Production of table grapes remain core business at Rekopane
The production of table grapes have always been the
core business at Naftali/Monte Estate, the predecessor
of Rekopane Estate, and this is likely to continue in
future. This is the view of Peu Bezuidenhout, Managing
Director of Rekopane Estate.
Rekopane’s vineyards already boast the best of
South African seedless grapes, including Prime, Flame
Seedless, Surgraone, Thompson Seedless and Crimson Seedless.
Seeded varieties that produces grapes of exceptional
quality are Victoria and La Rochelle.
All the orchards have been certified in terms of the
international environmental and food safety standerds
of EurepGap and Tesco’s Nature’s Choice.
Rekopane’s evironmental policies are also unique
and are aimed at sustainable agriculture. Protection
of indigenous plants and wild life are part of the way
of life amongst the people of Rekopane.
Rekopane’s people nurture and care for their
grapes from the moment the little bunches are formed
in the spring. When they are ripe, grapes are harvested
and cooled down immediately to remove the field heat
and retain optimum quality.
Rekopane’s modern pack house have received the
highest level of international certification in the
form of BRC, the standard of the British Retail Convention.
After packing and recooling, the grapes are dispatched
for sale to leading customers according to fixed programmes.
Rekopane has an excellent information system and customers
and service providers can constantly stay in touch with
activities in the orchards and pack house through the
website – www.naftali.com
“We are committed to maintaining these high standards
as we move into the future,” says Mr Bezuidenhout.