This weekend the Swartland is coming to Cape Town for the Swartland Country Market at Kirstenbosch.  The market will take place on Saturday 8 October 2011, from 10am to 4pm at the Stone Cottages across from Kirstenbosch Gardens.

The Swartland, in case you’re wondering, is a large area stretching from Malmesbury to Porterville, known particularly for its wines and olives.  They even have an official ‘Swartland Wine and Olive Route’, though I’ve never been on it myself.

We want Capetonians to realise that some of the country’s best wines are just around the corner. We are only 78km away, and we are sure that once people realise what we have on offer they will take the short drive up the N7 more often (Jolene Janse van Rensburg, Santam Swartland Wine and Olive Route Manager).

Some of the Swartland’s best food and wine producers will be at the market.  Here’s what organisers have in store:

The region’s extraordinary soils, little irrigation and some of the oldest wine stock in the country have produced some exceptional wines, and the winemakers themselves will be in Kirstenbosch to show off their wares.

The 50 or more stalls will include:

  • The innovative young winemakers behind the Swartland Revolution, (Mullineux, AA Badenhorst);
  • The affable Danie Malan whose family has been producing remarkable wines at Allesverloren 1872;
  • Piketberg’s finest – organic wines from the elegant Org De Rac and the top class Cap Classique from Nieuwedrift;
  • The quality wines from Swartland Winery, the gateway to the Route; and
  • The new kids on the block: Franki’s Vineyards (featuring vintage cars), Nuweland, Nassau, and many more wines that underline the quality of this route.

The winemakers will be joined by exhibitors selling a large range of products and produce, including jams and preserves, olives, cordials and fresh-baked Swartland breads.

Included in the mix will be some top class potjies and other gastronomic delights for which the Swartland is justly famous.

There will also be a selection of arts and crafts on offer, and live entertainment during the course of the market.

To find out more, and to keep up to date with the happenings in the Swartland, visit the Facebook page or the website

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