EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Waterleliefontein is the boutique producer of a premium, award winning, South African extra virgin olive oil. All the olives used to make the Waterleliefontein extra virgin oil are grown on the farm in the Van der Stel Pass region, between the Bot River and the Houw Hoek Mountain — the terroir as it is called in France—with its unique soil, weather and hours of sunshine, has a wonderful effect on the flavour of the oil.
To ensure the highest standard of quality, our extra virgin olive oil undergoes numerous chemical and tasting tests. We subscribe to the SA Olive Commitment to Compliance quality assurance scheme and over the years Waterleliefontein has received a number of SA Olive Competition Awards.
Waterleliefontein extra virgin olive oil is sold in a striking Mediterranean blue tin. The packaging is not only beautiful but protects the oil from oxygen and light, thus ensuring longer lasting quality and freshness.
We encourage you to make extra virgin olive oil an important part of your daily lives. Not only does it have many health properties, but it also tastes delicious.
“What is the good of your stars & trees, your sunrise & the wind,
if they do not enter our daily lives? ”
– EM Forster
Waterleliefontein is situated in the most beautiful and unexplored valley of the Overberg, the Van Der Stel Pass between Bot River and Villiersdorp. The farm was established in 1996 as an olive and vegetable farm by an Italian family who named it “Ill Bosco” – the forest. Their daughter, who ran the farm for 9 years, established the olive grove with the help of the famous Morgenster olive farm. They planted 2200 olive trees, selecting a combination of Mission, Manzanilla, Kalamata, Nochelara and Ogliarola varieties. Tessa and Jo Neser became the custodians of the farm in December 2012. After discovering a dam filled with indigenous blue water lilies, they decided to rename the farm, Waterleliefontein.
The making of premium quality extra virgin olive oil is the main focus at Waterleliefontein. To boost production an additional 800, 25-year-old mission olive trees, were successfully transplanted from a farm in Worcester in 2013 and a further 1000, 7-year-old trees from a famous apple farm in Elgin in 2015, bringing the total number of trees to 4000.
The combination of fynbos, a field of French lavender and majestic blue gums made bee keeping an obvious addition. The hard-working bees in the two apiaries at Waterleliefontein produce a small crop of delicious honey.
A Syrah and Grenache Noir vineyard was planted in 2017 under the supervision of Johan Hugo, and there is much excitement about the production of a superb Southern Rhone blend in the not too distant future.