Our Own Olive Grove
Greendale Grove was established at Kialla West in 1992 by Rodney and Ann Henry who had already had experience with olive groves, planting a Grove at Shepparton East with 3500 Olive Trees.
The Kialla West property had only 200 existing Olive Trees when we purchased the property, featuring the varieties – Kalamata, Manzanillo, Veldale Frantoio and Nevadillo.
Our vision was to develop a sales complex selling Estate Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Table Olives and produce made on the premises as well as locally grown wines and produce. We planted another 1200 Olive trees to surround the complex and Olivehouse Restaurant, giving it a lovely Tuscan feel. The shop, restaurant and function centre was opened in November 1993.
As our varieties are mainly table olives, at harvest time we have a number of people who come and pick olives for themselves to take home, using their own methods of curing and marinating. Our Olive Oil and Table Olives grown at Greendale Grove are sold to restaurants, but most of the oil is sold to families locally and sent to customers around Australia.
Green Table Olives
The olive trees flower in November and then start producing olives. The Green Table Olives are usually picked around the end of April – early May and the Black Olives late May to June. They are hand picked so as not to bruise the fruit, put into barrels of fresh tank water and changed daily to clean and remove some of the bitterness. This process continues for 5 days.
The olives are then put in a solution of brine consisting of 10% salt to water, and left in the brine for a number of months until all the bitterness has gone. They are checked on a regular basis to make sure the brine is 10% and the olives are totally submerged.