Olive Hamilton Russell

Owner, Hamilton Russell Oregon

Olive Hamilton Russell grew up on a South African cattle farm in Mpumalanga, that was in her family for almost 200 years.

After majoring in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Stellenbosch, she worked in the food department at Harvey Nichols in London, and then Woolworths in Cape Town. This led to a job in international homeware buying with inevitable regular business travel to Europe and Asia.

Fate and romance lead to her marriage to Cape Wine Estate owner Anthony Hamilton Russell in 2004. She has been actively involved in their wine business – Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Ashbourne and Southern Right, since then (she is currently completing her DipWSET studies). In 2018 they founded Hamilton Russell Oregon in the USA.

Olive has published a best selling cookbook “Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards”, winning a Gourmand Award in its category. She has also appeared on numerous local and international TV cooking shows.