Tokara takes the cake

Tokara EVOO

By Renate Engelbrecht

Wednesday, Sep 28

The acclaimed family owned wine and olive estate, Tokara – located in Stellenbosch – has been enjoying recognition for its olive oil and its wines this year and with good reason.

Tokara Olive Oil

I’ve always been a fan of Tokara’s wine. In fact, it’s only recently that I discovered their olive oil. Little did I know that Tokara enjoys recognition as one of South Africa’s top producers of world-class Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). The farm’s olive oil journey started just over a decade ago, with primarily Tuscan olive varieties. Now, four cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oils are produced on the farm – two single varietal oils and two more intense multi-varietal blends.

Tokara Extra Virgin Olive Oil Creative
Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Earlier this year, Tokara Premium – their flagship blend EVOO – brought home a gold medal as a Top Five achiever at the inaugural Amsterdam International Olive Oil Competition (AIOOC) 2022. This competition is the only of its kind in the Netherlands, and it is hosted by the ‘Stichting Olijfolie Nederland’, a non-profit organisation tasked with educating consumers about the benefits of olive oil.

Try this recipe while cooking with Tokara.

Did you know?

You can visit Tokara Delicatessen for complimentary olive oil tastings and purchases. For a more structured, guided olive oil tasting experience, you can visit the Tokara Tasting Lounge. Bookings are recommended – email or call 021 808 5900.

But wait, there’s more

In addition to the great achievements when it comes to their olive oil, Tokara has also recently ranked rather high in the annual Tim Atkins South Africa 2022 Special Report. In fact, Tokara’s Cabernet Sauvignon once again took a bow amongst ten Tokara wines that scored 91 or more points in the report.

Tokara Tim Atkin scores 2022 original

The top achiever in Atkins’ report this year, is the TELOS 2017 (scoring a whopping 97/100). This is the third vintage of Tokara’s pinnacle Cabernet Sauvignon, due for release in 2023. The masterly crafted wine is said to be the epitome of precision and stands proudly alongside the best in the world.

Furthermore, the 2019 Tokara Reserve Collection and the farm’s premium Cabernet Sauvignon scored 93 and 91 respectively. Both their flagship 2019 red and white wines – the Director’s Reserve Red and the Director’s Reserve White – scored 94. Additionally, Tokara’s Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique 2014 and the Reserve Collection Syrah 2018 also scored 93 points, and the Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2021, as well as both the 2020 and 2021 vintages of the Reserve Collection Chardonnay all scored 92.

The Tim Atkins Special Report – now in its 10th year – is highly regarded internationally as an independent assessment of South African wines and therefore, these wines are probably some of your best bets this summer!

Tokara olive oil in the box

Whether you’re cooking with their olive oil, or drinking their wine, all I can say is that it’s always happy wining and dining with Tokara!


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