IT ALL started 25 years ago for Helen and Peter Wright of Grassy Spur Olives, from owning a holiday house at Inverloch.
That introduced the Melbourne city slickers to beautiful South Gippsland and after purchasing some land at 32 Moyes Road, Stony Creek, they planted the first of their olive trees in 2005.
Now, 14 years later their have 1500 trees representing nine different varieties of which they press five into an olive oil blend and four into sigle variety products – award winning products as it turns out.
And recently they back their excellent performance at the Australian International Olive Oil Competition in 2017 with more awards this year.
Helen, a former nurse, and Peter, an IT specialist, travelled up to Wagga Wagga for the annual awards night and were delighted with their success again this year.
“Of the six categories entered with four of our olive oil varieties, each one was awarded a Gold Medal with the Picual variety going on to be declared Champion Spanish Varietal olive oil, which was great,” said Helen.
Grassy Spur Olives has also recently opened a dedicated Tasting Room at their grove, open to all visitors with an interest in tasting the exciting flavours of Extra Virgin olive oil and providing an opportunity to learn about the running of an olive grove. Bus groups are also most welcome.
“We also make honey out here as well,” said Helen.
They’re open Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm and public holidays, at 32 Moyes Road, Stony Creek/Grassy Spur (just past Meeniyan) but phone 0413 158 442 to be sure.