Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm
and Boutique Country Winery & Olives

Cederberg accommodation, Rocklands bouldering, Cottages & Retro caravans, near Clanwilliam in the Western Cape

+27 27 482 2700
+27 60 433 2559

info@alphaexcelsior.co.za
alphaexcelsior@mylan.co.za

About us

The story of our African Dream, Alpha Excelsior Farm in the Cederberg Mountains.

Back in 2003, Connie and Lizzie both decided to buy a farm together. Farming is in Connie`s blood. His father had a farm in Tulbagh, where Connie was born, but unfortunately passed away when Connie was 4 years old. The family were unable to hold onto the farm in Tulbagh but it was always Connie`s dream to go back to his family roots and own a farm one day. Lizzie had a dream after her mother passed away whilst she was in England for the Funeral that she and Connie would buy a farm together and this farm would be surrounded by mountains in a valley. The weekend that she returned from England they went looking for farms. Alpha Excelsior, then called Alpha Farm, was the second farm they saw and as they drove in to the farm they both looked at each other and knew in their hearts that this was their new home. Connie`s family farm was called Excelsior so the decided to call their new home Alpha Excelsior meaning `aspring to something higher` in latin. They had lots of work to do on the farm over the years as it was run down and no real irrigation system or infrastructure. But over the last 15 years good progress has been made to turn Alpha Excelsior into the unique farm it is today. With the help of the most amazing team of staff and never giving up in times of flood, fire and even drought we are still here stronger than ever. Connie learnt wine making and planted more vines and 6 ha of Beautiful Olive trees as well as 15 ha of rooibos tea. Lizzie grew the tourism over the years and ran the farm with the staff when Connie was away working in Africa to bring needed cash back to the farm to continue the new projects on the farm and build beautiful houses for our staff. Since 2013 Becky and James have come on board to join the team. James, a nature conservationist, has taken over the Winery & Olive Shed making excellent wine and pressing our own olive oil. He is fast learning all about farming and the running of a Guest Farm. Becky, Lizzie and Connie`s daughter has taken over the running of the tourism and runs The Hen House Coffee shop in climbing season. Emily is now the third generation of family to join the farm and even at a young age is helping with tasting grapes and training of dogs and feeding of chickens and donkies. We all work as a team to look after the Guests, the farm and the Enviroment. Alpha Excelsior is a working farm and we support five families who live and work on the farm and seasonal staff who help us during climbing season, harvesting our grapes, olives and rooibos tea.  We have 5 delightful dogs, chickens galore and 3 rescue donkeys. These characters provide much entertainment and are enjoyed by young and old alike. We hope you enjoy Alpha Excelsior Farm as much as we do and look forward to welcoming you to the farm.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US
+27 27 482 2700 or +27 60 433 2559
info@alphaexcelsior.co.za
alphaexcelsior@mylan.co.za
PO Box 369, Clanwilliam, 8135
South Africa