Top 10 vineyard investments19th April, 2012 by db_staff
9. Swartland (South Africa)
Swartland’s growth from five wineries 10 years ago to almost 30 in 2011 smacks of a region that’s booming. Winemakers, working with Chenin Blanc and Rhône varieties, off the beaten path in Swartland are beginning to make a name for themselves.
Showcasing intense fruit, freshness, concentration, and elegant textures Swartland wines consistently reach new heights.
The most intriguing thing about Swartland is that it has the highest number of old vineyards per capita in South Africa and can produce incredibly high-quality fruit.
There’s been notable success with grapes associated with France’s Rhône Valley. But there’s also some fine Chenin Blanc around, on its own and in blends such as Mullineux White Blend 2009 and Lammershoek Roulette Blanc 2009.
Su Birch, CEO for Wines of South Africa, is equally enthusiastic about the Swartland. “New wine investment usually comes to Stellenbosch with restaurants and wineries. This is the opposite: younger people, not big capital, bringing back to life old vineyards and varieties which are either new or not usually treated with respect.”
A major reason why Swartland is an up and coming vineyard investment opportunity is that the Southern Hemisphere provides an unobstructed seasonal opportunity to work in Northern Hemisphere winemaking regions with non-conflicting growing calendars.