The balsamic raspberry vinegar which is kept in wooden barrels won as a five year old balsamic the award of "Best New Product of South Africa" in 2006 from the EAT IN Guide and RMB Bank.
In 2007 Protea Hill Farm won the "SA Produce Awards" again with the range of 8 "Balsamic Herb Vinegars", which are in great demand by leading chefs countrywide and abroad.
Aside from salt and pepper, acidity is the most important element in the seasoning of food; it should enhance and balance the dish. Vinegars, lemon or limes are most often used, but even wine or the natural acidity of tomatoes are very good choices to elevate a dish, making it light and easily digestible.
The Protea Hill range of Balsamic vinegars is an outstanding aid in adjusting acidity. The variety of flavours and aromas can lead a dish in a different direction. We use these vinegars in almost all of our dishes, usually adding them right at the end, just before serving. The great many compliments we receive for the lightness of our food attest to the quality of this product.
"You cannot imagine how well they have captured the intense, fresh flavors of these herb vinegars. Trust us, these are going to knock your socks off."
-Main Ingredient Deli, Cape Town
"The raspberry flavor is fantastic, I could easily get addicted."
-Dorah Sithole, Chef and Food Editor
"We are very happy to have both you and your fantastic products at the market. The feedback from our regulars and new shoppers alike has been extremely positive. It is wonderful to enjoy something that is not only locally and ethically produced but also completely delicious!"
-Gail Coetzee, Porter Estate Produce Market
"Gourmet raspberry balsamic and granadilla syrups from Knorhoek - www.proteahillfarm.co.za , a secret ingredient used by the Cape's top chefs to enhance all manner of dishes."
-Food & Wine Cape Times, Eating Ethically by Graham Howe
"I think your product is superb –I introduced the office staff to your product and had another Balsamic Vinegar tasting ! They loved it !!!"
- RED Magazine, South African's first ECO magazine, Georgina Scheepers
"You have a unique and superb product! The products will do extremely well in Australia. I believe that there is a big market for them here!!"
-Europa Epicure, Sydney Australia
"Ihre Produkte sind wirklich alle sehr interessant und wir sind von Ihren balsamischen Essigen insbesondere sehr angetan. Wir haben schon allen davon vorgeschwärmt und konnen es kaum erwarten sie unserer Kundschaft vorzustellen!"
-Kloos German Importer, Oppenheim
"I just want to say once more that you have a winner with your products. I am proud to sell it and the vinegars really sell themselves. It is so wonderful to see people coming back once they bought a bottle to get more and more variety. "
-Madelein Meier, Pretoria
"The samples to Seychelles has been given thumbs up as all tastings have been very successful with your excellent products."
-Magnus Magnberg, Managing Director, Food Consultancy
"You so deserve to get another award even two! Your products are simply magic - we are very proud to “show them off” to our clients"
-Gourmet & Chef S. Zepperitz, Cape Town
"I have to say I had your Raspberry vinegar over the weekend on my salad and it was terrific…. I licked the plate"
-C.J Joyner, Houston, Texas USA
"I am loving your Jasmine vinegar, ...wow!"
-Pia Taylor, Mother City Living, Living 'green' in Cape Town
"My grandchildren, who are 5 and 7 years old, are totally addicted to the balsamic aniseed vinegar on their spinach salad !!"
-Pat Rademacher, SLOW FOOD
For reference: Protea Hill Farm is listed in the book "The Whole Food Almanac", by Michelle Mathews. Your ultimate guide to shopping for natural, healthy, honest food in and around Cape Town.