MOUNT BERNARD OLIVES
Mount Bernard Olives is a small family grove in the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges at Avenel, Victoria. Just one and a half hours north of Melbourne, our farm is located on Mount Bernard, a 489 metre mountain of spectacular granite outcrops, native grasslands and trees and home to kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, koalas, wedge tail eagles and many other birds.
The Goulburn Strathbogie region has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool winters ideal for producing premium extra virgin olive oil.
After a very dry winter and spring in 2015 and unseasonal hot winds and high temperatures when our olive trees were flowering, our 2016 harvest was well below normal. In contrast, this year our rainfall has been way above average, subsoil moisture is excellent, the trees are healthy and a big harvest in 2017 looks certain.