|Phone:||+27 (0) 27 482 2155|
|Fax:||+27 (0) 27 482 1844|
|Address:||Rooibos Avenue, Clanwilliam, Western Cape
S 32° 11.131' EO 18° 53.291'
From its humble origins in the rugged Cederberg region of the Western Cape, the Rooibos industry has charted phenomenal growth, accumulating a history as colourful as the land from which it comes. Since 1954 Rooibos Limited has been producing high-quality Rooibos from over 250 supplier farms and now distributes this uniquely South African product to all corners of the world.
The unique Rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis) only grows in the mountainous Cederberg region 250 km to the north of Cape Town. Here, the clean air and pure mountain streams nourish the mountain slopes on which Rooibos is grown. The Cape Province is one of the major floral kingdoms of the world and is home to over 4000 different plant species. Many of these species can only thrive in localised ‘micro-climates’.
The Cederberg mountain range, near Clanwilliam, with its clean air and pure mountain streams, boast such a micro-climate. In this region of winter rainfall and coarse sandy soil is the only place in the world where Rooibos grows in its natural state.
The locals of the area were first to discover that the fine needle-like leaves of the plant made a tasty, aromatic tea. It was not until 1904 that a Russian immigrant and pioneer realised its marketing potential. Benjamin Ginsberg came from a family who had been in the tea industry in Europe for centuries providing him with know-how to market this new “mountain tea”.
Rooibos is a natural caffeine free product, rich in antioxidants, minerals and polyphenols, and free of any additives, preservatives or colourants. It is also anti-spasmodic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-allergenic.
Rooibos has many uses. It can be enjoyed as a health-enhancing tea, or used as a magic ingredient to add nutritional value, health benefits, colour or flavour to food, drinks and other products.
Rooibos Limited has set the highest standards in growing and producing Rooibos – its many certifications serve as a benchmark for sustainability and ethical practises – they include HACCP, Ecocert, NOP, JAS, Fair Trade, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Heart Mark, Kosher and Halaal.
Rooibos is delicious and satisfying, and refreshes naturally without the caffeine, sugar or additives contained in most soft drinks. The mineral content of Rooibos is an added benefit – iron, potassium, zinc, manganese and sodium help to restore the body's natural balance after a strenuous workout. Rooibos is ideal to keep the body hydrated. We invite all visitors to Clanwilliam to a free audio visual presentation and a delicious cup of Rooibos!
Visiting times – Monday to Friday: 09:30, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30
A range of Rooibos tea and Rooibos products will be for sale at our factory/gift shop.
Open between 08h00 and 16h30.