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The wines of the Swartland are fast becoming a national and international phenomenon. With nicknames such as “Baby Jesus”, “Elvis” and “Harry Potter”, the region’s winemakers are gaining cult status.
A panel of 29 distinguished local and international wine writers and sommeliers recently selected South Africa’s top 20 wineries. Not only do three out of the top 20 hail from the Swartland, but numbers one and two (Mullineux and Sadie) are natives of the region.
Mullineux was John Platter’s 2014 winery of the year. The 2015 honour belongs to Sadie.
Mullineux’s cellar is, in fact, slap bang in the centre of the village of Riebeek Kasteel.
The Swartland winemakers have long been known as wine revolutionaries; using the region's unique terroir and minimum intervention to produce wines of extraordinary quality.
The trademark varietals of the Swartland are chenin blanc and shiraz.
The region is a treasure trove of old chenin vines that cover the slopes of Kasteelberg and Perdeberg.
One of the central figures of the Swartland wine revolution is local winemaker Anton Espost, who is also the owner of the unique Wine Collective shop in Short Street.
We have also ventured to Tulbagh, just a stonethrow from Riebeek Kasteel, that is producing some of the finest wines in the region. We have added delectable labels like Saronsberg to our wine list.