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“Worth dropping by on the route 62”
Review of Marbrin Olive Farm

Marbrin Olive Farm
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Robertson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We are a small family-run boutique olive farm nestled in the renowned Robertson Breede River Valley surrounded by the Langeberg and Riviersonderend Mountains. We extract extra virgin olive oil and process our own unique range of table olives and tapenade. Come and enjoy the ambience of the Robertson Valley as well as the taste of our olives and olive oil, a fruit well-known for its remarkable health benefits. Heading out of Robertson towards Ashton on the Red you will turn left into into Klaasvoogds East (NOT Klaasvoogds West) and travel for about another 2km's till you see the big green Marbrin Olive growers board on your right, turn in there and follow the dirt road for another 2KM'S till you reach the tasting room. Road can be a little bumpy in places, but worth it.
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Went due to the high reviews but wasn't blown away. Firstly wasn't made clear it was 50pp. For 50 rand you get to dip a couple of breads into a range of olive oils. Compared to the number of wine tasting we went to for the same price this was a bit underwhelming. It also seemed that they had just reused the same oil bowls as before as there were still breadcrumbs in it. Lastly when we were looking to buy, we only to buy the tapenade and we were told it'd be 150 and only after I noticed that they would waiver the 50pp for the tasting if we spent 150 which we promptly did by buying two more.

The olive oils were good and the road there rocky and a bit of adventure.

The reviews below seemed to have a drastically different experience. The whole tasting took 15min max to go through 5 Olive oils, 2 olives and a spoon of tapenade. I guess we had anticipated more of an experience based on the wine tasting and it may be because it wasn't Clive wasn't doing the tour which seems to have made the experience more enjoyable for the people writing the reviews.

Thank Stephan R
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CliveH896, Owner at Marbrin Olive Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Wow, that was a rather personal review! I can understand if you did not enjoy yourself at the tasting, but to say that the experience with my partner would probably have been better is just mean and frankly quite hurtful.
I remember you well; you are on your honeymoon over from the UK. Our tastings are personal and they are what you make of them. You weren’t particularly inviting, barely made eye contact and I only really got asked questions by your wife.
The sign right behind my head tells you the price for the tasting, which is I think about 2 pounds if converted… And yes, you get to taste 2 EVOO, 3 infused oils, 2 different types of olives as well as a tapenade. You also got given a complimentary limoncello and a Congrats to your new start in life.
People need to think before writing reviews. These are not just establishments they’re writing about. There are people behind these establishments, people with feelings and emotions.

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Wine tasting is fun but quite repetitive and something like olive oil tasting is a little different. The Marbrin olive farm is about a kilometre down a farm track and is straight forward farm and home that does tastings.
Our presentation was great fun with interruptions from their lovely dogs and young children. It all added to the homemade feel of the place.
We learnt a great deal about Olives and Olive overall and purchased some product to take back to the U.K.
All in all a nice hour or so.

Thank Mike-G91
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

It was lovely to meet the family and get to know the story behind this Olive farm. The olives are divine and the love for food and Robertson and it's people comes through in the tastings which included a very delightful chili oil and Limoncello. We are so glad we stopped and enjoyed the whole experience

Thank Candice N
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We enjoyed our time at Marbrin. Clive is a natural at this - he has a great way with people, offers interesting information about olives and the processing and is passionate about what he does and his product. The olives were delicious, we tasted oils and tapenades too and then ended with a limoncello - all good. If you purchase products, you don't pay for the tasting. Beautiful environment and an entertaining hour spent in the valley.
I would love to suggest to Clive that instead of using white sliced bread for the tasting, he should try ciabatta!

Thank tanya2792016
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Don't be deterred by the seemingly endless dirt track you have to endure to reach the barn where tastings take place. If you like olives (and maybe even if you don't) it will be worth it.

The tastings are delivered with gusto and passion, and cover olives, olive oil, tapenade, limoncello (no I'm not sure how it makes its way onto an olive farm either), and probably a few other things I may have missed.

It's a great way to spend an hour or so. If your transport will make it, do go.

Thank tanda2016
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