The Estate was originally an apple farm. Of the 32 hectares of apple trees, we only kept 4 hectares that do not clash with our vines with regards to blocks and harvesting dates. We currently have 4 varieties of apples and one pear cultivar. The apples are Royal Gala (our favourite!), Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Pink Lady. The pears are Packham Triumph.
Although apple farming is not our core business, it complements the farm nicely. The apple trees are beautiful, especially when flowering. It also keeps our team of labourers busy when there is little else to do. Apart from that, it is hugely gratifying to eat your own apples fresh from the tree! In fact, we have since decided to plant an additional 2.3 ha of Pink Ladies in 2012 and 3.0 ha of Royal Gala in 2014.