The estate on the banks of the Breede River, in the "little Karoo" with hot days and cool nights and the wind doctor protecting the trees. Irrigation is on demand from the Brandvlei Water Scheme.
RIO LARGO OLIVE ESTATE has 18,000 trees made up of various cultivars; Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina and FS-17. All cultivars originate from Italy and are known to complement each other in making delicious, well balanced olive oil.
The cultivars ripen at different times during the harvest which determines that olives are handpicked at optimal ripeness rather than being faced with all fruit ripening simultaneously and then having to harvest some unripe and some overripe.
Frantoio is the dominant cultivar with good oil yields and a fruity flavour, Coratina is pungent, strong and peppery whilst Leccino is very smooth and mild. Such cultivars have become the preferred blend for Italian oils and were specifically developed for high-quality oil.
RIO LARGO OLIVE ESTATE adopts biological farming methods for sustainable agriculture by “putting more back then you take out” together with overall concern for protecting the environment for future generations.
Nick is personally responsible for the ensuring that every aspect of the farm is under his watchful eye and is passionate about the olive oils he produces on the estate; storing the olive oils under optimal conditions and only bottling this special product on order, ensuring quality from tree to table with every litre shared.
Current, independent chemical analysis is available for each year of harvest, should it be required. RIO LARGO is an accredited member of the SA Olive Association and voluntarily submit all oils to the SA Olive Association for submission to their Certificate of Compliance Scheme
Using a state of the art MORI TEM processing plant, with satellite links to Giorgio Mori in Italy, Nick Wilkinson, Master Miller, produces some of the finest cold extracted extra virgin olive oil in South Africa.
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RIO LARGO was one of the first estates to embark on the journey of sharing their quality EVOO in bag-in-box in South Africa.
The bag has been specially manufactured to protect the olive oil from the enemies of heat, light and oxygen. The twist tap protects against oxidation so that RIO LARGO is fresh till the last drop. Each decanter is specially designed and personalised corporate labels are available on request.
100% locally manufactured
A proudly South African product