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A new look for the Swartland Wine & Olive Route

The Swartland Wine & Olive Route will be 34 years old in 2020 and it is time for a new look!

The new logo of the Route was recently revealed at a media event held at The Barn in Riebeek Kasteel and at the Swartland Producers Street Party. The new logo resembles an old school basket press that speaks to the history of both the wine and olive industries as well as the authenticity and hands-on approach of the producers in the region.

The Swartland performs brilliantly in the 2020 Platter Guide

In the 2020 edition of the Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide, a total of 125 wines and one brandy achieved the coveted 5-star rating. This accolade is reserved for wines that are “South African classics” and score 95 points or more in the internationally recognised 100-point scale.

Mullineux Wines received the Top Performing Winery of the Year award, giving this Swartland based powerhouse an incredible and record breaking fourth title as Platter’s Winery of the Year. In the new guide, Mullineux achieve a remarkable five 5-star ratings plus two Wines of the Year – their Granite Syrah 2017 and Straw Wine 2018.

Platter’s 2020 5-Star Wines from the Swartland
(those marked with a * were the highest-scoring 5-star wines in their category – representing the Platter’s Wines of the Year)

Grenache Noir
*Sadie Soldaat 2018
Shiraz/ Syrah
Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2017
*Mullineux Granite Syrah 2017
Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017
Mullineu Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017
Rall Ava Syrah 2018

Chenin Blanc
AA Badenhorst Kelder Steen 2018
AA Badenhorst Dassiekop Steen 2018
David & Nadia 2018
David & Nadia Hoë Steen 2018
David & Nadia Plat’bos 2018
David & Nadia Skaliekop 2018
*Rall Ava 2018
Sadie Mev. Kirsten 2018
Sadie Skurfberg 2018

White Blends, Other
Leeuwenkuil Reserve White 2017
Mullineux Old Vines 2018
Rall White 2018
*Sadie Palladius 2017
Stadie ‘T Voetpad 2018
Vin de Paille
*Mullineux Straw Wine 2018

For more details view the website www.wineonaplatter.co.za

Danie Malan awarded the 2019 Chairman’s Trophy

Danie Malan, the owner and cellar master at Allesverloren Wine Estate, was recently awarded the Santam Swartland Wine- & Olive Route Chairman’s Trophy. The trophy is awarded to a person and / or organisation that have done exceptional work to promote the Swartland as a quality wine or olive production area.

Danie is the 5th generation Malan on Allesverloren. Allesverloren was one of the founding member of the Swartland Wine Route in 1986 and Danie has served as Chairperson of the Route from 2007 until 2013. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Route for 10 years.

In 1998 Danie was awarded the Diner’s Club Winemaker of the year award for an Allesverloren Shiraz 1986 and in 2010 he received the Golden Glass Award in Sweden as Sweden’s International Wine Maker of the Year. He was specifically praised for consistently producing quality wines made from Portuguese grape cultivars.

Hermias Hugo (Chairperson: Swartland Wine & Olive Route); Danie Malan (Allesverloren); Dennis Geldenhuys (Santam); Etienne Botes (Efficient Wealth)

The Olive Boutique - Award Winning Olive Oil Producer

The Olive Boutique is a proudly South African, Olive Oil, Olive and Vinegar Tasting Bar located in Riebeek Kasteel, in the Riebeek Valley offering a range of high quality, boutique, extra virgin olive oils, fermented fruit vinegars, gourmet table olives, olive pastes, seasoning salts and olive oil based body care products.

Earlier this year the Olive Boutique were awarded a gold medal for their Coratina (intense flavour profile), a silver medal for their Frantoio (delicate flavour profile) and a bronze medal for their Frantoio/ Leccino (medium flavour profile) olive oils at the prestigious SA Olive Awards.

The SA Olive Awards were created to honour the olive oil industry in South Africa. The competition will only accept registrations from entrants with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) produced in the current season exclusively. Entries must be 100% South African and made by South African producers registered with SA Olive. The entries can be either individual producers or retailers selling EVOO from South African producers as their house brands.

