The Karoo village of Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape was settled at the confluence of two rivers named after the lion in Afrikaans and Khoisan respectively: the Leeu River and the Gamka River.
It is from this life-sustaining source and nature’s most majestic predator that once roamed these parts that Lions Creek takes its name, imbuing its premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil with their enduring character.
345 hectares comprising of 11 cultivars have been established in the Karoo and are supplemented by olive groves in the Nuy Valley where Andries & Louise Rabie began their olive oil journey. The arid climate makes for disease-free groves and while precision farming is practiced for optimum irrigation and fertilisation, the use of glyphosates as a means of eradicating weeds has been replaced by supporting and increasing the growth of indigenous ground covers which acts as natural mulch.
The variety of cultivars enables the production of a wide array of single cultivar Extra Virgin Olive Oils and the Karoo Blend – an EVOO of which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Along with an extensive range of flavored olive oils, Lions Creek can offer the perfect match for any dish, or to suit each and every palate. A diverse selection of Balsamic vinegars imported from Italy complements the estate’s olive oils.
The simplicity, honesty, and wholesomeness of the Karoo are evident in the unadulterated Extra Virgin Olive Oil boasting a wealth of antioxidants and micronutrients – adding flavor and health to life!
Lions Creek Estate welcomes visitors to their Tasting Room and Farm Shop in the Nuy Valley between Worcester and Robertson.