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The Swartland region is part of the Western Cape region of South Africa.


Map of Swartland
  • 1 Abbotsdale Abbotsdale on Wikipedia
  • 2 Chatsworth Chatsworth, Western Cape on Wikipedia
  • 3 Darling — famous for its wildflowers and the annual Darling Wildflower show
  • 4 Malmesbury — the area is known for its grain and wine cultivation, and for its sheep and poultry farming
  • 5 Moorreesburg — the breadbasket of the Western Cape hosts one of only three wheat museums in the world
  • 6 Kalbaskraal Kalbaskraal on Wikipedia
  • 7 Koringberg
  • 8 Riebeek-Kasteel — one of the oldest European towns of South Africa, it was named one of the three most beautiful towns of the Western Cape in 2009
  • 9 Riebeek West Riebeek West on Wikipedia
  • 10 Yzerfontein — a fishing village known for its west coast hospitality, long beach, spring flowers and beautiful views


17th-century Dutch navigator Jan van Riebeeck called this softly undulating country between the mountain ranges "Het Zwarte Land" (the Black Land) because of the endemic Renosterbos (Elytropappus rhinocerotis). After the rains, mainly in winter, the Renosterbos takes on a dark appearance when viewed from the distance in large numbers. This is due to the fine leaf-hairs adhering to the leaves when wet.

The wide fertile plain is the bread basket of Cape Town with its wheat fields reaching up to the foot of the mountains, interrupted by wine, fruit, and vegetable farms.

The Swartland is also home to the oldest colonial hotel of South Africa, the Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel.

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Viticulture in the Swartland is still comparatively young but a growing number of focused producers have moved here, resulting in the region rising in popularity in the last decade to become one of the most fashionable wine areas in South Africa. Viticulture is commonly practised under dryland conditions, with minimal irrigation, which is also made possible by the large number of hectares of old vines that grow here and require less maintenance.

On the Swartland Wine Route, wine farms may be visited and their products sampled, and there are regular events through the year to promote the region and its wineries.

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