October 2014. We have now completed our first year of lambing our Wiltshire ewes and calving our White Galloway cows. Lambing percentages were excellent with 147% alive at 3month vaccinations.
March 2013. Welcome to the new look Moutere Grove website. Major change is afoot at the Grove. After a really difficult 2012 low yielding harvest, we have reviewed our operation. After this, it has been decided to remove the least productive olive trees, to cease the cost and process of organic certification, and to graze stock under our trees. We have been busy building fences and water supply for stock, and now have our first batch of Wiltshire sheep and also 5 White Galloway cattle, and one new calf born in September 2013.
For our loyal customers from previous years, rest assured, that the focus with the olive operation remains to produce the highest possible quality of EVOO, and will continue to be so.
April 2012. Gold Medal and Biol New Zealand awards at international Biol awards for organic EVOO, which is held in Bari, Italy each year.
April 2011. Biol New Zealand award, at international Biol awards for organic EVOO, which is held in Bari, Italy each year.
We now have NZFSA approval for our HACCP based Food Safety Programme, which has been audited by Asurequality for the last 3 years.
June 2009 Distinzione awarded in the Medium Class of the l’Orciolo d’Oro awards in Italy.
June 2008. OLI DA OLIVE l”Orciolo d’Oro (Pesaro – Italy) international EVOO awards, based in Italy, awarded first place to Moutere Grove organic EVOO 2007 in the Delicate class. This is a great achievement when our oil is 6 months older than the northern hemisphere oils it was competing against.
In winter 2002, we built a 2 million gallon reservoir, so that we can irrigate our olive trees in any future dry summer. This will ensure that our trees remain healthy in a drought and ensure the quality of the fruit remains high. The dam also creates both visual and recreational enhancement to the estate.
In April 2001, a new building was completed which is our cool store and, since 2002, our press house. A temperature controlled storage area enables us to optimize the conditions for storage of the oil, and extend its freshness for even longer. Our new olive press arrived from Italy at the end of April 2002, and enables us to press 4-500kg per hour. The press has been dedicated to organic olives and we now process our olives within a matter of hours of picking, to achieve the highest possible quality.