A Day in the Country
Wine, great estates, divine food and heavenly scenery meld
into one glorious tapestry in this enchanting journey of discovery.
This tour will take you through the wheatfields of the
Swartland and we will visit delightful villages such as Riebeeck Kasteel
It is an all year round destination. The climate is
Mediterranean. The summers are hot. Winters are pleasant and mild.
The Swartland begins some 50 kilometres north of Cape Town
and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the
south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West
and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Jan van Riebeek called this softly
undulating land between mighty mountain ranges "Het Zwarte Land" (the
Black Land) because of the endemic Renoster shrubs. After the rains,
mainly in winter, they turn black. The wide fertile plain is the bread
basket of Cape Town with its golden yellow wheatfields reaching up to
the foot of the mountains, interrupted by wine, fruit and vegetable
The Riebeek Valley is the centre of wine production. In the
beautiful twin hamlets of Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel, at the foot
of the Kasteelberg, artists and arts & crafts people have settled.
atmosphere is authentically rural. On the Swartland Wine Route you can
visit the different wine farms and taste their products.
The biggest co-operative wine cellar in South Africa is one
of the highlights of the Swartland Wine Route whose six cellars can be
found within forty minutes from Cape Town. These include those at
Piketberg and Porterville. Swartland Wine Cellar's policy of paying for
quality rather than quantity when buying its grapes has ensured a string
of awards for their extensive range of forty-seven wines. The cellar's
most well-known product is the sweet, honey-flavoured nectar called
Hanepoot (Muscat d' Alexandrie) which is popular as a dessert wine.A visit to Darling, founded in
1853, is worthwhile. In thís town there are numerous beautiful
Victorian houses, the Butter Museum, which takes a look at the history
of butter making, and the little theatre of the resident cabaretist
Peter Dirk Uys alias Evita Bezuidenhout. During the wildflower season,
after the first rainfalls in spring, the town is surrounded by carpets
of rich floral colours.
A day in the country with Sea More-Express: Winetasting
and breathtaking country scenery - An unforgettable experience