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Adina Vineyard Olives

Posted : 16-Feb-2016

At Adina Vineyard we have hundreds of olive trees and the gifts we receive from them are boundless. The olive tree and its fruit, known as the olive, offers up rich pickings: olive oils, olives for the table, fine wood and olive-leaf extracts for your health. 

The health benefits stem from the anti-oxidants, Vitamin E, polyphenols and more. 

The Adina Olive Grove Story

Our first planting of olive trees was in 1990 followed by our second planting in 2000, and our most recent planting in 2005. Olives are a bit like wine grapes, harvesting at the different stages can contribute to the flavour of the product and the quality of the harvest. 
We grow table olive varieties and olive oil varieties on our property. From these crops we produce our Providore, this is available for purchase and tasting in our cellar door and for purchase from our online shop. 
 
Q. What table olive varieties do we use in our products?
A. Manzanillo, Leccino, Kalamata, Frantoio, Corregiola and Paragon
 
Q. Do we grow them on our property?
A. Yes and more.
 
Q. What table olive flavours are available in the cellar door?  
A. Red Wine (Kalamata), Ligurian (Leccino), Herb & Garlic (Frantoio), Salad Blend (Leccino, Kalamata and Manzanillo) and Chilli & Garlic (Manzanillo).
 
Q. What happens when the olives are first harvested?
A. They are size graded and sorted by colour.
Table olives are then de-bittered in a brine for about 3 months for green olives and maybe 2 months for the riper black olives.
 
Q. Does the brine contain the marinade?
A. No this is added when ready for bottling.
 
Q. Are the olive oils, table olives and tapenade made by Adina?
A. Yes we blend, bottle and then label. 
 
Q. Do you make the Dukkah?
A. No but this is made onsite at Emerson’s Restaurant.
Our Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar, our Aioli and our sauces are made offsite.

Olive Wood

Interestingly olive wood and its products are expensive; this is due to the commercial viability of the fruit from the trees. Olive wood is a grainy hardwood and is prized by wood turners.