COCKATOO GROVE - About Us
COCKATOO GROVE - About Us
Cockatoo Grove, established on the historic Cobram Station, is nestled on a tranquil bend of the Upper Murray River, an Australian region synonymous with fine food and wine production. Surrounded by an ancient forest of red gums, ordered rows of olive trees thrive in deep, red soil. Cool, sunny winters and long, hot summers under the Australian sun allow the olives to ripen perfectly, creating rich, luscious Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Cockatoo Grove is dedicated to producing the finest premium Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oils. With a passion for quality, our mission is to be one of Australia’s most prestigious producers of premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Our most recent focus has been to convert our entire olive grove to Organic farming practices. Cockatoo Grove’s Organic extra virgin olive oil is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers or genetically modified organisms. Cockatoo Grove organic is certified through AUS-QUAL.
The Grove itself was established by Ken Dugan in 1996 with 25,000 trees of Italian, Spanish and Israeli origin including Frantoio, Correggiola, Nevadillo Blanco, Leccino, Manzanillo, Koroneiki and Arbequina. These varieties were specifically chosen for their fine oil quality and consistency in producing quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Due to the maturity of the trees, we now produce over 70,000 litres of olive oil per year.
Leaving nothing to chance, the grove is irrigated using a computer controlled, underground drip irrigation system. This ensures optimum soil moisture levels are maintained through the growing and ripening season, whilst minimising water consumption.
At Cockatoo Grove we use state of the art processing facilities. Olives on our estate are pressed on site within hours of harvesting to ensure freshness and minimum possible free fatty acid levels. This is our Minus 4 Guarantee. The oil is then stored in oxygen free stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, eliminating the potential for contamination. Our main priority being delivering the freshest, best quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil to our customers.
Cockatoo Grove is 100% Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pressed from selected olives grown in the famous Murray River Region. It is an ideal all-purpose oil for creating your favourite salad dressing, drizzling over roasted vegetables, pasta, soup, fish and bruschetta, dipping crusty bread and perfect for all your pan cooked dishes.
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