The Village Press Olive Oil
Hawke's Bay on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand is a beautiful region of famous vineyards, fruit-filled orchards and rich agricultural land. Its mild Mediterranean climate and productive soils make it a food and wine lovers' paradise with the latest taste sensations coming from the regions flourishing olive groves.
Wherever quality grapes and wine are produced, olives will do just as well. Hawke's Bay has the sunshine hours, rainfall (with irrigation, as required) and soil profiles to be New Zealand's premier olive growing region.
The Village Press olive grove is sited in the golden wine triangle of Hawke's Bay (seven kilometres from Hastings adjacent to major wine company vineyards) and is managed by people fully involved in the olive industry.
Over 20 varieties of olives are available in New Zealand and have been imported from the main olive producing nations including Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel and California. These vary in their growth habits, frost tolerance, fruit yield, fruit size and shape, and oil content.
Barnea is the most widely grown variety in New Zealand. Other main varieties include Manzanillo, Frantoio, Leccino and Picual.
The Village Press extra virgin olive oil is produced from quality olives pressed on one of New Zealand's largest modern centrifugal presses. The process is gentle and pure to ensure smoothness of texture and depth and purity of taste. The extra virgin olive oil is sold in 250ml, 500ml bottles and 1 2 & 4 Litre Bag n Box designed for bulk sales and the restaurant trade.