16 Oct

Wairarapa olive growers scoop national awards

By Joe Dawson,

Wairarapa’s reputation as a producer of quality olive oil has received a boost, with the region’s growers taking out more gold medals at the recent national Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards.

Of 47 gold medals awarded, 11 were to Wairarapa groves.

Those medals went to Kilrae Olives, Leafyridge Olives, Ruakokoputuna Olives (all with two), Hanson Farm Partnership, Left Field Olives, Lot 8, Molive of Martinborough and Olivo Ltd (all with one).

The region also did well in silver medals, gaining seven from 40 awarded.

Kilrae Olives, of Masterton, also achieved one of two distinctions awarded, for producing the best in its class.

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