Olive oil is only ‘Extra Virgin’ if its natural free acidity is below 0.8% and its peroxide value below 20mEq/kg. That’s the international standard. Mardouw’s annual lab results are consistently below this standard, certifying and guaranteeing the premium quality of our products. In fact, we are so proud of the certified purity of our products, that we print the lab results of every harvest on our bottles …
All our olive products, including our extra virgin olive oils, table olives, pastes and chutneys, are made from olives grown at our farm, and are free from additives and preservatives.
The entire production process – from blossom to bottle – takes place at the privately owned Mardouw Olive Estate in Swellendam, making all Mardouw’s olive products genuine estate products.
Our dedication to quality and consistency is reflected in the many local and international awards we have received since 2014. Up to this day, Mardouw’s extra virgin olive oil is the most awarded olive oil produced on (South) African soil. View awards
Mediterranean climate and soil conditions at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa provide a perfect home for our 50,000 olive trees. The latest farming and harvesting techniques, including hand-picking and machine-harvesting, cold extraction at optimal ripeness within 24 hours after harvest, as well as expert blending of the best cultivars, guarantee the unique characteristics of Mardouw’s premium olive products.
Every journey begins with a single step. André Verder took that first step in 2002, when he fell in love with a piece of land at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains near Swellendam. With the expertise of the Agricultural Faculty at the University of Stellenbosch, he planted 50.000 new trees to replace old vines, taking advantage of the much treasured water that comes down from the mountains to fill the Mardouw’s wells and dams. The advantage of having started less than a quarter of a century ago, is that we could benefit from the latest techniques for planting trees: high-density orchards, with trees reaching no more than 3m, so that the branches and fruits receive the maximum exposure to sunlight, which translates into healthy and full-flavoured fruit.