When Roleen married Darling Creamery owner, Nicolaas Basson, in 1998, she moved onto the family farm, Alexanderfontein, just outside Darling in the Western Cape.
“There were olive trees already on the farm,” she explains, “in the areas where the soil was not suitable for vineyards.”
This was the beginning of Darling Olives, which, today, is supplied by olives produced on 70ha on Alexanderfontein.
“I started with 50kg of olives from the trees on the farm,” explains Roleen. “There was no information available on the Internet on how to cure olives back in 2006, so it was trial and error. Nowadays there are consultants to answer your questions.”