Olive Oil at Kyotmunga Estate
There were 300 mandarin trees already on the
property when it was purchased; however, since 1997, 200 olive
been planted. Olive varieties include Manzanillo, Mission, Kalamata
(jumbo and tiny),
Koroneiki, Volos, Frantoio (Paragon) and Verdale.
Olive varieties are usually selected either for
their oil bearing qualities or their fruit qualities. However, the
trees at Kyotmunga are used for both fruit and oil. The trees were
irrigated for the first year, but since then, they have survived on
Harvesting takes place by hand from mid-May through to
mid-June, depending on the variety and all the olives are processed
within hours of picking to maintain the freshness of the oil.
The Kyotmunga extra virgin olive oil is available
for tasting and purchase at the cellar door and their jumbo
Kalamata olives, which have now become quite famous, are also
tasting and sale.
While the Kyotmunga olive grove is not certified
organic, no chemical sprays or artificial fertilisers are used.
The owners are also happy to provide handy hints
about pickling the fruit and at certain times, visitors can
pick their own olives (by appointment only).
Soap made with Kyotmunga extra virgin olive
oil is also available for sale. While many commercial varieties
of olive oil soap are made with a lower grade olive oil, such
as pumice, the Kyotmunga soap is made with extra virgin olive
oil and is most beneficial for your skin.