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The Swartland takes on Namibia

Wines from the Swartland perform at Decanter

Swartland Wine- and Olive Route’s new management wants to promote region’s jewels


Riebeek Cellars’ performance at recent wine competitions

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival: 3-5 May 2013

Afbakeningskomitee vergadering oor Wynstreke

Father's day at Allesverloren






Bullets033.gifThe Swartland takes on Namibia

Representatives from the Swartland region recently attended the very successful Namibia Tourism Expo in Windhoek under the umbrella of the Santam Swartland Wine- & Olive Route.    It was a very busy expo and a wonderful opportunity to promote our olives and wines to the people of Namibia.   

Riebeek Cellars, Kloovenburg Vineyards, Org de Rac, AnnexKloof, Babylon’s Peak and Swartland Winery participated in the promotion.   The team also presented a regional Swartland Wine Tasting for the local trade at the warehouse of Barrel & Grove in Windhoek on the evening before the start of the Expo.   Die Republikein, a local newspaper, featured both the regional tasting and a photograph of the team of representatives.

Willie Liebenberg from Kloovenburg hard at work at the Namibian Expo


 Liam Viljoen from Vil’Olien Olives at the Namibian Expo

Nelda van Zyl from Org de Rac at the Swartland-region wine tasting - Barrel & Grove, Windhoek


Bullets033.gifWines from the Swartland perform at Decanter

Wines form our region participated against a record number of entries, 14362 wines, at the recent international Decanter World Wine Awards.   A total of 3 Silver and 7 Bronze medals were awarded to wines from the Swartland region.


Allesverloren Touriga Nacional 2011
Badenhorst Family Wines Duiker 2012
Swartland Winery Eagle Crest Shiraz-Malbec 2011


Badenhorst Family Wines Duiker 2011
Kloovenburg Shiraz 2011
Org de Rac Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Org de Rac Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2012
Swartland Winery Eagle Crest Tinta Barocca 2011
Swartland Wines Bush Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Swartland Wines Bush Vine Shiraz 2010M

Bullets033.gifSwartland Wine- and Olive Route’s new management wants to promote region’s jewels


Swartland Wine- and Olive Route’s new management wants to promote region’s jewels

“Our region is very dynamic and filled with jewels. It has so much to offer visitors, not only in terms of wine and olives, but also as far as accommodation options and restaurants are concerned. And we have the ideal climate for people to enjoy the Swartland throughout the year.”

This is the view of Stephan Basson of Babylon’s Peak, newly-elected chairman of the Santam Swartland Wine and Olive Route. The Swartland comprises the historic towns of Malmesbury, Piketberg, Porterville, Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, and stretches from the rolling hills of die Paardeberg in the south to the enticing waters of the Berg River in the north.

Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West lie at the foot of the Kasteelberg mountain in the picturesque Riebeek Valley.

“Our region is rich,” explains Stephan, “It’s rich in golden wheatfields in summer and mint green in winter, green vineyards in summer bursting with the promise of yet another memorable vintage which turn into various shades of autumn when winter approaches, fruit orchards and olive groves, interspersed with sheep and cattle farms. It’s also a region rich in fynbos, from proteas to ericas, and birds. It’s rich in history.”

The Swartland has garnered an enviable reputation over the years for its almost unmatched rural hospitality, quality wines and olives.  The newly-elected management wants to build on this.

“Our region has a Mediterranean climate which makes it ideal for the production of olive products and wine.   Rhone grape cultivars does exceptionally well in the Swartland.   Our region is an ideal end destination throughout the year. If good food, good wine and good accommodation isn’t enough for you, our region offers a wide range of activities for adrenalin junkies. Hikers, cyclists and mountain bikers have a host of trails to choose from, and so have 4x4 enthusiasts, while those looking for more challenging activities will find more than enough opportunity for canoeing, clay-pidgeon shooting, horse-riding, hang-gliding and paragliding. And then we also have very popular festivals.”

Apart from Stephan, the following members have been elected to the new management:

 Pieter du Toit (Kloovenburg) – Vice Chairman
Andre Engelbrecht (Riebeek Cellar) – Finance
Corrien Basson (Leeuwenkuil) – Technical
Nelda van Zyl (Org de Rac) and Alta Saaiman (Riebeek Cellar) – Marketing
Additional members – Morne Le Roux (Swartland Wynkelder) and Erica Joubert (Franki’s Vineyard)


Bullets033.gifRiebeek Cellars’ performance at recent wine competitions

Results for the 20th Councours Mondial de Bruxelles, which was held from 10-12 May 2013 in Bratislava, Slovakia.  This year 8200 wines were judged by the international tasting panel for this competition.

