Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find something special.
Tucked away in the Cederberg Mountain Range in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is the small village of Wupperthal, the birthplace of rooibos. Here, the humble, hardworking people of Wupperthal have been farming rooibos organically for over 200 years, and while they are not a rich community, they are a community rich in traditions and steeped in history. Following in the footsteps of their forefathers and mothers, they’ve preserved Wupperthal Rooibos cultivation rituals for generations, making Wupperthal Rooibos 1830 the country’s best kept secret.
An infusion that’s truly special, Wupperthal Rooibos is the lifeblood of this small, rural community. Whether it’s because of the extremely hot summer months, the intensely cold winter conditions or the skillful hands that tend the rooibos plants, Wupperthal Rooibos is darker in colour, stronger and naturally sweeter in flavour, with subtle caramel and fruity aromas, establishing it as a rooibos of the highest quality.
Its rich anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties ensure that it’s as good for you as it is for the people who grow it.
The World's Finest Rooibos
The remote Wupperthal valley in South Africa is credited in what is now regarded as the epicentre of this plant species. It was here that the first rooibos plants and their almost miraculous health properties were discovered more than 200 years ago.
The rooibos plantations are farmed by small-scale farmers of Khoisan ancestry more than 900 meters above sea level. This unique location, altitude and micro-climate combine to create a rooibos that is darker, deeper in flavor and aroma than conventional rooibos.
Until recently, the more than 70 Wupperthal Rooibos farmers in the area were severely impoverished and remained vulnerable to the vagaries of the market. With the investment of Bestinvestin, an additional 100 ha of rooibos were planted during 2018.
Enjoy every cup
The Wupperthal Rooibos 1830 farmers use age-old cultivation methods, free of all fertilisers and pesticides, that result in a rooibos that is rich in anti-oxidants and other goodness.