KOELFONTEIN HAS BEEN THE PROUD HERITAGE OF SEVEN GENERATIONS OF THE CONRADIE FAMILY.
Koelfontein has been the proud heritage of seven generations of the Conradie Family. Every person who has been fortunate enough to lay down roots on this farm is grateful for the life its soil has bestowed upon them and their families.
This is the legacy of Koelfontein farm, one which continues to sustain the lives of all who toil here in the Ceres valley to ultimately bring its bounty to other families far and wide.
Fruit farming is the central focus of our business. Our top quality fruit is distributed locally and exported to numerous foreign markets, and is cultivated for fresh consumption, canning and for sun-drying. Wine grapes are also grown on a small scale and the award-winning wines made from it are marketed under our own “Koelfontein” brand. And we have also entered the tourism market with the renovation of one of our historical farm houses, Die Kloof, which is now a self-catering cottage.
Koelfontein farm in the Warm Bokkeveld dates back to 1832 when the Conradie family first began to farm the land. Koelfontein is named after the natural spring located on the farm and is all about fruit farming. Today deciduous fruit orchards cover about 185 hectares of the farm’s 950 hectares, and 29 different cultivars are grown here.
Koelfontein is a family farm, and whilst husband and wife team Handri and Noelani Conradie, are the current Conradie custodians here, hundreds of people are involved, each playing a key role in this capital- and personnel-intensive operation and ensuring that the legacy of Koelfontein farm is passed onto the next generations.