ben nevis

BEN NEVIS CELLAR AND GUEST FARM

Ben Nevis is situated at the foot of the Clocolan Mountain in the Clocolan district in the Eastern Free State.   


The farm has belonged to Pietie and Carina Botha since 1973. The original cherry orchard, one of the oldest in the area, was planted by the previous owner, Mr Hennie Keyter, and some of the first trees are still there. Initially there were only a few cultivars, such as Black Tartarian, Bing, Giant Heidelfinger, Early Red, Black Biggareau and Napoleon. Over the years, however, three other orchards were planted with Stella, Van, Korum, Burlat, Rainier, Lambert, Lappins, Early Sweet, Early Royal and Royal Lee. There are also peach and plum orchards on the farm, where besides fruit, vegetables  are grown and beef cattle farmed.

 

FARM CHERRY CELLAR

In 1994 the idea of opening a cellar where alcoholic beverages made from cherries could be produced occurred to Pietie as a way of adding value to the existing farming activities  by introducing alcoholic products, produced from cherries. A cellar licence was approved in 1995 and a cherry liqueur, which fast became a hit with the public, was introduced. The liqueur and wine produced at Ben Nevis proved so popular that that the farm soon became such a popular tourist attraction that before long Ben Nevis was transformed into a fully-fledged guest farm. Ben Nevis was the first, and is still the only registered cellar in South Africa producing its unique range of products made from cherries. The farm has tasting room for its liqueurs and wines, and there is a factory shop with a large range of bottled products and dried fruit from the farm. There is also a dining room for functions or tour groups.
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