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Oak Valley

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Oak Valley History

The Journey

Oak Valley Estate was founded in 1898 by Sir Antonie Viljoen, a medical doctor who graduated from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Sir Antonie became a Senator in the Cape Parliament and was knighted by King George in 1916 for his efforts to reconcile the Boers and Brits in the bitter aftermath of the Boer War.

 

Sir Antonie was a farmer extraordinaire and amongst his many farming achievements was the establishment of the first commercial apple orchards in the Elgin Valley. The apple industry remains the economic backbone of the region today.

 

Well over a century has passed since the pioneering accomplishments of Sir Antonie and today Oak Valley lies in the heart of the Elgin Valley, renowned for its apples and pears, its greenhouse cut-flowers, and, for the production of its outstanding cool climate wines.

 

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Flowers

A Fresh Cut

Established in 1978, Oak Valley Flowers has grown to become the largest production unit and wholesaler of fresh cut flowers in the Western Cape.

 

The speciality crops include Chrysanthemums, Alstroemeria and Lilliums along with a range of seasonal flowers and greenery.

 

Oak Valley Flowers supplies high quality cut flowers to wholesalers, florists, hotels and supermarket chains.

Fruits

Perfectly Natural

The first apple orchard on Oak Valley was planted in 1900. The varietal mix for apples includes Pink Lady, Sundowner, Fuji, Braeburn, Royal Gala, Kanzi as well as the more traditional Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Topred. The pear mix includes Abate Fetel, Forelle, Cheeky and Packhams Triumph.

 

The fruit is packed and stored at Two-a-Day where Oak Valley is a shareholder. The fruit is marketed locally and abroad under the Tru-Cape brand.

 

The Two-a-Day Group also owns a subsidiary, Elgin Fruit Juices, which produces apple juice concentrate for the local and export markets.

Social Initiatives

Growing Together

Oak Valley offers its employees many benefits and has invested significantly in social infrastructure and upliftment. The benefits include;

  • Staff housing for permanent employees with free water, maintenance and subsidised electricity.
  • Free transport to and from work.
  • Créche and day care centre offering three balanced meals per day, nappies and formula for babies.
  • Provident pension fund and funeral policy.
  • Medical cost company contribution and mobile clinic visitations.
  • Computer science centre available to all employees with free internet access.
  • Sports club offering rugby, cricket, tennis courts and netball under floodlights. Oak Valley encourages a healthy outdoor lifestyle for its youth.
  • Educational bursary scheme for qualifying students. Courses offered at the Elgin Learning Foundation. Access to the Two-a-Day Education Trust for tertiary education funding.
  • Full time security, security manager, 24-hour gate security and 24-hour patrols on the farm.
  • Oak Valley has throughout its history maintained the principle of equal employment opportunities based on merit.
  • Community hall and training centre, environmental awareness programs, annual garden competitions, protective clothing provided, and financial rewards for long-service.

Green Initiatives

One with nature

Oak Valley has a long history of environmental management which includes the following initiatives; comprehensive environmental management plan, annual accreditations and audits, sustainable water management, soil fertility and erosion management, energy efficiency strategies, waste disposal and recycling of plastic and metal, and conservation of natural flora and fauna.

 

Our vineyards grow alongside pristine mountain fynbos in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a Unesco heritage site and part of the spectacular Cape Floral Kingdom. Oak Valley is a founder member of the Groenlandberg Conservancy and the Green Mountain Eco Route which was formed to promote eco-tourism in the region.

 

Oak Valley was also the first in the Overberg to achieve Champion status for the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative where we undertook to preserve all fynbos from future development on the property.

 

An annual budget is dedicated to eradicating alien vegetations with a focus on the mountain slopes and alongside our mountain streams.

 

Oak Valley also won the inaugural Nedbank Green Awards for Best Environmental Practices in the South African Wine Industry.

 

All livestock are raised ethically on open pasture with no added hormones or antibiotics.

 

Environmental responsibility is part of our ingrained ethos. As farmers we strive to be custodians of nature and make a commitment to produce our products sustainably into the future.