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 clay slate floor here called Malmesbury. The vineyards cover 14,448 hectares (2009). They are planted 56% with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Cinsaut, Ruby Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, and 44% with the white varieties Chenin Blanc (Steen), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Colombar and Sémillon (2009) , Partly here is an artificial one due to lack of rainfall irrigation
required. Well-known producers are Meerhof Wine Cellars, Spice route
, Swartland Winery and Windmeul Coop.