There are many good reasons to visit Malmesbury, the heart of the Swartland, enveloped by fields of wheat, vineyards and olive groves. The Khoi San lived here before the town sprang up around a sulphur spring in the 1700’s. The beautifully restored historic buildings along the ‘Historic Walkabout Route’ are of interest to historians, architects and tourists alike. Since the 1800s, bush vines have been cultivated in the area. A number of young, up and coming wine makers who settled in the Swartland over the last ten years contributed greatly in reviving the Swartland as the capital of old bush vines.