Monday, September 29, 2014

which wine who?

So... by now you know that this year's Expert Opinion Tasting will see our "founding revolutionary wineries" each pour one wine of their own, next to a wine that has inspired them and their wine making...

But... can you pair the inspirational wine with the revolutionary?

Adi / Andrea and Chris / Callie / Eben will respectively bring you one of the wines below, but who picked what?

a. 1972 Vergenoegd Cabernet Sauvignon 
b. 2000 Ch√Ęteau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape 
c. 2011 Domaine Gauby Muntada 
d. 2006 Domaine De Montbourgeau Vin Jaune L’etoile 

Try match them all and let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook

Friday, August 29, 2014

Feeling enthusiastic!

It is 4pm on a Friday and in the spirit of good Fridays to come we wanted to share his story from the latest issue of Wine Enthusiast. 
Written by Lauren Buzzeo, photographed by Maree Louw (on Kalmoesfontein) and styled by Cornelia Badenhorst, the article is a beautiful feature of the Big 5 as we head to our FIFTH Revolution...
Eben Sadie ‘The Virtuoso’, Callie Louw ‘The Farmer’, Chris and Andrea Mullineux ‘The Dynamic Duo’ and Adi ‘The Personality’.
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WS aug14 3To read the full story online, click here and have a good weekend. 

Monday, July 14, 2014


Tickets to this year's Revolution are sold out and there is a pretty long waiting list. If you would like to join the list, email

For other updates keep an eye on our Twitter feed or Facebook Page.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tickets 2014

Patience they say is a virtue, and we know you have been patiently waiting for information on tickets for the 2014 Swartland Revolution.

The event this year will take place on "our usual weekend" of 7 and 8 November.

Ticket sales will open on 23 June and we will reveal more information on the programme, the winemakers and wines to expect and a few exciting changes and surprises we have up our sleeves, before then.

Some say the countdown for the event started in November 2013... So onward to 7 November (154 days, tick tock...)

Monday, November 18, 2013

A revolution in pictures #SR2013

Lovely pictures from #SR2013 by Maree Louw (of the Callie Louw clan).

Registration this year took place at the back of the Royal Hotel, I think this worked better since revolutionaries could engage with fellow guests while in the line or wait in the shade (with a drink) for the line to get shorter. 

Meanwhile the revolutionary crew was busy filling glasses with the lovely wines by Laurence Feraud of Domaine Du Pegau for our opening tasting: Quality First. 

Then it was time for the (in)famous BBQ Extravaganza. This year it was the boys at Mama Cucina (Johan and Coenie) who impressed the crowds with fantastic local food and meat so soft you could cut it with your bread knife.

While the oomies of the Baardskeerdersbos Orkes entertained and got the people dancing.

On Saturday morning, after breakfast Babelas Burgers 

and coffee from Beans about coffee

it was time for "the early morning tasting". In previous years we have explored the current super star wines from the Swartland in The Eben and Adi Show (2010), Mullineux Magic (2011) and Mountains and Hills (2012). This year we looked back at old wines from the Swartland in the 1970s and 80s. 

Possibly the very last of these wines (a Swartland Winery Cinsaut circa 1970; 1981 Tinta Barocca, 1989 Shiraz and a 1982 Hanepoot along with a 1971 KWV Pinotage) as we cleared out all the cellars we could find to bring our 400 revolutionaries a taste of the old Swartland greats. 

Tim James opened the tasting with a very insightful look at the history of wine in SA and the region in those days (read his speech here)

while Chris, Andrea, Adi, Callie and Eben each introduced a wine (was it a coincidence that Callie got Hanepoot and could use the opportunity to show chicken feet and balls to the whole tent?)

This year, during the 'beer break' (when we change 440 tasting sheets, exchange 440 x 5 dirty glasses into 440 x 9 clean glasses and fill it with new wines) guests were treated to Callie's Southern Smoke sandwiches, Adi's Pyl Uil beers and a beer wine hybrid by Mullineux Wines and Devils Peak Brewery. 

The last tasting, always known as Expert Opinions (since we get experts to share their favourite wines with us every year) showcased some expert Chenin Blancs, presented by those who made them.
Vincent Careme (Domaine Vincent Careme), Damien Delecheneau (Domaine de la Grange Tiphaine) and Benjamin Joliveau (Domaine Huet) brought 8 of their best to share.

It must have been something Adi said... 

Then, it was time for lunch. Once again prepared to perfection by 'The Moms' and styled to look stunning, by Cornelia and Judy from De Liefde.

And with The Lunch comes The Auction. Read more about this in our previous post

To end off another great revolutionary weekend, The Swartland Independent Street Party...

Great fun was had by young and old; returning revolutionaries and virgins; organisers and 'workas', weekend warriors and Street Party Specialists. 

The Swartland Revolution would like to thank:
Everyone who came and made it such a unique and fun weekend. See you next year... 
Everyone who helped pour, pack, clear and carry things. 
The Royal Hotel, Short Street, Anton Espost and the people of Riebeek for hosting us. 
Darielle Robertson and Ann Ferreira, DnA Events for all the hard work and organising every glass, plate and speaker. 
Jo Middleton, for making the event look good with her design work.
Helena Quietriotgirl Sheridan, for keeping our pages and feeds updated and keeping the conversation going.
Johan and Coenie and all the staff, at Mama Cucina who impressed everyone with dinner.
Die Baardskeerdersbos Orkes, for being lekker!
Beans about Coffee and The Babelas Burger crew, for getting everyone awake and fed on Saturday morning. 
The boys from The Southern Smoke for the amazing sandwiches. 
The Moms, who cooked for days so we can have a lush lunch. 
Cornelia Badenhorst and Judy Graaf, De Liefde, for organising and making lunch look good.
The Swartland Independent Producers, for great wines to pour at the street party.

And last but never least, Maree Louw for the pretty pictures. See more on her blog, CLICK HERE>