The Scherpenheuwel Valley
The Scherpenheuwel Valley follows the Southern Bank of the Breede River for about 15km before the river cuts through the mountain on its way to Robertson. The valley is hemmed in on the south by rolling foothills and koppies extending far back to the Riviersonderend Mountains. The natural vegetation consists of succulent Karoo with fynbos high on the mountains.
The Breede River, with its source in the Ceres mountains is the lifeblood of the farming community supporting large farms along its banks. The predominant crop is wine grapes with many thousands of tons delivered to the Aan De Doorns co operative wine cellar and the large private cellar, Alvi’s Drift. Many hectares are also planted to fruit for the canning and fresh market, with varieties like apricots, plums and peaches being exported over seas.
There has been a recent expansion into high quality olives for oil and table olives with awards being won for oil by the farm Rio Largo and black table olives grown and processed by Oryx Ridge.
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