DE RUST ACTIVITIES
DE RUSTICA OLIVE ESTATE
De Rustica Estate, named after the small Southern Cape town, De Rust and a book by Roman author Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella that was, for more than 1000 years, considered in the ancient Western World as the bible of professional agriculture. In fact, Columella dedicated a number of chapters in De Re Rustica to the olive tree.
While the ancient Greeks used olive oil to light their lamps, Rob Still hopes his estate, De Rustica, will light the way for a world-class olive industry in the heart of the Klein Karoo.
Surrounded by World Heritage Sites and unique floral diversity, De Rustica Olive Estate is situated deep in the picturesque Swartberg Mountains of the Southern Cape.
De Rustica is a triple gold award winning olive estate that focuses on blending perfection and creating only the best quality extra virgin olive oil. Our extra virgin olive oil can compete with the very best from anywhere in the world!
Apart from the highly successful olive oil division the Estates has a large selection of domestic farm animals and is especially proud of the high quality of its sheep and cattle herds.
Grab the opportunity to relax stress-free in the Klein Karoo!
Our accommodation offers 6 comfortable stable rooms equipped with the basic necessities. We choose to appreciate the scenery and beauty of nature around us and therefore, have no day to day access to technology, thus escaping the hassle and bustle of day to day traffic and rat race!
Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil is…
Look for pleasant fruit flavors characteristic of fresh ripe or green olives. Ripe fruit yields oils that are milder, aromatic, buttery, and floral, while green fruit yields oils that are grassy, herbaceous, bitter, and pungent. Fruitiness also varies with the variety of olive.
Fresh olives oil will have a mostly pleasant acrid flavor sensation on the tongue.
A peppery sensation in the mouth and throat is a sign of abundant nutrients in good, fresh extra virgin olive oil.
From Olive to Oil:
- 11h00 Mon – Fri Bookings Essential
- *Tour groups on request
- History of the olives, Orchard, Olive Production and Harvesting
- Olive pressing can be observed (In Season)
- Olive press machinery will be shown and a video on the process (Out of Season)
- Tasting of different olive oil cultivars and Intensity’s.
Get in Touch
Monday to Friday
08:00 – 16:00