One of the treasures inherited by the Duke of Bedford, who called the estate home in the earlier parts of this century, is an Olive Grove. Cascade Country Manor boasts 900 olive trees on the property, which produces approximately 1 000 litres of olive oil annually.
From these decade old trees comes the harvest for Cascade Manor’s own Olive Oil, a hobby of Owner/Chef Volker Goetze. It is a unique blend produced mainly from Frantoio and Leccino olives.
Olive Oil Tasting
You can experience a pre-dinner Olive Oil Tasting enjoyed with freshly baked bread from the wood fired stone oven. Olive Oil tastings are offerd daily at 10 am. Booking in advance is necessary.
Frantoio & Leccino
These cultivars are the principal participants in Italian olive oils from Tuscany. Leccino has a mild sweet flavour while Frantoio is fruity with a stronger aftertaste.Frantoio is the most noted olive oil variety of Tuscany, Italy, and one of the most highly acclaimed oil varieties in the world. It is grown commercially in most olive growing regions including Italy, North Africa, Australia, Argentina and California. Under the name ‘Paragon’, Frantoio olives have also well proven themselves in most olive growing regions of Australia.Frantoio olive trees have been grown in Italy for centuries under at least 19 synonyms such as Frantoiano, Correggiolo, Raggio, Gentile and Razzo. However, Italian DNA research in late 1998 showed that 12 Frantoio synonyms tested were all genetically different to some degree. Just for interest, in Tuscany, Italy, an olive oil processing factory is also called a ‘Frantoio’.
Frantoio olives are small to medium size (2 to 3g) and oval in shape. The olives have a pleasant nutty flavour when pickled. When mature, the fruit are coloured purple-black, but at the preferred harvest time for oil production are green and purple-green. The highly noted oil is of fruity character, highly aromatic and of leading quality.
Leccino is also known as Leccio, Premice and Silverstone. The drupe is of medium size (2 to 2.5 grams). The maturation is early and simultaneous.
The fruit is purple-black although purple green at the optimal picking time. It has variable oil content of between 16 and 21%. The oil is good, mildly fruity and delicate.
This is a very rustic variety, widely planted throughout the world. The tree is quick to produce and resists well adverse climatic conditions and parasites. More recently it has been used for the production of table olives, semi-ripe or black.
Outlets & Price
Cascade Manor Olive Oil can be purchased on the Estate.
- 250 ml R55
- 500 ml R85
Cascade Manor received a Silver Award in the category for Intensely Fruity oils at the 2008 SA Olive Awards.