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Swartland

Winegrowing area (District) on the Atlantic coast in the west of South Africa to the Coastal region belongs. The name means "Black Land" and points to the fertile, dark soil. It is located about 100 kilometers north of Cape Town. There are the two wards Malmesbury and Riebeekberg. The western part on the Atlantic coast is cooled by the sea. The eastern part of the interior has a hot, dry climate and due to the low rainfall requires an artificial one irrigation, In addition to wine, a lot of tobacco and wheat are grown here. The vineyards cover about 15,000 hectares and consist of sandstone weathering, slate (is called here Malmesbury) and partly granite floors. They are planted with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Cinsault, Ruby Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, and the white varieties Chenin Blanc (Steen), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Colombar and Semillon (2009). Well-known producers are Lost Estate. Lammershoek, Mamreweg Cellars, Meerhof Wine Cellars, Riebeek Cellars, Spice route, Swartland Winery and Windmeul Coop.

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