Visit the tasting room of the Olive Boutique in Riebeek Kasteel from Mon – Fri 09:00-16:00 and Sat & Sun 10:00-14:00 for a unique tasting experience.

For more information on the awards view this website: https://www.saolive.co.za/sa-olive-awards

Cybercrime and Wine Tourism in the spotlight

The Swartland Wine & Olive Route recently hosted an Information Session at Allesverloren, sponsored by Santam Agriculture. The topics under discussion included Cybercrime and Wine Tourism.


Simon Colman, the Executive Head of Stalker, Hutchison & Associates (SHA), gave hospitality role players some handy tips on how to prevent falling victim to cybercrime. According to him the biggest problem is between the computer and the chair, in other words the person sitting in front of the computer. All staff members with access to the internet should be informed about phishing e-mails and the risk of clicking on suspicious links. Using different passwords for different online platforms is imperative. He also warned against the risk of using free online virus protection programs as they are often outdated and not effective. Business owners were advised to talk to their Brokers to find out more about how to ensure themselves against cybercrime.

Afrikaans speaking readers can read this online article published in Die Courant to find out more here.

Wine Tourism

Wine Tourism was identified as a key pillar of Vinpro’s WISE Project (Wine Industry Strategic Exercise) to drive economic growth. In 2017 a Wine Tourism Strategy were was approved, a Visit Winelands campaign were launched shortly afterwards and a Wine Tourism Manager were was appointed in January 2018. According to the appointed Wine Tourism Manager, Marisah Nieuwoudt, there are major opportunities to unlock wine tourism, as there are a direct link between the top international export markets for wine and South Africa’s major tourism markets. One of the key projects that has been recently launched includes a Wine Tourism toolkit for the industry. The Toolkit is available for download from www.vinpro.co.za. In January 2020 a Skills Audit survey will be kicked-off.

Jolene Janse van Rensburg (Swartland Wine & Olive Route); Marisah Nieuwoudt (Vinpro: Tourism Manager); Bertus Kloppers (Santam: Boland Regional Manager) and Simon Colman (Executive Head: SHA Underwriters)
 – photograph courtesy of Die Courant, Malmesbury

Tasting Room Staff visits Tulbagh

It is important for us to learn from other role players in the industry and to stay informed of what our neighbouring wine regions are up to. To address this the tasting room staff of the wineries in the Swartland recently visited the Tulbagh Wine Valley. Thank you to Tulbagh Wine Route for hosting us, and in particular we would like to thank Patty Nieuwoudt, the manager of the Tulbagh Wine Route.

Raise a glass to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines as they join the best in the world with their Top 100 Wineries Achievement

Congratulations to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, on being the only South African winery to be included in the prestigious American publication, Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Wineries of 2019.

Each year the panel and critics of Wine & Spirits blind-taste, review and score more than 15 000 wines from around the world, the most distinguished of which are shared with their readers. The Top 100 Wineries list for the year includes those that achieve the highest scores and consistency of performance across their range of wines for the year.

The wines that helped Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines achieve this rare accolade include their 97 point Mullineux Straw Wine 2017 and the 96 point Mullineux Schist Syrah 2016.

Their Kloof Street and Mullineux ranges, based on Chenin Blanc, Syrah and various Rhone cultivars, are produced in the Swartland on Roundstone Farm, and aim to present a true expression of this special region from grapes best suited to the terroirs they are planted in.

Visitors can taste wines from the Mullineux Signature and Single Terroir ranges, along with the flagship portfolio of the Leeu Passant winery at the elegant Wine Studio situated on Leeu Estates in Franschoek, open seven days a week.

Christmas lunch at Allesverloren

We would like to wish everyone a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2020. Celebrate life with a glass of the Swartland’s best this holiday season.

Be safe on the roads and remember…no drinking and driving.

Jolene Janse van Rensburg.
Wine Route Manager

Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route
Tel: 022 487 1133
Telefax: 022 487 2063
Fax2email: 086 211 0121

Proudly sponsored by Santam Agriculture