Kangaroo Island Olives

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.' 

Kangaroo Island Olives

Kangaroo Island is a place of unspoiled nature, deep restoring breaths and invigoration. It's rugged elegance inspires so much of what we do and how we live.

Surrounded by water, with access to the mainland only by boat or plane, its remained a sanctuary for an extraordinary variety of native wildlife. A third of Kangaroo Island is dedicated to conservation and National parks. This ensures our ecosystems are healthy and resilient and the environment can continue to deliver life-supporting services.

At Kangaroo Island Olives we grow our produce using sunshine and rainfall. Nature does all the work.

Olive Trees & Honey Bees
Ligurian bees were brought to Kangaroo Island in the early 1880’s and in 1885, the island was declared a bee sanctuary with no further imports allowed. Now home to the purest remaining strain of Ligurian Bees in the world, Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee honey is an icon of the island’s food offering.
The Ligurian Olive Tree, amongst other olive cultivars, was introduced to Kangaroo Island in the early 1990's by Domenico Esposito. Developed over four hundred years ago by the Saint Benedictine monks of the Italian Riviera, it's a dual purpose olive used for making extra virgin olive oil and table olives. It's fruit quality and yields prompted more tree plantings which occurred in 2019. Further plantings are scheduled to continue into the future.

Bringing it all together
Make no mistake, it's the Islands seclusion from the mainland that is the overriding influence on artisan food producers. Free from mainland predators such as foxes, goats and rabbits and from any influence of genetically modified crops, there is an unmistakable quality of purity and flavour in our produce. Our strong regard for ethical food production is an understandable extension of the community’s respect for the natural world. Simply stated, this is food as it was meant to taste.

Little Liguria
Kangaroo Island Olives' is a South Australian agribusiness focused on regenerative agriculture and sustainable farming. We deeply respect the environment and hold a fundamental belief in working with mother nature, not against her. We believe healthy soils grow healthy foods which make healthy humans.

Today, the family farm is known as 'Little Liguria’. It is a mixed farming operation which includes olive groves, honey bees, seasonal grazing, and agri-tourism. Kalamata, Frantoio, Koroneiki, Leccino, Ligurian, and many more varieties of olives can be found on Little Liguria, with large areas of woodlands also dedicated to land care and wildlife conservation. Olives are harvested once a year, delivering award-winning extra virgin olive oil and table olives directly to your plate.

 

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