THE OLIVES

Guided by consultant Carlo Costa, both table olives and oil are produced from the olive groves fringing the vineyards on the farm.

LEFT: Carlo Costa inspects a young sapling MIDDLE & RIGHT: Fully grown groves ready for harvest

The space available on the farm allowed for the planting of only 1000 trees, so olive production was never going to be a major part of Nova Zonnestraal's farming activities. Nevertheless, Carlo Costa (pictured above), very highly regarded in olive production circles, and the author of "Olive Production in South Africa", was approached for advice. Under his guidance, a selection of Mission, Coratina, Frantoio and Leccino trees were planted, which have allowed for the production of a fine blend of Extra Virgin Oil. The olives are pressed at Hillcrest Estate.

The pressed olive oil is not sold to the public but available to Friends of the farm and members of Club Royale.