fields, fruit orchards, rolling vineyards, and stretches of sunshine-yellow canola flowers, making driving from one to the next a scenic treat. Furthermore, the Swartland Region is unique in that visitors can combine wine and olive tasting here – many of the farms produce this cured, pitted fruit as well.
One of South Africa’s most promising and emerging wine areas is marked by terroir, heritage, diversity, and innovation. The region not only has a wide variety of soil types and microclimates, but it also has a broad range of winemaking methods.
The region’s wines are distinctive because of the harsh summer weather, the close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, and the warm winters with little rainfall. Although farmers are always experimenting with new grape types including Viognier, Malbec, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre, the region is most renowned for its superb Shiraz, Pinotage, and Chenin Blanc. Since Swartland’s terroir resembles that of the south of France, the soils and climate are also conducive to the development of premium Rhône varietals.
Become enchanted by a region that is home to some of the oldest vines in the nation, where undiscovered wine and olive farms are cherished, and where it is usual to be greeted at the door by farm owners who also tend the land.
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