Atutahi Olives

Olive Grove

The Olive Grove has 570 trees which were planted between 1999 and 2005. Eight varieties of olives are grown:

  • Barnea - a high-yielding modern cultivar bred in Israel and developed from the Kalamata variety.  It is widely grown in the southern hemisphere, particularly in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Manzanillo - a Spanish cultivar, a prolific bearer, grown around the world, and used here as a pollinator for Barnea.
  • South Australian Verdale - originally of southern French descent, the Verdale cultivar was imported to Australia in the late 1800's. SA Verdale is a larger, oval fruited selection of the normal Verdale.
  • Frantoio - the primary olive planted in Italy and one of four olives in the classic Tuscan blend (along with Leccino, Pendolino and Moraiolo).
  • Leccino - Italy's second most important cultivar, high yeilding and weather tolerant, and one of the four Tuscan blend varieties. Leccino and Frantoio are widely and successfully grown throughout New Zealand.
  • Pendolino - grown throughout central Italy and the hills immediately surrounding Florence, and a pollinator for other Tuscan varieties,
  • Picholine - the most widely available cultivar in France, used here as an alternative pollinator for Barnea.
  • Kalamata - the large black Greek table olive, named after the city of Kalamata in the southern Peloponnese, Greece.