Cross Keys Inn, Temperance

Development

Pears and ApplesFrom this partnership came the establishment of a new fruit and wine farm in the heart of South Africa 's fruit producing region.

Thandi Farm is producing high quality apples, pears and plums. These are being exported mainly to the UK. The farm has also been awarded the FAIRTRADE status .

The wines currently produced include a fine full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. A Chardonnay with flavours of citrus and orange blossom, which is light, and not over wooded and very drinkable plus the original brick red Pinot Noir which is silky soft with an excellent balance between fruit, wood and tannin.The wines were launched onto the UK market to much acclaim and are available from Tesco supermarkets. (read more

2003 saw the launch of the Thandi Farm Shop plus a craft unit and a restaurant. For this venture additional shareholders and a 450,000 Rand personal loan had to be found. The farm stall sells apples, pears and plums from the farm plus vegetables from the newly established vegetable gardens. [link to photo] Wine tasting and sales and crafts from the craft unit also feature. The restaurant serves meals from 8.0am to 5.0pm . Included in the menu is a fine breakfast, soups and lunches, scones and light snacks using as much local produce as possible and parties of up to 80 can be catered for.

The whole Thandi project employs around 35 permanent staff with approximately 200 seasonal workers.