Experience the rich terroir of the Swartland through the Art of Wine. Join us for this Premier Wine Tasting event held outdoors (weather permitting) in the grounds of the iconic Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel.

Choose one of three sessions on Saturday, 12 December:
Session 1
: 11h30-13h00  |  Session 2: 13h30-15h00 | Session 3: 15h30-17h00
Each session includes an experience with all the winemakers for R350 per person and per session.
We have limited space, book soon!

Fram
“With an extremely shaky captain like myself at the helm, this can only be an exciting journey.”

Kloovenburg
A falcon guards the day, an owl the night, which are, in turn, watched over and protected by the conservation-minded Du Toit family of Kloovenburg.

Lammershoek
As a member of the Swartland Independent Movement, Lammershoek strives for minimum intervention in fruit-driven wines that express the terroir.

Mullineux
By 2020 the winery had been awarded Platter’s Winery of the Year an unprecedented 4 times, in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

Badenhorst
“It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen.”

Experience the rich terroir of the Swartland through the Art of Wine. Join us for this Premier Wine Tasting event held outdoors (weather permitting) in the grounds of the iconic Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel.

Choose one of three sessions on Saturday, 12 December:
Session 1
: 11h30-13h00  |  Session 2: 13h30-15h00 | Session 3: 15h30-17h00
Each session includes an experience with all the winemakers for R350 per person and per session.
We have limited space, book soon!

Fram
“With an extremely shaky captain like myself at the helm, this can only be an exciting journey.”

Kloovenburg
A falcon guards the day, an owl the night, which are, in turn, watched over and protected by the conservation-minded Du Toit family of Kloovenburg.

Lammershoek
As a member of the Swartland Independent Movement, Lammershoek strives for minimum intervention in fruit-driven wines that express the terroir.

Mullineux
By 2020 the winery had been awarded Platter’s Winery of the Year an unprecedented 4 times, in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

Badenhorst
“It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen.”

Photo Credits: Neil Geldenhuys

Meet the people behind some of the Swartland’s most acclaimed wines at the Art of Wine, which has now become an integral part of Solo Studios.  Held outdoors (weather permitting) in the grounds of the iconic Royal Hotel in Riebeek Kasteel, overlooking the vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves of the Riebeek Valley and under the shadow of the Kasteelberg, this event allows a limited number of people the opportunity to interact with some of the winemakers and/or owners of these wineries, during one of three 90 minute sessions on Saturday 12 December.

Fram
After 12 long years of making really good wines, for really nice people, Thinus Kruger decided that it was time to make some even better wines for himself (“and for a whole lot of other deserving people on this planet”).  At Fram Thinus claims, one will always sail into uncharted waters, to boldly search for whatever great grapes lie behind the next hill, over the next horizon. Bringing great wines from the Here Be Dragons areas of the wine map. “With an extremely shaky captain like myself at the helm, this can only be an exciting journey.”

Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate
A falcon guards the day, an owl the night, which are in turn watched over and protected by the conservation-minded Pieter and Analene du Toit and family of Kloovenburg. The vineyards stretch along the lower contours of Kasteelberg, offering a diverse collection of soils, altitudes and different slopes. The varied selection of soils lends itself to planting Shiraz (the most planted cultivar), Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Novelle, Chenin Blanc, Colombar, Pinot Noir, Mourvedre and Petit Verdot. The four Du Toit sons, Pieter-Steph, Johan, Anton and Daniël have always been involved in every aspect of Kloovenburg, giving birth to the brand Eight Feet.

Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate
A falcon guards the day, an owl the night, which are in turn watched over and protected by the conservation-minded Pieter and Analene du Toit and family of Kloovenburg. The vineyards stretch along the lower contours of Kasteelberg, offering a diverse collection of soils, altitudes and different slopes. The varied selection of soils lends itself to planting Shiraz (the most planted cultivar), Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Novelle, Chenin Blanc, Colombar, Pinot Noir, Mourvedre and Petit Verdot. The four Du Toit sons, Pieter-Steph, Johan, Anton and Daniël have always been involved in every aspect of Kloovenburg, giving birth to the brand Eight Feet.

Lammershoek Winery
As one of the oldest wineries in the Swartland, owners Sonja and Andreas Abold ensure Lammershoek sticks to the basics and works as naturally as possible with the best selected quality fruit. As a member of the Swartland Independent Movement, Lammershoek strives for minimum intervention in fruit-driven wines that express the terroir. The cellar philosophy is the same as in the vineyards. Rather than manipulating the lovely old bush-vine fruit into something ‘unnatural’, the winemaker merely guides the juice along its way to become terroir-expressing wines that showcase what can be achieved with the characteristic Swartland fruit character.

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines
Chris and Andrea Mullineux settled in the Swartland in 2007 and within a very short period established themselves as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine producers, both locally and on the international front. By 2020 the winery had received thirty 5-star ratings from Platter’s Wine Guide, as well as being awarded Platter’s Winery of the Year an unprecedented 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020. Their focus is on working with Chenin and Syrah, often from Old Vines and making the wines in a way that allows the special Terroirs of the Swartland to shine in the wines they bottle.

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines
Chris and Andrea Mullineux settled in the Swartland in 2007 and within a very short period established themselves as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine producers, both locally and on the international front. By 2020 the winery had received thirty 5-star ratings from Platter’s Wine Guide, as well as being awarded Platter’s Winery of the Year an unprecedented 4 times in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020. Their focus is on working with Chenin and Syrah, often from Old Vines and making the wines in a way that allows the special Terroirs of the Swartland to shine in the wines they bottle.

A.A.Badenhorst Family Wines
Andre Adriaan Badenhorst grew up between the vineyards of Constantia and spent his time picking (stealing) grapes. “It all started when Jean Daneel, then winemaker at Buitenverwachting, let me make my first wine when I was thirteen,” Adi recalls. In 2008 he bought Kalmoesfontein, a 60-hectare piece of land in the Paardeberg, with his cousin Hein. They now proudly farm together, practice biological farming and make natural wines in the old school manner. Adi Badenhorst is a much talked about winemaker, member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, founding member of the Swartland Revolution and Swartland Independent Producers.