The 'Warrick Grove' property was purchased in April 2003 and since then much has been achieved.
The search for appropriate land for a quality olive grove commenced in 2001 going as far north as Laura, south to McLaren Vale and into the Barossa Valley. Wine country fits well with growing olives and featured highly in the search.
IMPORTANT MILE STONES:
2003 - In April purchased the 20 acre block on Leasingham Road Watervale, overlooking Annie's Lane's vineyards and opposite Reilly's Winery.
2004 - In August secured irrigation water.
2004 - 2008 - Planted 2000 Australian native trees on the property.
2005 - From April to June a grove of 5000 FS17 olive trees planted.
2008 - On May 10th completed our first harvest. Hand harvested one tonne which produced 250 litres of excellent Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This oil was enjoyed by friends, family and locals. Everyone recognised the exceptional quality of the oil.
2009 - On April 3 'Warrick Grove' became certified signatories to the Australian Olive Association's 'Code of Practice'.
2009 - On May 4th completed the first commercial harvest of 12.5 tonnes, picked early, which produced 2,500 Litres of exceptional quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Had our oil tested at Department of Primary Industry at Wagga Wagga NSW in compliance with the Olive Industry Code of Practice. Our oil is now certified as Australian Extra Virgin.
2009 - Became a member of 'Clare Valley Cuisine', the Clare Valley's Regional Food Group, who band together to promote local products.
2009 - On July 5th opened the 'Farm Gate' at 'Warrick Grove'.
2010 - On May 17th completed harvest with olives transported to Bovalina at Penfield Gardens for pressing. Again completed testing at NSW Department of Primary Industries at Wagga Wagga with excellent results.
2010 - In July commenced sales in Victoria through Provincial Gourmet Food and Gifts at Westfield, Doncaster.
2011 - On May 16 completed a good harvest producing 5,675 litres of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from 24.26 tonnes of olives.
2011 - Completed negotiations and signed contract to export a significant amount of our oil for distribution in Japan, China, South Korea and other Asian locations. Retirement is looking busy.
2011 - On November 3 delivered our first 1000 bottle pallet to Port Adelaide for shipment to Tokyo, Japan.
2011 - On November 4 attended the Olives SA and Royal Adelaide Show Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition Dinner where we were awarded a Bronze Medal for our
2011 vintage olive oil. At the same function the Adelaide Review competition results were announced and we received a Silver Medal, placing 5th overall in that competition.
2012 - On April 21, in Tokyo, our oil was awarded a Gold Medal at the Olive Japan 2012 International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. Our oil competed against oil from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Morocco, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Japan. Judges were drawn from Spain, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Australia, the United States and Japan. We, as well as our Distributors in Tokyo, are very excited. We know our 2011 Extra Virgin Olive Oil is excellent and after receiving gold, silver and bronze awards for its quality our belief has been confirmed.
2012 - In October, as members of Clare Valley Cuisine, our local 'Food Group', we joined the 'EAT LOCAL' programme. The aim of this programme is to provide easy access for tourists in the area to access high quality food made with local ingredients. Our extra virgin olive oil is used by a number of local restaurants and forms part of their 'EAT LOCAL' menus. Visitors to the Clare Valley can access the 'EAT LOCAL' website where they will find a description of the restaurant, cafe or as in Warrick Grove's case, farmgate, along with a map showing how to find the attraction. The programme was launched by the Tourism Minister later in October 2012 and will cover all South Australia's food regions.
2013 - After attending the Coles Stores 'Meet the Buyer' function Warrick Grove was the only olive oil producer selected for distribution for sale in Coles Stores across South Australia. Our 500 mL bottles and 2 Litre casks are now on Coles' shelves as well as gourmet stores in Japan.