time.com - 16:00, 5th November, 2010
Discovering South Africa’s Rebel Wineland
To visit South Africa’s famous winelands, you leave Cape Town and head for the mountains: south for Constantia, east for Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, northeast for Durbanville and Paarl. What’s strange about that is that many of the grapes in South African wine are, in reality, grown in the hills a mere hour’s drive north of the city. Swartland is Cape Town’s back garden and a wine area of emerging importance, but it does not have the name and tourist appeal of the other winelands. Pretty as its old Dutch towns may be, they cannot compete with Franschhoek’s blue mountains or the gabled estates and sea views of Constantia. And though some Swartland grapes are used in local wine, just as often they disappear into the blends of their grander cousins. “We’re like the brother in jail that nobody talks about,” says Callie Louw of Porcelain Mountain vineyards in southern Swartland.
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