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Harvest time in the winelands is always an exciting albeit challenging time in the wine industry. Here is some insightful feedback for in case you were wondering what to expect from the 2019 vintage.

The Sadie Family Wines

“This harvest is a tense and compact one. The quality is there, but you have to be on it the whole time.” – Paul Jordaan, winemaker at The Sadie Family Wines.

This year saw the first picking of grapes off the newly planted vineyards at The Sadie Family Wine’s cellar on the farm Rotsvas farm in the Paardeberg. It is a co-planted vineyard of: Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, Carignan, Cinsaut and Counoise.

Slangdraai Vineyard, Paardeberg

The Dune Vineyards of Dwarskersbos on the Swartland coastal stretch delivered amazing fruit this year and the first wines that are fermented dry, show amazing purity and fruit concentration.

The Dune Vineyards, Dwarskersbos

Tinta Barocca grapes, destined for the Treinspoor Single Vineyard wine made by The Sadie Family Wines

Pulpit Rock Winery

The wines are showing better and better by the day.” – Dewald Huisamen, winemaker at Pulpit Rock Winery.

The young Pinotage wines are showing quite intense red fruit characters with a very good tannin structure. The tannins at this early stage can be described as “soft & silky” – just what we want!

In general, the crop is smaller than the long-term average with regards to tonnage and yield per hectare. The drought of 2017 is still the main reason for the smaller crop. The winter of 2018 was good, followed by a normal spring season which should result in a special crop for 2020.


“Currently the tonnage of the 2019 vintage compares well to that of the 2018 harvest and the quality of the grapes looks good.” – Wilhelm de Vries, winemaker at Allesverloren

The harvest started slowly, peaked half way through the season and is now slowing down. The Tinta Barocca grapes from the dry land vineyards are looking promising, whilst the quality of the Shiraz grapes is also looking good.

                                                  Riebeek Valley Wine Co

“Die sappe in die kelder lyk belowend. Monsters in die wingerd en die in die tenke verskil heelwat. Suiker is soms hoër as verwagting.” - Claude Uren, Wingerdboukundige by Riebeek Valley Wine Co.

Dit was ‘n vinnige pars met heelwat uitdagings. Sommige kultivars het ongelyk ryp geword en daar was soms vreemde verskynsels in die wingerd, bv. waterlote wat druiwe dra en druiwe wat fisiologies ryp is, maar lae suiker-waardes het. Die area het ongekende koeler nagte beleef en die tipiese Februarie hittegolwe was afwesig.

Die hoeveelheid wit druiwe is omtrent dieselfde as in 2018 maar die rooi wyndruiwe is in die omgewing van so 20% af.

Swartland Winery Turns 70

Swartland Winery is celebrating 70 years of iconic wines this year! #SwartlandWineryTurns70

That’s right, 2019 marks Swartland Winery’s 70th year of winemaking, making them one of the oldest producers in South Africa’s renowned Swartland region. In 1948, the Swartland Winery was established with 15 members and in 1949, 70 years ago, the first harvest was pressed. It has been a rich and rewarding journey since then (though certainly not one without its challenges!), in which the winery has expanded both its local and international footprint and pioneered many “firsts” in the South African wine industry.

Swartland Winery is truly the home of bush vines. In addition to offering the ideal terroir for growing bush vines, the Swartland’s drier conditions result in smaller grape berries with increased levels of concentration. In other words - small berries, big taste!


Now that the wing grape harvest is almost done and dusted, our producers are preparing for the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2019. Yes, the festival is back with a bang!

Allesverloren, Riebeek-Wes

Riebeek Valley Wine Co

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Contact our office if you require information and top tips on what to see and do in our area. We are looking forward to welcoming you in the Swartland..

 Jolene Janse van Rensburg.

Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route
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