Our History

Swartland Winery 1948

In 1948 the chairman of the newly formed co-operative donated 4 hectares of his own farm Doornkuil, to be used for developing the winery. By 1950, the winery was up and running and membership had swelled to 48 farmers, supplying 2 500 tons of grapes in the first year. Situated approximately 3 km from the town of Malmesbury, the winery holds its history close to its heart. Today, Swartland Winery produces approximately 2 million 9 litre cases of wine a year from grapes supplied by producers across an area of 3 600 hectares.

The vineyards benefit from the constant cool breezes that blow off the Atlantic Ocean; effectively sustaining the many microclimates, while the proximity to mountain ranges adds its own dimension to the physical character of the fruit.

Taking the West Coast road out of Cape Town you’ll observe a change in vegetation within 40 minutes. Hectares of wheat and grapes stretch as far as the eye can see. You have reached the Swartland: an area rich in vines and one of the bread baskets of South Africa and the home of Swartland Winery. Discover more about this unique winery and its very unique wines which are tailored for every palate and occasion.

History of Malmesbury

The town of Malmesbury, just 3 km from the winery, developed around a thermal spring in 1744 and thus the region has a long rich history. The town name heralds from its sister city, Malmesbury, in England, and it was here that the fifth Dutch Reformed congregation in Cape Town was established. Initially the town was referred to as Zwartlands-kerk, but in 1829, the then Governor of the Cape, Sir Lowry Cole renamed it ‘Malmesbury’, in honour of his father-in-law, Sir James Harris, the first Earl of Malmesbury, England.