Reni Hildenbrand, creator of fine red
and white wines, olives, and olive oils has followed
her childhood passion for wine making and has created
something special at Klein Rhebokskloof, home to Hildenbrand
Wines and Olive oils, Wellington.
Klein Rhebokskloof was a property much
in need of a repair when she bought it.
Being creative and tenacious, she took the 300 year
old historic buildings and transformed them into a place
of working efficiency while retained the charm and timelessness
of the farm. To help pay bills she started Klein Rhebokskloof
Guest and Country House, the first in the district.
Quality is of essence for Reni, including
her time. Wine is not only about its taste, but about
its place of birth. The hands that nurtured it through
the process from grape to wine and the memories of tasting
it with its creator. Besides the huge task of restoring
the farm, Reni had to face the reality of the male dominated
farming world. Her introduction left her questioning
the gentlemanly virtues of farmers, when, on arrival,
they found their neighbour to be a petite female and
a "buitelande"(a foreigner). In attending meetings; she
was addressed as "Meneer"(Mister) even though she
was a "Mevrou"(Madam) and could not speak Afrikaans!