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Waterval Farm, Paardeberg

Farm & Family History

Waterval is one of the oldest farms in the Pardeberg, with an ancient old thatched roof farmhouse dating back to the late 18th Century. Like most surrounding farms at that time, Waterval had a diverse output of fruit orchards, vegetables and livestock to name a few. Over time and with the rise and formation of Swartland Co-op in the late 1940’s, farms started to concentrate on planting more grapes. Waterval has been in the Schreiber family since 1947. Father and son team, Cyril and Barry built up the farm and vineyards for most of their lives. Soon after graduating from Elsenburg, third generation Franziska joined her father Barry. Gradually she began to take the ‘reins’ into her own hands, combining old school knowledge and experience from the older generation with a fresh outlook and modern techniques.