Named for the native rhinoceros bush that turns black after rain, the Swartland region is just 65km north of Cape Town, and specialises in making rich, fruit-driven wine from South Africa’s famed varieties: Shiraz, Pinotage, and Chenin Blanc.
The Gabb family’s viticultural expertise has led them to take advantage of the hot, dry climate; planting hardy and drought-resistant bush vines. Alongside producing excellent wines, the winemaking team also work to conserve critically endangered species in the area, such as the Swartland Shale Renosterveld, as well as the vulnerable Boland Granite Fynbos. When uprooting vineyards, they also source indigenous species in order to restore natural growth.
Furthering their environmental cause, the vineyard was the second in South Africa to convert to solar power. They are certified by Fairtrade, Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) and the Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA).
All Rebeland grapes are farmed sustainably, harvested by hand, and whole bunch pressed.