· Riebeek Reserve Pinotage 2011Silver medal
· Kasteelberg Chenin Blanc 2010
Silver medal
· Kasteelberg Shiraz 2011
Gold medal

This year 4360 wines from 28 countries participated in the 2013 Challenge International du Vin competition held in France. The following medals were awarded to wines form Riebeek Cellars.

· A Few Good Men Chardonnay 2010Silver medal
· Kasteelberg Chenin Blanc 2010
Bronze medal
· Kasteelberg Shiraz 2011
Gold medal

Bullets033.gifRiebeek Valley Olive Festival: 3-5 May 2013

The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2013, held during the first weekend in May, was a huge success with an estimate of 25 000 visitors enjoying the hospitality of the Swartland.    Almost 10 000 passports were sold.
The weather played along nicely and visitors could fully experience all that the Valley has to offer.   Potjiekos at Pulpit Rock, live music at Allesverloren, the market at Kloovenburg, Het Vlok Casteel tractor rides and the rock band at Riebeek Cellars is but to name a few of the things that was on offer.
Not to mention the Sarah Theron and Sarel from Sabie show!   For more information about the Riebeek Valley visit


Bullets033.gifAfbakeningskomitee vergadering oor Wynstreke

 Die Afbakeningskomitee van die Wyn- & Spiritusraad het onlangs die wynprodusente in die Swartland en Darling-omgewing toegespreek oor die voorstelle tans op die tafel vir die nuwe afbakening van wynstreke binne die Wyn van Oorsprong sisteem. Afbakening van oorsprong areas geskied volgens 'n hierargie: enkel wingerd, wynlandgoed, wyk, distrik en streek.
Wyn van Oorsprong is baie belangrik, want dit beskerm die produsent sowel as die verbruiker. Wanneer die term Wyn van oorsprong of the afkorting WO, saam met die naam van 'n produksie area, bv. Swartland, Darling, Durbanville, ens. op 'n etiket verskyn, bevestig dit dat 100% van die druiwe waarvan die wyn gemaak is van daardie spesifieke area afkomstig is. Die Wyn- van Oorsprong sisteem bepaal die grense van die wyke, wyndistrikte, wynstreke, ens.

Daar word tans voorgestel dat daar onder 'n oorkoepelende streek, drie afsonderlike streke afgebaken word, nl. Kaap Weskus, Kaap Kus en Kaap Suid-Kus. Die voorgestelde grense is wetenskaplik bepaal deur o.a. te kyk na die maritime invloed van die Atlantiese oseaan (verskil tussen dag- en nag temperature), die verskil in wynstyl profiele asook bestaande bergreekse en riviere. Die grense van die nuwe voorgestelde Kaap Weskus-streek beïnvloed die wynprodusente in die Swartland en Darling-omgewing. Spesifiek wyn gemaak van druiwe wat uit die Piketberg/ Porterville omgewing kom sal in die toekoms dalk nie meer daarop kan aanspraak maak dat die wyn uit 'n Kusstreek kom nie.

Die Wyn- & Spiritusraad is nog besig om met die industrie te konsulteer oor die spesifieke grenslyne van die voorgestelde streke. Kommentaar en/of navrae kan gerig word aan Jackie Cupido van die Wyn- & Spiritusraad by Tel: 021 807 5704 en epos: cupidoj@sawis.co.za

Op die foto van links na regs:

Dawid Saaiman, Jan Booysen, Jackie Cupido (Wyn- & Spiritusraad), Chris Mullineux (Mullineux Family Wines), Duimpie Bayley (Voorsitter: Wyn- Spiritusraad), Zakkie Bester (Riebeek Kelder), Heinrich Sloms (Wyn- &


Bullets033.gifFather's day at Allesverloren

Spoil Dad this Father's Day at Allesverloren with a scrumptious meal:

Father’s Day Lunch – Buffet


Butternut & Feta Soup served with fresh bread


Roasted Sirloin
Sweet & Sour Pork Rib Pot
Red Thai Chicken Curry
Green Beans
Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
Oven Roasted Sweet Pumpkin
 Mediterranean Veggies
 Roasted Potatoes


Variety of Cold & Hot Desserts


Allesverloren Function Venue
Sunday: 16 June 2013
Time: From 12h30

Bookings Essential

Bertus – 073 017 4402
Cash Bar Available

R165.00 per person
R75.00 children under 12
Children under 6 - free


You are invited to taste our deliciously diverse wines, sample some olives and enjoy our way of life!

Jolene Janse van Rensburg

Santam Swartland Wine and Olive Route


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