MONT ROUGE OLIVE ESTATE

The Mont Rouge Olive Estate nestles in the Groot River basin which flows through the farm en route to Gouritzmond on the East Coast of South Africa. 
At an elevation of approximately 250 meters above sea level, in limy soils, this makes for the perfect Mediteranean terroir for olive cultivation.

The orchards consist of Mission, Frantoio, Kalamata, Lecino, Coratina and Nocellara cultivars.  The olives are handpicked at optimal ripeness and the oil extracted cold, using the latest Pieralisi equipment to achieve extra virgin quality”- say Hanna Coetzee, Marketing Manager at Mont Rouge - “Our table olives undergo a process of slow fermentation of 12-14 months. Whence bottled – continued Coetzee - you can be assured of a product that has been preserved by limestone filtered mountain water and salt of the earth only. The Estate is a centre of excellence and a leader in the oil sector in South Africa.”

Mont Rouge Olive Estate became a member of the SA Olive Industry Association in order to ensure that they adhere to their strict quality standards.  The following requirements have been met – guaranteed 100% South African product, year of harvest is displayed on the bottle, adherence to the SA Code of Conduct and Practice for production and labelling, and assurance that high quality standards are met with the label accurately reflecting its content.

The Mont Rouge Olive Estate is a wholly owned subsidiary of Assegaay Bosch Ranch (Pty) Ltd which also operates other employment generating rural enterprises in and around Vanwyksdorp.  The Estate is situated 12kms East of the village of Vanwyksdorp on route R1661 to Calitzdorp – in the heart of the Little Karoo.  The farm was previously operated as a mechanised lucerne farm but converted to olives in 2006.  Unemployment in the district of Vanwyksdorp is of the highest in South Africa and in an effort to alleviate this problem as well as abject poverty that goes with it, Mont Rouge decided to switch to olives as it is probably the most labour intensive of all fruit farming enterprises. 

The Assegaay Bosch Social Investment Initiative is a three-way innovation in land reform for long term development of rural communities and the environment in South Africa.  First, by matching private and public funds for social and economic goals with shares in existing rural enterprises, ASII ensures sustainable improvements in the well-being of previously disadvantaged people.  In addition, by integrating new employment opportunities with diverse ecological programmes, ASII will productively contribute to the rehabilitation of natural resources and enhanced resilience in the district.  The Mont Rouge Olive Estate is situated in the heart of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) of which it is a member.  The GCBR is recognised by UNESCO as a Heritage Site for global biodiversity.

The Pieralisi Group, having supplied all the state of the art olive oil extraction equipment for this noble venture, is proud to be associated with the Mont Rouge Olive Estate


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