Preston Valley Grove, purchased in 2003 and covering 165 acres (63 Ha) is located 16 kms west of Donnybrook in the South West Region of Western Australia. The Olive Grove currently has a total of 2,500 trees, with the initial planting in 2003. The principal olive varieties being:
In April 2004, a Pegaso-500 Olive Press was installed at Preston Valley Grove, to provide a needed service to the growers in the region and to enable optimal processing of our olives into oil. The Press is a 3-phase unit imported from OMT (Officine Meccaniche Toscane), Florence, Italy.
In preparation for the Grove development, construction and operation of the Press, our staff have attended courses in Olive Care and attained certification in the Olive Care Approved Supplier Program, Olive Care Auditors, and have HACCP accreditation.
Ongoing training programs and professional development for quality continue in all aspects of the business.
The property, whilst not organic certified, undertakes a range of sustainable development practices. These include: