The Swartland Wine & Olive Route, 50km north of Cape Town, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has a lot to offer visitors.  While the scenery and hospitality of the area have – needing little improvement – remained unchanged over the past three decades, the area’s approaches to viticulture and winemaking standards, the sophistication and capacity of its cellars and the way it markets itself have come on in leaps and bounds.

Visitors can enjoy award-winning wines from producers Porterville, Riebeek, Swartland, Allesverloren and Winkelshoek from a variety of grapes such as Grenache Noir, Carignan, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, alongside Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.  As the route’s name suggests, olives are also a local attraction, with products such as olive oils, pickled olives, jams, chutneys and beauty products available with a special seal of authenticity.

 

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