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Production areas: Interactive Map

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Robertson Villiersdorp Paarl | Wellington Lady Smith Ceres

Map: Click on  place-maker to read more about some of our growers in strategic production areas.

 

EARLY  – LOW CHILL AREA: (180 – 300 Cold Units)  |  Production: October to mid December

NORTH WEST

Rustenburg
Located on the foothills of the Northern slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain range, the Nectarine and Peach unit is on average 1 650m above sea level. The accumulation of winter chilling starts in May with June and July being the months during which more than 80% of the winter chilling is accumulated. Being a summer rainfall area, the short compressed winter together with the dry and hot period from August to the end of November, makes this an unique, early production area for fruit with exceptional size, color and sugar. Due to the earliness and location of this area we primarily use this Nectarine and  Peach crop to service airfreight programs.

EASTERN CAPE

Grahamstown
Situated on the East coast, the moderate micro climate enable us to bridge the production periode between the North West and the Western Cape. With an elevation of 450m above sea level, the short frost free winters with a moderate summer climate of between 18 – 27 °C makes this an equally unique low chill production area.  With an additional hour of daylight, in comparison to the North West during the months of November and December; cooler night temperatures, due to its close proximity to the coast, this area is ideal for the production of early Nectarine, Peach and Plum with above average fruit size, color and sugars. The strategic location of this area allows the possibility for sea- and airfreight shipments.

MID – MEDIUM CHILL AREA: (250 – 500 Cold Units)  |  Production: November to mid-March

WESTERN CAPE

Ladismith
The Hoeko valley is situated in the foothills of the Swartberg mountains, 550m above sea level. Despite the fact that the average annual rainfall is only around 300mm, the water rich ravines supply enough water throughout the year to support a sustainable fruit industry in the valley below. The low rainfall, hot summers and extremely cold winters of this area provide the ideal climate for the cultivation of good quality Stone Fruit, with specific reference to Apricots and Plums. More …

Prince Albert
Prince Albert, with an elevation of 680m above sea level, lies on the Southern edge of the Great Karoo, nestling under the majestic Swartberg mountains. It enjoys a beautiful healthy climate with high temperatures in summer and comfortable sunny crisp conditions during winter with cold nights, reaching midwinter minimums of 2 °C, with frost in places. Summer and winter blends into one another, leaving only a matter of weeks for spring and autumn. Prince Albert has an annual rainfall of 200mm of which the majority of it occurs during mid-summer. This dry Karoo conditions with the pure water and air of Prince Albert are optimal for the producing of top quality Stone Fruit, with specific references to Apricots and Plums.

Paarl/Wellington
Wellington is situated 170m above sea level at the foot of the Groenberg on the banks of the Kromme Rivier (Dutch for the Bend River) with Paarl (meaning Pearl in Dutch) just 10km to the South. This area has an annual winter rainfall of 650mm with daily temperatures averaging between 16°C in July to 28°C in February. With its fertile soils and Mediterranean-like climate, this regions provides perfect conditions for the production of Nectarines, Peaches and Plums. More …

Villiersdorp
The orchards are planted in a narrow valley, 320m above sea level surrounded by the Rivier-sonder-end and the Stettyn mountains, called the Bossieveld (Shrub veld). The surrounding mountains play a central part in creating a unique micro climate.  Due to a low annual rainfall of between 250 and 450mm and high daily temperatures this area has a low fungal pressure and produces fruit with high sugars and above average fruit size. More …

Robertson
The Breede River Valley is known for being the largest fruit and wine producing valley in the Western Cape and was formed by its namesake, the Breede River. The Breede River Valley is relatively broad and flat for a Western Cape valley, averaging at a floor height of 80 – 250m above sea level.  It is completely encircled by high mountains of the Cape Fold Belt ranging in height from 1 500m to upward of 2000m’s. This area is climatically diverse, however it completely falls within a Mediterranean climate with most precipitation falling in winter (May through September); the annual rainfall for Robertson can vary between 175 – 300 mm. Summers can be very hot, due to the Du Toitskloof and Riviersonderend Mountains blocking cooling oceanic breezes from reaching the valley. During winter however, the valley is often colder than other seaward regions and snow is a regular occurrence on the surrounding mountains. This unique climate is ideal for the production of Stone Fruit, with specific reference to Plums. More …

LATE – HIGH CHILL AREA: (500 – 800 Cold Units)  |  Production: November to April

WESTERN CAPE

Ceres, Prince Alfred’s Hamlet
Nestled 600m above sea level, between the Skurweberg and Matroosberg mountains, this fertile valley, named after the Goddess of Fertility has an ideal micro climate for the production of medium to late Nectarines, Peaches and Plums. The extremely cold winters, a moderate spring, warm summers and relatively wind free area allows the production of fruit with an exceptional clean appearance, good fruit size, sugars and coloration. With a limited average annual rainfall of only 350 – 550mm, this area has access to very good quality water sources, namely the Koekedouw and Warm Bokkeveld water schemes. More …