Franschhoek Olive Oil Company
Situated in the heart of the Franschhoek valley, Clermont is home to the Franschhoek Olive Oil Company. Our award winning extra virgin olive oil is pressed and bottled on Clermont from olives grown in the Franschhoek Valley
The olive orchard at Clermont consists of mostly Frantoio with a few Leccino and Coratina trees representing the classic Tuscan varieties.
Only carefully selected, healthy olives, handpicked in their prime as they begin to ripen and milled without delay, are used to prepare this peppery and delicately fruity oil.
The olives are pressed as soon as they reach the olive shed using a state of the art Italian olive press. The olives are washed and then crushed before being slowly mixed to help release the oil from the paste and then processed through a decanter to separate the oil.
A strict process is adhered to that ensures our olive oil is truly extra virgin, with no additives and no second pressing – only a first cold extraction of the olives that ensures the very finest extra virgin olive oil.
Once pressed the oil is stored under ideal conditions to maintain the freshness of the oil. The oil is filtered and allowed to settle before bottling. The exception is our “Olio Nuovo” (or new oil) which is bottled directly from the first pressing of the season resulting in the freshest extra virgin olive oil. This unique pressing is only available in limited quantities and best consumed early to enjoy its unique flavour.
The olive pressing season varies from year to year but tends to run from April to June. If you are in Franschhoek enquire at reception to see how we produce extra virgin olive oil by coming and doing a tour of the mill.