The Frater Family arrived in South Africa from the lowlands of Scotland in 1878. Having arrived too late for the Gold and Diamond rushes, they settled on De Zoete Inval Estate in the Paarl Valley.
The farm was originally granted by Simon van der Stel (Governor of the Cape) to Hercule des Pres (Hercule of the Meadows), making it one of the historic treasures of South Africa.
The Fraters purchased the farm for its good quality ‘’soft’’ water, which was perfectly suited to the washing of wool. As time passed they pioneered into successful fruit farming, and 115 years ago built the original wine cellar, which is still in use today.