9 Golden Olive Oil Tasting Tours & Experiences You Must Try In the Western Cape

Words: Crush

With Mediterranean climates and rich soil, the Western Cape is home to several olive farms and estates that produce some of the finest, award-winning olive oils and offer delightful tasting experiences. Whether you’re a novice or connoisseur, these olive oil tasting tours in the Western Cape are an absolute must.


Babylonstoren is not only a visual delight but also a pioneer in sustainable agriculture, with its enchanting gardens and breathtaking landscapes. Established in 1692, the farm is renowned for its premium extra virgin olive oil. Produced from 13 olive cultivars, ranging from delicate Frantoio to fruity Coratina, their olive oil tasting experience is ideal for first-timers.

Guests can join their Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tour for a guided journey through their balsamic cellar. This is followed by a tasting of their table olives and ends with an olive oil tasting session. Guests are also given a 100 ml sample of each olive oil to take home.

Location: Klapmuts – Simondium Rd, Simondium
Tasting sessions: Mon-Sun: 11h00, 13h00 or 15h00 (duration 60 min)
Price: R 200 per person (Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tour) *max. 6 guests; payment required in advance to secure booking.
Contact: 021 863 3852 | Email

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Baleia Wines & Olive Oil

At Baleia, an enchanting olive oil experience awaits visitors. The first groves, grown from Tuscan cultivars, were planted in 2008. Although there isn’t a formal tasting tour offered at the estate, guests are treated to a sampling session of their exceptional products.

The Baleia Director’s Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a harmonious mix of 90% Coratina and 10% Frantoio, offers a sophisticated flavour profile, with green tomato and asparagus aromas and a touch of lemon freshness. Meanwhile, the Baleia Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a blend of Coratina, Favolosa (FS-17), and Leccino olives, showcases distinctive aromas and buttery, bitter and peppery notes. Tasting sessions are free of charge; bread samples are sometimes offered to larger groups.

Location: N2 – National Road, Riversdale
Tasting sessions: Mon-Fri: 09h00–17h00 | Sat & Public Holidays: 10h00–15h00 | Closed Sundays
Price: Free of charge
Contact: 028 713 1214 | Email

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Darling Olives

Nestled in the charming town of Darling, this family-owned farm is committed to preserving the heritage of local olive cultivation. The olive trees grow near the Atlantic Ocean – the distinctive taste is a reflection of the unique terroir. Darling Olives focuses on producing extra virgin olive oil and table olives from the Mission cultivar, one of the most popular varieties in South Africa.

Visit the Darling Tasting Room to explore their range of olive products, including their flagship EVOO, garlic-infused olive oil; olive chocolate, jams, pastes and rubs; as well as their Black and Calamata Olives. It is a great olive oil tasting tour for families and friends.

Location: R315, Yzerfontein Road (3km outside of Darling), Alexanderfontein Estate, Darling
Tasting sessions: Mon-Fri: 09h00–16h00, Sat: 09h00–13h00 | Closed Sundays
Price: R 55 per person (groups of 10 people); R 60 per person (groups larger than 10) | Bookings are recommended for larger groups. Sessions last for 30 minutes.
Contact: 022 492 3171 | Email

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De Rustica Olive Estate

Situated in De Rust, De Rustica Olive Estate showcases a seamless blend of traditional and innovative cultivation methods. Part of their estate collection is their Coratina EVOO, which was awarded ‘Absolute Best Olive Oil’ at the 2023 EVOOLEUM Awards in Spain.

Visit their showroom for an olive oil tasting tour, or experience their full tour, where you can learn about all the processes involved in harvesting and the production. Guests can also taste various cultivars and styles at their impressive Klein Karoo farm.

