The Swartland region begins 50 km north of Cape Town, named so (the Black Land) because of the indigenous Renosterbos vegetation which, after winter rains, becomes very dark, almost black in colour.
Summers are hot and dry, with colder, wet winters. Viticulture is practised mostly under dry-land conditions, with minimal irrigation. This, coupled with the Mediterranean climate is ideal for Syrah and Grenache and produces low yields of small but intensely flavoured berries. This area is further distinguished from other wine production regions by virtue of the variety of its soils such as granite, shale, clay and slate, lending great structure and diversity to wines grown here.
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