ghin ghin olive grove

Established in 2001, the Ghin Ghin Olive Grove is home to 675 trees, a mixture of the Frantoio, Manzanillo and Nevadillo varieties. In 2008 the trees are now reaching maturity and the grove has had its fifth commercial harvest.

We usually hand-pick in late May or early June; the fruit of 20 to 30 of the Manzanillo trees is hand-cured in brine for several months before bottling, while the remainder is processed into extra virgin oil that blends the three varieties. Roughly one tonne of fruit produces 160 to 200 litres of oil; this amount can vary significantly with moisture and weather variations - in 2007 there was no crop at all due to drought and late frosts. As fruit yields from the grove increase, we hope to produce varietal oils in addition to the blend.

We have been expertly assisted in the care and maintenance of the grove by Ian Dwyer from Taggerty Property Maintenance. The grove is accredited by Olive Care Australia, which ensures quality production methods. After processing, the oil and olives are hand-bottled and labelled at the farm and are available for sale at selected outlets such as Yering Station at Yarra Glen, Oliveria in South Yarra and, of course, the Ghin Ghin Farmstore & Café.