About the farm
Stretching along the Langeberg mountain range are the towns of Robertson and McGregor. Koningsrivier farm lies off the main road between these two towns. The farm was originally named Konings River, as a tribute to the Breede River a few kilometers away.
Wine grapes, peaches, apricots, and vegetables (tomatoes, butternuts, gem squash, and green peppers) are produced on Koningsrivier. There is also a block of rosemary that grows on Kingsrivier.
We have 26 permanent employees on the farm. An old farm workers’ house was restored into a guest cottage (Klipberg cottage), and one of the old farmhouses was changed into a guest house, King Manor.
Koningsrivier was established in 1886 by the Colyn family. From their great grandfather, “Oupa Piet,” knowledge and family trades were handed to his only son Schalk Colyn. Schalk took over in 1961 and married Miranda, and they had four children. Their son, Niël Colyn, is the fifth generation farmer and 1st generation winemaker of his family to be producing grapes and wine on the same farm. In 2002 he started crafting his wines, and in 2005 the first wine was bottled. Niël married Janine in 2012, and they have two children.