River Grove Olives: Extra Virgin Olive OilRegular price $21.95 Save $-21.95
River Grove Olives says:
River Grove lies on the banks of the Ruamahanga River, just north of Masterton in the beautiful Wairarapa...
Currently the grove consists of around 1600 olive trees, most of which were planted in 2000. Our two main varieties are the Tuscans, deliciously fruity Frantoio and complex, peppery Leccino, but in the years since we came we have planted several other varieties including Koroneiki, a tiny olive from Greece that produces wonderful, flavoursome oil and Chemlali (another fruity Tuscan) which is proving popular with those who taste it. The trees flower around November and the fruit is ready for harvest in early winter. The Frantoio, Leccino and several of the other varieties are harvested mechanically by a contractor, with the younger trees (under seven years old) still hand-harvested by Steven, using compressed-air clappers. The fruit is taken within hours to the press for processing. As our harvest tonnage grows (33 tonnes in 2018), we have decided to sell the bulk of the fruit to The Village Press in Hastings, having only a small amount of oil returned to us for direct sale to our valued customers. All the oil we retain for sale is sent, with the assistance of Olives New Zealand, to Australia to be certified as extra-virgin.
Available In: 250ml, 500ml, 750ml & 1L