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Swartland was named after its dark, almost black earth, composed of deep, ferric oakleaf soils that are excellent at retaining water.

 A short distance northwest of Paarl is the smaller vinegrowing area of Swartland and, further beyond, Darling. Swartland was named after its dark, almost black earth, composed of deep, ferric oakleaf soils that are excellent at retaining water. Situated closer to the Atlantic coast, Darling’s climate is more moderate, with summer temperatures in the low 20s, enabling the production of cooler climate varieties that thrive in the deep, red oakleaf soils here.