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Swartland: Results of the Michelangelo International Wine - & Spirits Awards

Hofstraat Kelder in Malmesbury was crowned as the 2018 Garagist Winery of the year at the Michelangelo International Wine- & Spirits Awards for the 7th time. Their Renosterbos Nebbiolo was the winning wine in this category. Congratulations to the dynamic power couple Wim and Karin Smit on this achievement.

A number of wines form the Swartland region was awarded double gold and gold medals:

Double Gold
Pulpit Rock Brink Family Pinotage
Pulpit Rock Louisa (a Cape blend)
Swartland Winery Bush Vine Syrah
Swartland Bush Vine Pinotage


Het Vlock Casteel Merlot
Org de Rac Chardonnay
Org de Rac Shiraz/ Merlot
Pulpit Rock Brink Family Chardonnay
Riebeek Cellars Chenin Blanc
Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Pinotage
Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Shiraz
Swartland Bush Vine Chenin Blanc
Swartland Winemakers Collection Granite Rock
Swartland White Jerepigo

For a complete list of the competition results click on the following link : https://maiwsa.co.za/

The Swartland at Cape Wine 2018

A total of 20 producers from the Swartland represented the region on the regional stand at an successful Cape Wine 2018. Cape Wine is a wine industry trade show, which was hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 12-14 September 2018.
International guests were also entertained at two regional events in Malmesbury, a Swartland Street Market event at the new Bill & Co venue and an informal bowls day at the local Malmesbury Bowls Club.

Swartland's agricultural workers recognised at 2018 Prestige Agri Awards

The winners of the regional leg of the 2018 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards were announced in September and received recognition at an awards ceremony at the Goedgedacht reception centre outside on the Riebeeksrivier-road.

The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards are presented annually by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in partnership with Shoprite, in an attempt to recognise agricultural workers' valuable contribution to the sustainable growth of the South African agricultural sector. What started as a regional competition with 36 entries in the Hex River Valley in 2002, has now grown to a national event with 1200+ entries from 15 separate regions.

Agricultural workers are nominated in one of eleven categories by employers, management teams, farm committees or co-workers, after which each entry is evaluated according to its individual merits by a panel of agricultural experts, that also conduct interviews with the competitors to test their knowledge in their respective fields.

The Swartland's category winners will compete against the Western Cape's other regional winners, after which the overall Prestige Agri Awards winners will be announced at a gala event on the 3rd of November 2018.

Good luck to the category winners that will be representing the Swartland at the provincial competition .

Read the blog article on the Swartland Wine- & Olive Route website for the names of the winners:


     The Olive Boutique in Riebeek Kasteel to host an Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
     Experience in November

Enjoy and learn while you taste 6 extraordinary courses of gourmet food, enhanced by the taste and sensory analysis of selected olive oils, demonstrated with each dish and paired with selected wines.

Taste limited edition wines from an “alternative” Swartland wine maker who employs organic farming practices and unaltered wine making processes to produce natural, unfined, unfiltered wines.
For more information and to book you seat follow this link:
or contact Tel: 022 448 1368

The Swartland Heritage Festival in Paternoster

Swartland Winery's Fortified Wine Promotion now on

Stock up on fortified wines from Swartland Winery until the end of October 2018 and enjoy a saving of 20% at the cellar door! Contact +27 22 482 1134 for more info.

New Restaurant Hours for Nieuwedrift Vineyards

                             Pulpit Rock Winery opens a new Snack Bar

Pulpit Rock Winery in Riebeek West boasts a new Snack Bar at their tasting room.
Opening on the 6th of October 2018 the opening hours will be Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 09:00 to 16:00.


They are also hosting a Walk & Wine Festival on Saturday 3 November 2018. The festival will include a hike along their brand new hiking trail and the launch of their new Brink Family Vineyard wines. Contact Mignon to book your ticket at e-mail: mignon@pulpitrock.co.za

4x4 Epic Adventures – Enthusiasts must be mindful of the risks

Cape Town, Monday, 10 September 2018: Many 4x4 enthusiasts will agree that South and Southern Africa have an off-road culture unlike anywhere else in the world. The attraction of spectacular natural vistas, with brilliant night skies and absolute silence have become the ultimate getaway for many. .
But before you head out on your epic adventure, a leading insurer says along with the fun, come the risks, and it is a good idea to check exactly what you’re covered for should your trip see you stuck in the mud, stuck for a mechanic or up a creek without a paddle.

What does a standard 4x4 insurance policy cover?
Marius Steyn, Underwriting manager at Santam, says most specialist 4x4 insurance cover differs in terms of the following criteria:
• When you cross South African borders;
• Unforeseen events; and
• Bringing your car back into South Africa

“Also ensure that your insurance cover makes provision for winching equipment which you’ll need in the event of sudden and unforeseen mechanical and electrical breakdown, failure or breakage of the winching equipment of the vehicle.

“If your vehicle is accidentally damaged, some insurers will pay the reasonable cost of returning your 4x4 vehicle to South Africa, if it is accidently damaged,” says Steyn.

What do 4x4 drivers typically get exposed to?
Steyn explains that consumers have been exposed to, or reported the following incidents:
• Political instability or unrest (like riot or strike) in a country;
• Theft or attempted theft of vehicle or accessories;
• Attacks from wild life; and
• Inappropriate road surfaces or non-existent roads.

What are some of the biggest (and less notable) risks insurers need to consider when insuring off-road adventures?
The biggest risk with respect to off-road adventure is the overturning of a 4x4 vehicle. The best insurers make use of the world-class rating methodology to determine the rates on different types of 4x4 vehicles and the way in which the risk is calculated and adjusted accordingly.

What can adventurers do to protect themselves from each of these risks?
Steyn advises it is important to make sure your 4x4 is ready for the off-road before attempting any routes. Always ensure that your 4x4 vehicle is properly equipped to perform on the chosen terrain (i.e. vehicle capability).

Use these tips to driving experience so that you are not caught off guard:
• Check the basics - check the air filter and the air filter box for debris.
• Check all joints and the tires - Check all your ball joints, tie rods ends and wheel bearings and tyres.
 • Shocks - Check your shocks for signs of leakage or damage or just plain worn out.
• Plan the trip / inform others - Tell those that should know where you are going. Give your itinerary to friends and family, plus officials in the area you’re off-roading in. This ensures you can easily be located should something go wrong.
• Make sure of the weather • Food / water - Bring plenty of food and drink.
• Fill the gas tank prior to every trip. Always carry your extra fuel outside the vehicle.
• Jumper cables
• Belts, hoses and jack - Make sure you have a working jack and know how to use it.
• First aid and flashlight
• Puncture repair kit
• Compressor to inflate tyres
• An extra spare wheel
• Spade
• Water purification tablets
• Ensure you’re sufficiently insured:
       - Opt for tailor-made insurance that covers all the extensions and services you require – like emergency
         repairs, wreckage removal and repatriation expenses.
       - Make sure your policy also covers the vehicle contents – like your fridge, bed, rooftop tent and other 
        - And consider opting for guaranteed value insurance offering that removes any uncertainty about what
          you can expect as compensation during a total vehicle loss. For a small addition to your monthly
          premium the insurer offers a specific limit of compensation in the event a car is written off or stolen
          without being recovered. So if you select a Guaranteed Value of R300 000, that’s what you’ll be paid

Ons sien uit daarna om jou in die Swartland te ontvang.
Jolene Janse van Rensburg.

Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route
Tel: 022 487 1133
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