The Old Dairy at Baerami

Our Profile

 

Windybank Olives is a small boutique family owned & operated grove, which began in October 2001, with the planting of 500 Frantoio and Corregiola trees. In 2003 the grove was extended with the addition of Manzanillo, Leccino and Californian Queen (UC13A6) trees to give a total of 750 trees. Our first harvest commenced in early Autumn 2009.

The grove is located at Baerami in the Upper Hunter Valley, on a hillside surrounded by the pristine Wollemi National Park and the ruggedly beautiful Goulburn River National Park. The property has almost 1 kilometre of frontage to the Goulburn River, whose catchment falls largely within those two National Parks.

The surrounding farmland, on the eastern side of Mt Dangar, was settled in the mid 1800’s. Over the past 150 odd years the land has largely been used for traditional agricultural pursuits such as grazing country for sheep, beef & dairy cattle. In more recent years, vineyards and horse studs have made their appearance in the area – and the region is now renowned for producing fine wines and thoroughbreds! The fertile river flats have been used continuously for cropping and the production of high quality lucerne hay. The introduction of the olive in the Upper Hunter, and in the Baerami area in particular is far more recent. The oldest olives in the area are perhaps 20 years old.

The climate at Baerami is idyllic for olive growing and in many ways closely resembles the Mediterranean climate. We have long, hot summers (with minimal humidity) to help ripen the fruit without the onset of fungal diseases, winter frosts to assist with fruit set & sufficiently regular rainfall (drought years not withstanding!) to keep the trees healthy.

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