Story: Wairarapa region

Olive oil

Olive oil

Established near Martinborough in 1991, Olivo was the first commercial olive grove in Wairarapa. In 2006 it had 1,000 trees. The company produces extra virgin oil from a number of different olive varieties, mostly Barnea and Frantonio. The olives are pressed in a large cooperative press in Masterton. As with wine, the weather can affect the flavour, and stress on trees produces a more intense taste. Olivo has won several awards for its olive oil.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Forestry, fishing and horticulture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 1 Mar 2017