At Rich Glen Estate we harvest popular European varieties which are blended to create a smooth, butter oil, rich in flavour, colour and aroma with a peppery finish. Like great wine, time of harvest, varieties and the climate determine the taste.
Olive Processing Methods
Our state of the art processing facility is located in the middle of our grove so that we can cold press our olives within hours of harvest, to produce the freshest oil possible. We have superior climate controlled storage facilities.
At Rich Glen Estate we harvest popular European varieties which are blended to create a smooth, flavoursome olive oil, rich in flavour, colour and aroma with a peppery finish.
Back in 1997 Franc Vodusek together with his son Daimien planted the 320 acre (36,000) grove trees on the family property “Rich Glen” which is situated on the banks of the Murray river in Yarrawonga, Victoria.
6 varieties were planted, including Arbequina, frantoio, piqual, kalamata, ligurian and manzanilla. These varieties were specifically chosen for their fine oil quality.
Please view this seasons harvest and cold pressing video below.
Our Processing Facility
The extraction of oil from olives is a relatively straightforward process involving only a couple of critical steps. We start with the olives being picked at optimum time, process them within only hours of harvesting through low temperatures( cold press).
The olives are crushed into a paste from the hammer mill then tempered and Malaxed for approximately an hour until the oil separation occurs. The paste is gradually fed into the centrifuge (decanter) which spins at 3500 revs per minute, thus resulting in THE FRESHEST AND FINEST cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, full of vitamins and antioxidants.
Our oil is stored in 10 & 20,000 litre stainless steel tanks and stored in climate controlled cool rooms. This is a “MUST” to keep the oil healthy, fresh and flavoursome. We bottle, cask, and tin weekly to give our customers the freshest oil possible.
Like great wine, time of harvest, varieties and the climate determine the taste.
This picturesque piece of regional Victoria is renowned for its wonderful climate reminiscent of Southern Italy. The cool sunny winters and long hot summer make it an ideal place to grow olives.