Daily Archives: June 5, 2014

  • Olio Bello was the first producer in Australia to make 'citrus pressed' extra-virgin olive oil

    It has been 30 years since the original owners of Olio Bello realised their vision to create an olive grove on a perfect piece of land in Margaret River. A few years later, the 129ha estate was certified organic and the first crop was harvested in 1992.

    “Olio Bello was the first producer in Australia to make ‘citrus pressed’ extra-virgin olive oil,” said manager Shellie Gaskin, who added the cafe’s legendary lime oil and rosemary cake – a moist and nutty syrup-covered teacake – has been adored by visitors for more than a decade.

    “The cake was invented by our previous chef who decided to use up the leftover crusts from the sourdough bread we use for sampling,” she said.

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    It has been 30 years since the original owners of Olio Bello realised their vision to create an olive grove on a perfect piece of land in Margaret River. A few years later, the 129ha estate was certified organic and the first crop was harvested in 1992. “Olio Bello was... 
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  • Harvest Italia 2014 - travel opportunity highlighted by picking olives

    Harvest Italia is centered in the Valdarno and Casentino regions of Tuscany, areas rich with historical art and architecture and landscapes that appear to be straight out of a painted Renaissance masterpiece.


    The cornerstone of Harvest Italia is picking olives by hand at Casa Falcioni, a 10-acre hilltop property in the central Tuscan town of Cavriglia that boasts an olive grove with nearly 600 olive trees and incredible views.

    Tour guests will learn how to pick olives and the traditional olive oil making process, as well as enjoy a guided tour by the Casa Falcioni proprietors to a local olive pressing facility to see self-picked olives turned into olive oil.



    “Harvest Italia 2014 is an immersive travel opportunity highlighted by picking olives and enjoying activities connected to the Fall harvest in Tuscany,” says Vicky Gray-Clark, Spirit of Italy Tours founder.

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    Harvest Italia is centered in the Valdarno and Casentino regions of Tuscany, areas rich with historical art and architecture and landscapes that appear to be straight out of a painted Renaissance masterpiece.
 The cornerstone of Harvest Italia is picking olives by hand at Casa... 
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