Wine tasting for the ladies

A brand new wine festival launches in the heart of the Swartland – arguably South Africa’s most dynamic wine region – on April 30. Hosted in a town not known for its wine, the Swartland Sosiaal Wynfees breaks the mould in typical Swartland fashion with a showcase of famous and lesser-known wine treasures.

Andrea Mullineux

The event will be held at The Moorrees – home of hospitality, good food and great wine in Moorreesburg. Participating wineries include Swartland superstars Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards, Org de Rac Organic Wine Estate, Riebeek Wine Co, Pulpit Rock Wine and Marras Wines, as well as famous out-of-towners Zevenwacht Wine Estate, MAN Wines, Lievland Vineyards, Journey’s End Vineyards, Mount Rozier Estate, Nico van Merwe Wines and Anthonij Rupert Wyne.

Leeuwenkuil lineup

Situated an easy 60-minute drive on the N7 highway from Cape Town, Moorreesburg makes a perfect place to spend the long weekend when Swartland Sosiaal takes place. As a powerhouse of the wheat industry, the town itself has an understated charm. Its wide streets are lined with many historic buildings, while the location is ideal for exploring the region’s many attractions – on foot, by bike or by car.


For the run of Swartland Sosiaal, from 12:00 to 16:00, each stall of participating wineries will have six highlight wines available for sampling. Food and all-day live entertainment will also be part of the mix, setting the tone in a marquee set up to create a spacious, safe and enjoyable experience.

Org de Rac Shiraz

Food delights on offer include homemade smoked and pulled brisket rolls with chunky fries as well as cheese-and-charcuterie platters. The organisers have also laid out two boules courts, where you and your mates can do battle in this traditional game native to almost every village across France. Players are almost always armed with a glass of wine at every match.




Tickets (Max 300 people):




Ticket sales:


8 Main Street, Moorreesburg

R350pp. Includes 10 tasting vouchers, a glass, R50 towards a bottle of wine as well as the live music and games.


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