Large wine growing area (Ward) in the South African district Swartland
(Coastal Region). The second Ward in this district is called Rieebekberg and is much smaller. The name derives from the predominant here as Malmesbury Tonschieferboden. The vineyards cover 14,448 hectares (2009). They are planted to 56% with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Cinsault, Ruby Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, and to 44% with the white varieties Chenin Blanc (Steen), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Colombar and Semillon (2009) , Partly due to lack of rainfall here is an artificial irrigation
required. Well-known producers are Meerhof Wine Cellars, Spice route
, Swartland Winery and Windmeul Coop.