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The Esposito Family Olive Grove began its journey in the early 90’s. The first olive tree was planted by Zio Giuseppe (Uncle Joe) in a small paddock surrounded by native vegetation, 400 meters from the Nepean Bay waterfront. It wasn’t exactly a smooth start, the wallabies dam near ate the whole tree! Despite all the wild animals constantly feeding on the leaves the tree kept growing. With the blessing of lots of sunshine & rainfall along with traditional pruning, the tree flourished and the EVOO it produced was described as ‘uniquely Kangaroo Island.’
Our mature grove is home to more then 10 varieties of olives. Major cultivars including Koroneiki, Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino and Kalamata are harvested each year to produce award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Kalamata eating olives.
Day to day farming operations are overseen by Dom who lives on the Island. You might also find Dom in the Foodland in Kingscote – he is the little Italian guy! While son Michael who lives in Adelaide, takes care of sales & marketing.
‘We grow our produce using sunshine and rainfall. Nature does all the work’ – Domenico Esposito