This past long weekend I spent some time in the Robertson area. One of the stops was a recommendation by my friend Dax who was very keen to check out Marbrin Olive Farm for a bit of proudly South African olive oil indulgence… Being a keen lover of this golden liquid myself, I was happily on board.
Marbrin is a small, family-run boutique olive farm situated in the Robertson Breede River Valley. Surrounded by the Langeberg and Riviersonderend Mountains, their location boasts some pretty impressive views. Let me show you what I mean:
The farm produces extra virgin olive oil, table olives, tapenade, and some other interesting things; and you can join them for a little tasting out there on their lovely “stoep” while enjoying the beautiful setting.
Their extra virgin olive oil comes in 3 styles: Delicate, Medium/Mild and Intense, and all 3 have some impressive awards behind them. Marbrin walked away with gold at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 AND 2016 SA Olive Awards. Their oils have also been selected in the Top 5 & Top 10 Extra Virgin Olive Oils in SA. In 2016 they were also selected as one of the ABSA Top 5 olive oils in SA. (Read more about the ABSA Top 5 on Olive Central over here)Over and above their extra virgin olive oils, we also got to try their Chilli Olive Oil, sundried tomato infused olive oil, white truffle flavoured olive oil, Kalamata olives, Mission olives, balsamic vinegar, balsamic reduction, their garlic, lemon and nutmeg tapenade, and their traditional tapenade.
Of these my favourites included the Delicate & Intense olive oils, the white truffle flavoured olive oil, the Mission olives and the traditional tapenade. All soooooo delicious!
Ooh and they have also started making the best Limoncello I’ve had outside of Italy:To purchase their goodies, you can hop on over to their 0nline shop, keep an eye out at your local super market or Woolies, or contact them on +27 73 840 8228 | +27 78 916 3606 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an enquiry.
Marbrin Olive Farm is open for tastings Monday to Saturday 9am till 4pm. (CLOSED on Sundays)
It’s best to call ahead and let them know that you’re coming though, and for groups of 10 or more bookings are definitely required.
To get there, take note of the following:
- Address: 30-39 Robertson Road, Klaasvoogds River, Robertson, 6707
- GPS Coordinates: -33.812101 S, 20.00603 E
- You will need to hop on to a short bit of dirt road, but nothing too hectic.
It’s time to toss out those imported oils you have in your kitchen people. Local is where it’s at. After tasting these oils, I definitely won’t be falling for any fancy Spanish or Italian labels again.