The olives are grown on the farm El Olivar in the Breede River Valley, bordering South Africa’s Klein Karoo region, near the town of Robertson.
Shimmering olive groves as far as the eye can see make an awe-inspiring statement in the otherwise barren landscape, greened only along the banks of a tributary that feeds the Breede River. This is the birthplace of the acclaimed Olyfberg olive oil, awarded in 2008 as the best blend by L’Extravergine 2008 – a Guide to the Best Certified Quality Olive Oil in the World.
Olyfberg Olive oil has also been awarded a SA Olive Gold Award for the 2007 and 2008 vintages.
A place for olives
After much exploration to find an area ideal for olive growing, the Naudé family chanced upon the Breede River Valley, where the terroir and climate share remarkable similarities with Tuscany in Italy and certain areas of Spain, notably those close to Cordoba.
The Naudés bought the largely undeveloped farm in 1995 and dubbed it ‘Olyfberg’ after the Biblical ‘Mount Olive’. They proceeded to plant 100 hectares to Mission, Leccino, Frantoio, Manzanilla, Coratina and Kalamata and celebrated the maiden harvest in 2001. The cultivars Mission, Leccino and Frantoio are used in the creation of Olyfberg’s award-winning “liquid gold”.
The Breede River Valley climate can be harsh and inhospitable. But the olive oil created here is soft, fruity and delicate – a wonderful companion to fine dining and hearty hospitality.
Olive trees are for sale at the nursery on the farm.