+27 (0)82 688 0578(Nick)
+27 (0)82 340 6726 (Brenda)
Scherpenheuwel, Breede River Valley, Western Cape
P.O. Box 576, Worcester, 6849, Western Cape
This award winning estate is situated in the Scherpenheuwel valley between Worcester and Robertson on the southern banks of the Breede River. Owned by Nick and Brenda Wilkinson, it comprises olive orchards, vines, an olive specific nursery and a state of the art Oliomio olive processing and bottling plant. The terroir, with water on demand from the Breede River and Brandvlei Irrigation System, is perfect for olive growing with high sunshine hours, cold winters and minimal disease. Summer daytime temperatures can be high but the afternoon south easterly breezes from Cape Agulhas, brings relief and cool nights. Add superior Italian cultivars, state of the art processing facilities, ideal storage facilities and owner driven passion to continually strive for better and you have a winning recipe.
Rio Largo uses various cultivars; Frantoio, Leccino, FS-17 and Coratina. All cultivars originate from Italy and are known to complement each other in making up a well balanced extra virgin olive oil. The cultivars ripen at different times during the harvest which determines that olives are handpicked at optimal ripeness rather than being faced with all fruit ripening simultaneously and having to harvest some unripe and some over ripe. Frantoio is the dominant cultivar with good oil yields and a fruity flavour whilst Coratina is pungent, strong and peppery and Leccino is very smooth and mild. Such cultivars have become the preferred blend for Italian oils and were specifically developed for high quality oil.
Rio Largo adopts biological farming methods for sustainable agriculture by “putting more back than you take out” together with over all concern for protecting the environment for future generations. Mineral deficiencies are a common feature in modern day agriculture and Rio Largo addresses this problem by taking regular soil and leaf samples to determine replacement through annual biological fertility programmes.