The Story of the Gooding's Groves Olive Farm - a dream comes true
When Malcolm Gooding, veteran Johannesburg television and radio voice artist, visited the world-renowned Cape Winelands in 1995, where he was covering the Rugby World Cup, he knew he wanted his own little piece of paradise in the Franschhoek Valley. Lacking the crystal ball that would have shown him what a rare treasure this little corner of Africa would become, he bravely took the first step of turning his lifelong passion of planting olive trees on his own olive farm into reality.
With the help of Italian builder Renato Serafin, they set to work building a Cape Victorian farm house and planting young olive trees in the sandy soils that lie in the lee of the Wemmershoek mountains. Assisted by passionate Zimbabwean farm manager, Trymore Mlalazi, Malcolm patiently but steadily developed the groves and small vineyard.
Today, the farm has just over a thousand olive trees that produce annual harvests of Gooding's Groves olive oil and table olives. Malcolm and his wife, Salome is passionate about olive oil and pairing the different olives cultivars with carefully chosen wines. They also enjoy socialising and love sharing these experiences of tasting good wine and good food with friends and family. A few years ago, Malcolm and Salome decided to extend the little farmhouse bit by bit to make room for guests to share the joys of the good things in life: breath-taking views, gentle walks through the groves, sunsets by the dam and, of course, the taste of good wine, olives and fine olive oil.
Enjoy sharing this dream on your visit to Gooding's Groves Olive Farm. Even more, we hope to see you again and again and again.
The owners of Gooding's Groves Olive farm, Malcolm and Salome Gooding.