Nestled in the protective shadow of the Kasteelberg (‘castle mountain’), the villages of Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel are the perfect retreat for any city dweller. Take your own time to discover the wineries, eateries, shops and art galleries.
The vineyards of the Riebeek Valley stretch along the lower contours of the Kasteelberg. The soil is mainly Malmesbury shale, with loamy soil on the higher grounds and sandy loam lower down the slopes, interspersed with rich Hutton soils. The climate is perfect for viticulture, with the low-rainfall summer months tempered by cool afternoon breezes, and the cold winters allowing the vines to rest and build up reserves.
Wineries in the Riebeek Valley
Allesverloren Estate dates back to 1704 and has been owned by the Malan family since 1872. Allesverloren is known for its Port, as well as its range of excellent red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and oak-aged Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional. The Allesverloren Function and Conference Centre is the ideal venue for a stylish wedding or business function, while the Pleasant Pheasant restaurant offers lunches and dinners.
The year 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of Vlok family’s way of life on the estate Het Vlock Casteel at the foot of Kasteelberg. Farmer and winemaker Johan Vlok uses a biodynamic-equilibrium method of farming, while his wife, food scientist Ansie, is an olive and preserve specialist. Café Merlot offers heartwarming meals, while the Wedding Venue is a favourite celebration spot.
Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate stretches along the lower contours of the Kasteelberg. The best red-grape cultivars are selected for the estate’s exclusive Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, while grapes from low-yield vines with concentrated fruit flavours go into the crisp, barrel-fermented Chardonnay. The olive products – both to eat and to beautify – are not to be missed.
Meerhof Cellar invites you to enjoy the views of rolling hills and Table Mountain on the one side and the beautiful Riebeek Valley on the other. The cellar focuses on premium red-wine cultivars including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage, with Chardonnay as the only white. Light meals can be arranged for groups visiting the cellar.
Mullineux Family Wines aim to bottle wines that are a true expression of the Swartland. Theirs is a family run boutique winery producing a small range of elegant wines made from grape varieties best suited toarea. Visit their cellar in Short Street Riebeek Kasteel and buy the wines from the Wine Kollektive across the street.
Poseleinberg is a new boutique winery situated in Porseleinberg, Riebeek-Kasteel.
Belonging to the Brink family, Pulpit Rock Winery in Riebeek West opened its doors in 2004. The cellar boasts beautiful tasting facilities and a restaurant with stunning views of the valley. Pulpit Rock is renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinotage, which have won several awards.
Riebeek Cellars was established in 1941 and prides itself on its excellent-quality wine ranges, which include the Riebeek Cellars Collection and A Few Good Men labels, and the new Kasteelberg range. Group visits are encouraged and cellar tours can be arranged by prior booking.
The Riebeeck Olive Boutique offers the opportunity to taste not only olives and olive oil; but also a perfectly paired wine from Swartland Winery. This is ‘the ultimate olive experience’ for visitors.