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Rosa Kruger receives a well deserved award

Swartland resident Rosa Kruger was recently awarded the 2018 International Wine Challenge Personality of the Year award. Rosa is one of the world’s leading viticulturists.

Read more about this fascinating lady and the award she received here

Cape Town Tourism and the Cape Town Tourist Guide Association visits the Swartland

During the month of July 5 front of house staff members from Cape Town Tourism as well as a group of 52 guides and tour operators from the Cape Town Tourist Guide Association visited the Swartland for an introduction to what is on offer in the area.

We enjoyed hosting them and are looking forward to the visitors that they will be sending our way!  

Org De Rac produces vegan wines

Follow this link and read more about the vegan wines produced at Org de Rac, near Piketberg.

Wildehurst wines goes for gold

Wildehurst Red 2014, Cinsaut 2017 and The Wilde 2017 were all awarded Gold at the South African Women's Wine Awards

Riebeek Kelder wine & food pairings

Visit the Riebeek Cellars Wine Shop on the Square in Riebeek Kasteel during August and sample some of their Pinotage paired with biltong.

Winter specials at Pleasant Pheasant @ Allesverloren


Pulpit Rock view from the deck

Life with AA Badenhorst Family Wines on Kalmoesfontein

Santam Agriculture’s technical experts help keep the farming industry moving forward

From the technological advances of recent years, to the seemingly endless education and support given to up-and-coming farming communities – Santam is close-knitted with South African farming. In fact many would say Santam Agriculture and farming go hand-in-hand in South Africa.
Santam Agriculture is not only the leading agricultural insurer; it does all it can to keep the farming industry moving forward. For over 100 years the insurer has learnt a great deal about farming in South Africa, and how to make it work.

With an in-depth, scientific approach to protect what is most important to farmers - their crops and assets; Santam offers world-class support, advice, research and risk management. Staff members are well-equipped with technical and agricultural skills to deliver the best solutions and advice, and the Santam research farm in Bloemfontein, coupled with crop specialists, world-class actuarial department, and dedicated underwriting staff (with almost a century of research and data) continue to enrich the businesses of each and every farmer they work with.
Johan van den Berg, Manager: Specialised Crop insurance and resident climatologist at Santam is a sterling example of this expertise. Not only was Johan recently recognised by Agri Writers SA as the Free State Agricultural expert of the year in 2017. In March this year he also received a certificate as recognition from GrainSA for his dedication to analysing long and short term climate trends, and assisting grain and oilseed producers of South Africa with informed production planning.

Agri Writers SA said in their citation, “Johan is one of the country’s top and most known climatologists. In agricultural circles especially he is recognised not only for his knowledge of climatology, but also of agronomy. He is able to speak with authority about weather predictions and agricultural production conditions.”

Gerhard Diedericks (Head: Santam Agriculture) believes that whoever penned “you reap what you sow”, couldn’t have been more right. “The hard work you put in, the partners you choose and the research you do - this is what determines next year’s harvest. Farmers do so much than just farm these days, that’s why we offer more than just insurance. “We pride ourselves on our world-class risk management advice, and the insight and experience we have harvested through the years has changed the way we work with the ever changing South African farming landscape. And, with all of these farming and business expertise, we’re able to support and grow farming in South Africa in a greater way.”

Gerhard explains that at Santam we care about the future of farming in South Africa and for over 100 years, we’ve found that sustainability is a skill that should be taught. Through the years we have learnt that the role of a farmer has changed. “Today farming is a fast-paced, high-tech industry run by multifaceted businessmen and women. It’s an industry driven by tech and innovation. We have and will always stay abreast of these technology changes to lead from the front.”
“We will continue to offer innovative and comprehensive insurance solutions farmers need for the future, and with our specialist insurance solutions and the overall Santam value proposition we will keep farming businesses running the good and proper way,” he concludes.

Ons sien uit daarna om jou in die Swartland te ontvang.
Jolene Janse van Rensburg.

Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route
Tel: 022 487 1133
Telefax: 022 487 2063
Fax2email: 086 211 0121

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