When interviewing a winemaker in Stellenbosch he told me, “You should head north. That’s where it’s all happening.” By “north” he meant, Swartland, the region around Malmesbury about an hour northeast of Cape Town. This was something like 10 years ago and since then, I’ve watched as the region has grown from a scant few producers to a force to be reckoned with in the Swartland Independent Producers association. They started out as a group trying to get attention in a country where Stellenbosch, Franschoek, or others suck all the […]

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