Fruit

Talk from the heart – 125 years – In Pursuit of Excellence

Fredo and Janey last week attended the launch of our book, 125 Years in Pursuit of Excellence, which we wrote during the past two years for the South African Table Grape Industry. At the event Fredo was asked to describe this epic journey. We thought we would share...

Fredo’s Fresh Produce News – looking at April 2019

Fredo is giving you a quick look at the most important issues relating to South Africa which have been on the Market Intelligence network during the past month. More details can be obtained by viewing the originals on the Eurofruit and Asiafruit Newslines. Ramaphosa...

Table grape book – we are done and moving on!

Fredo has been working on the book of the history of South African table grapes for around 18 months. His job was to write the manuscript and deliver it before it would be given to an editor and the layout team. Six months of research and 4 months of writing produced...

Great sadness as Rooiberg and Bodega say goodbye to Freda

Normally Fredo and Janey arrive with great enthusiasm at Rooiberg Cellar near Robertson. It has become our regular stop on the road to and from Cape Town. We always buy some wine, have a light meal at Bodega restaurant and enjoyed the company of all who work there....

Big pumpkins as we wait for Sharon Fruit season

The Valleys below the Langeberg Mountains in the Southern Cape are well-known fruit growing regions. There are citrus, stone fruit, lots of different vegetables – and also black berries from which delightful liqueurs are made. However, this is also Sharon Fruit...

Guess what Fredo is doing over Christmas and New Year?

South Africa is experiencing a short, condensed summer holiday this year. Schools across the country are closed for only three weeks and Fredo’s favourite place, the Goukou River, has been swamped by holiday makers who want to make the most of their only time to have...

Muddling through thousands of photographs

Fredo and Janey have now been working for more than a year of our book on South African table grapes which was commissioned by SATI, the SA Table grape industry organisation. With the manuscript completed, Fredo is now driving Janey crazy, wading through thousands and...

Tracking Constantia’s table grape heritage

We came to Constantia to learn more about this lovely Valley’s place in the history of South African table grapes. We were looking for Hanepoot, the oldest South African table grape and we found some along the winding tree-lined country lanes which bisects the luxury...

The encounter in the church – a visionary speaks

It was a nice September day with the vineyards starting to develop their early summer green. That was the day we visited Warren Bam at Gunsteling near Saron. We were pointed to Warren to discuss his views of the table grape business, particularly as far as it concerns...

The birds and the grapes – an eternal battle!

If there is one of God’s creations that has constantly been a thorn in the flesh of table grape growers, it is birds. Every year, just as the grapes are turning sweet and juicy and ready for the harvest, swarms of them descent on the vineyards where they can cause a...

A snore-reducing pineapple – now Fredo has heard it all!

Fredo’s friends at the Fresh Produce Journal, Britain’s oldest fresh produce magazine, brought light relief this Friday. They dug out a story about British super market Asda unveiling a snore-reducing pineapple plant which will bring much relief for people with noisy...

Welcome!

During the summer months – from October till April – the valleys of the Cape region provides the best of summer fruits – look out for our stories on grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears! We also write about our wonderful avocadoes and citrus fruits, and our berries and cherries!

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Our Books

We publish books on life stories, the history of our country and its peoples and poetry. Look out for ‘Thoughts of a Long Time ago’, the Quest for Quality, a historical review of South African table grapes and its products and peoples.

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