Number of Trees: 10,000
Terroir/Soils: Calcium rich limestone soils
Cultivars Grown: Frantoio, Mission, Coratina
Table Olives: Mission and Manzanilla
Other Products: EVOO, olive preserves, chutneys, olive spices and soap products made from olive oil.
Kransfontein produces black Mission olives, handpicked at the perfect ripeness to ensure firm, delicious fruit. The olives are marinated in brine for nine months. The green Mission and Manzanilla olives have been very well received in the market, requiring doubling and re-doubling production to meet demand. Air-dried olives are picked at peak ripeness, salted and set out to dry in the clean Stilbaai air, later to be ground into olive spices. A variety of chutneys and pastes are also made.
History & Culture:
Established in 1833, Kransfontein is an amalgamation of four adjacent farms, three of which were owned by the celebrated author Wilbur Smith who wrote many of his first novels here. In 2000, Adv. Altus Joubert SC, bought the farms, planted 10,000 olive trees and with the help of Prof. Ben Farrell, the doyen of SA landscape architecture, transformed the farms into a place of tranquility and beauty. Conditions were perfect for growing olives. Besides table olives, the farm produces olive preserves, chutneys, olive spices and soap products made from olive oil.