History of the Vlok family
“As jy vandag na die Riebeek Vallei kyk, dan is dit sinoniem met die Vlokke, maar as jy na die Vlokke kyk is dit sinoniem met sukses. Sukses is sinoniem met kwaliteit en gehalte, want dit is die Vlokke, en dit is Riebeek-Kasteel se Vlokke” – Eddie Pienaar (Landbou Adviseur)
28 June 2008 marked the half century anniversary of the Vlok family’s arrival in the prosperous Riebeek Valley. Adriaan Johannes “Attie Vlok” and his wife Anna Vlok (nee Jordaan) settled in the valley in June 1958 on the farm Remhoogte which is still in the family. They had 9 children, 7 boys and 2 girls. The eldest son chose not to go into farming and likes to joke that it was too much like hard work. In truth his passion was with medicine and he went on to become
a Professor in Orthopedic Surgery.
Of the remaining 8 children, all are involved in farming of some kind, either directly or indirectly, a family business which has passed on to the grandchildren with great success.
“Attie and Anna Vlok se voetspore op die grond op Riebeek-Kasteel was verseker die mis in die grond, want dit wat hul geplant en agtergelaat het, kon niemand nog ooit ongedaan gemaak het nie.” Piet Geldenhuys (Technical Advisor at Capespan)
The Môrester farm was purchased in the same year 1958, and is now the family seat of Johan and Ansie Vlok and their 3 children. It is here that Het Vlock Casteel is based.
Johan and Ansie met at the University of Stellenbosch where he was studying for a degree in Viticulture and Oenology and she for her degree in Food Science. They married in 1983 and soon settled on Môrester farm. Their firstborn child, a daughter Anne-Mart followed in 1984 and their son Adriaan Johannes “Johan” (named for his grandfather) in 1986. Their third child, another daughter Ansie, completed the family in 1988.
Anne-Mart has a degree in Psychology and has also studied at the prestigious ICA Culinary School in Stellenbosch. Johan Jnr is following in his father’s footsteps and is in the process of completing his post-graduate degree in Viticulture . Ansie has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
In 2011 Lila joined the family when she married Johan Jnr. More expertise was added to the Vlok Business with her having a Hons. Degree in Oenology
Since the beginning of 2012 Ansie Jnr is handling the coordination of the venue as well as the conferences and smaller functions. Lila joined ‘Die Winkel’ and handles mainly all orders. Both of them are involved in the marketing of Het Vlock Casteel, as well as assisting in serving the public in ‘Die Winkel’ (The Shop). Many times one will find the whole family in the shop – especially during weekends and public holidays.
Inspired by his father’s (Attie) ingenuity and visionary farming techniques, Johan Snr saw the potential in the land and it is due to his foresight that the farm went from producing predominantly table and wine grapes in the 1980’s to the wide diversity of produce available today.
It is important to note that a number of the farms in the Riebeek Valley are in Vlok hands to this day.