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The FARM HISTORY

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1808
Johann Georg Carinus

Bought the farm in 1858. Live stock, grain crops.

1853
Petrus Jacobus (Pieter) Carinus

Live stock, dairy, grain crops and vegetables.

1888
Johann Georg (Jonny) Carinus

Tabaco, wine grapes, dairy, live stock, grain crops.

1922
Petrus Jacobus (Piet) Carinus

Tabaco, grapes and wine, peaches, dairy, Cash crops / vegetables.

1949
Johan Georg Carinus

Retired and live on the farm. Tobacco, Plums, grapes.

1979 & 1982
Petrus Jacobus (Piet) & Hugo Carinus

2 x Brothers. Grapes, citrus, blue berries, plums.

The history of Fransmanskraal

The history of Fransmanskraal

The patriarch of the Carinus family in South Africa, Johann Georg, arrived at the Cape in 1760 as a young man. He was a soldier in the service of the VOC (Dutch East India Company).

Johann Carinus became the assistant overseer of De Schuur (later known as Groote Schuur). Jan van Riebeeck had De Schuur built for grain cultivation and storage purposes.

Within the first generation, his children began to move from Cape Town to the agricultural areas of Durbanville and Bottelary, primarily due to marriages with women from those regions. Over time, the Stellenbosch Carinuses acquired more and more farms in the Bottelary region, moving further away from the Kuils River area towards Stellenbosch. Ultimately, in the early 1850s, they settled on the farm known as “Dwars-in-die-weg,” from which the farm “Fransmanskraal” was later separated in 1955.


The Carinus family has thus been in the country for nine generations, extending to the youngest children of the current generation (2023). They have been on the Dwars-in-die-weg/Fransmanskraal farm since the third generation.

Sustainability Partnerships

Sustainability Partnerships

As stewards of the land, we take pride in our sustainable practices and commitment to environmental preservation.

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED STANDARD FOR FARM PRODUCTION

 

GLOBALG.A.P. establishes the benchmarks for smart farm assurance solutions, including a variety of standards for safe, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable farming practices. The most extensively employed GLOBALG.A.P. standard is the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA), which is applicable to fruit, vegetables, aquaculture, floriculture, livestock, and other sectors. This standard serves as the foundation for the GGN label, which represents a consumer label signifying certified and responsible farming practices, as well as transparency.

WINE AND AGRICULTURAL ETHICAL TRADE ASSOCIATION

As a WIETA member, Fransmanskraal can assess adherence to South Africa’s labour and occupational health and safety laws, and we ensure that our management systems are in line with sustainable ethical principles, policies, and practices.

INTEGRATED PRODUCTION OF WINE

 

Fransmanskraal proudly holds an IPW certification, which aligns with international environmental sustainability standards in the wine industry. This certification ensures that all our farming practices and production processes are conducted with a strong focus on environmental conservation, ensuring that our grapes are grown in an environmentally responsible manner.

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE OF SOUTH AFRICA

Our SIZA certification allows our farm to ensure ethical and environmentally sustainable trade practices. Together we monitor our impacts and conservation of the environment and remain compliant with current labour legislation practices.

Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy (BHRC)

We take pride in our membership in the BHRC, where private landowners are dedicated to conserving the beautiful Renosterveld in the Bottelary Hills, along with its endangered wildlife and plant species.


Our members actively contribute by adhering to sustainable farming and wine production practices, guided by the biodiversity standards established by the South African wine industry.

Fransmanskraal tractor

Community

Our current generation’s journey began as a family-run business with a vision to make a difference in our community by creating jobs through agriculture and hospitality, fostering a lasting legacy. We believe that by empowering individuals and nurturing a spirit of community, we can cultivate a positive impact on society. This commitment to our community is the driving force behind everything we do.

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