Nestled between two lakes in Boort, central Victoria, is Salute Oliva, a family-owned olive grove. It is where Marlies and Peter Eicher produce first class extra virgin olive oil and a variety of award-winning table olives. The trees on the grove are grown organically and the olive pickling and pressing process is all natural.
The Eichers pay a great amount of attention to their olives and olive oils, ensuring uncompromising standards are adhered to and the products are of the highest quality. The grove is run sustainably, with a zero waste policy. Nothing is wasted here – processing waste is used as organic mulch and any oil that doesn’t make the extra virgin cut is turned into soap.
Marlies and Peter’s efforts were rewarded at the 2010 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards – their semi-dried Kalamata and Frantoio oil were winners. