Named after the endangered indigenous bush which turns the landscape a dark colour at certain times of the year, the Swartland (‘Blackland') was traditionally a grain producing area. However, recognising the potential of the region's rich, ancient soils combined with a Mediterranean climate, farmers started to plant the first vines among the grain plantations about 30 years ago.
Today, these low-yielding bush vines have become known for creating wines full of character and concentrated flavor. In fact, Swartland has become South Africa's Syrah country, producing some of the most iconic wines, including Porseleinberg, Mullineux and the Chocolate Block.
Just next to the Swartland, Tulbagh is a secluded valley surrounded by mountains on three sides. The soils in this area vary from sandy on the valley floor to stony on the mountain slopes, making it ideal for top quality Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, the area is particularly known for producing high quality Chenin Blancs, Colombard and Chardonnays.