Location: Oudemuragie Road, De Rust
Tasting sessions: Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h00 | Saturdays & Public Holidays: 09h00–15h00
Price: R45 per person (Olive Oil Tasting Tour; ± 40 minutes) | R 85 per person (From Olive to Oil Tour; ±1h 15 minutes) | Make a booking
Contact: 044 241 2177

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Marbrin Olive Farm

Located in Robertson, against the picturesque backdrop of the Breede River Valley, lies Marbrin Olive Farm. With eight consecutive gold medals, awarded from 2011-2018 at the SA Olive Awards, the farm is committed to the art of olive oil production. Guests can savour their delicious estate extra virgin olive oil, infused olive oils, and homemade olive during their in-depth tour of the factory – well worth the journey to Robertson.

Location: Klaasvoogds EAST, Klaasvoogds, Robertson
Tasting sessions: R 80 per person, ±45 minutes | includes a tasting of Marbrin EVOO; 5 infused olive oils; table olive tasting and a limoncello palate cleanser | Mon-Sat; appointment only.
Contact: 073 840 8228 | 078 916 3606 | Email

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Morgenster Estate

Morgenster Estate is renowned for its award-winning extra virgin olive oil. With its roots tracing back to 1711, the farm boasts a blend of Italian and South African olive cultivars, creating a harmonious and well-balanced oil. Morgenster’s commitment to quality has led to its recognition as a pioneer in the South African olive oil industry.

Besides olive oil, the farm also produces wine. If strictly visiting for the olive oil tasting, the estate offers a single cultivar tasting, and a standard olive oil tasting experience.

Location: Morgenster Estate, Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West
Tasting sessions: Mon-Sat: 09h00–17h00 | Sun: 09h00–16h00
Price: R70 (Single Cultivar Range Tasting) | R 75 (Olive Oil Tasting) | R 520 (The Italian Experience for two); includes a tutored extra virgin olive oil tasting, an Italian-style platter, and a bottle of wine from their Giulio Range.
Contact: 021 852 1738​​ | Email

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Tokara Wine Estate

Nestled on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain, Tokara Wine Estate offers a unique olive oil tasting experience. Besides magnificent wines, the estate produces a range of extra virgin olive oils produced from Tuscan olive varieties, as well as balsamic vinegar, which guests can taste during the tour. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the vineyards and olive groves, while exploring the farm’s rich history.

Location: Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch
Tasting sessions: R 85 per person; includes 2 olive oil tastings (Frantoio and Mission cultivars) and 2 balsamic vinegar tastings | Mon-Sun: 10h00–18h00; Last tasting at 17h30
Contact: 021 808 5900 | Email

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Rio Largo Olive Estate

At the breathtaking Rio Largo Olive Estate, visitors are treated to a unique and flavourful olive oil tasting experience. Owned and run by Nick and Brenda Wilkinson, Rio Largo Olive Estate is known for its commitment to producing quality extra virgin olive oil.

The estate is home to 18 000 olive trees and primarily focuses on four cultivars: Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, and FS-17. Patrons can indulge in the distinct profiles of Rio Largo’s extra virgin olive oils, varying from mild to medium and pungent intensities; they also offer a tasting of their lemon-infused olive oil. Tasting sessions are free of charge and offered by appointment only.

Location: Rio Largo Olive Estate, Scherpenheuwel Valley, Breede River
Tasting sessions: *Appointment only
Price: Free of charge
Contact: 082 340 6726 | Email

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Willow Creek Olive Estate

In the landscape of local olive oil, Willow Creek stands out as one of the most recognised brands. Visit their estate in Worcester for a comprehensive tasting of their complete product range, which includes extra virgin olive oils, flavoured olive oils, balsamic vinegar, table olives and olive pastes. The tasting session is free of charge, however, larger groups are charged a minimum fee of R 50 and are required to deposit 50% of the total fee when making bookings.

Location: Willow Creek Olive Estate, Nuy Road Nuy Valley, Worcester
Tasting sessions: Mon-Fri: 09h00–16h00, Sat: 09h00–14h00, Closed Public Holidays
Price: Small groups: free of charge | Larger groups (more than 10 people): R 50 per person; a 50% deposit and booking is required.
Contact: 023 342 5793 | Email

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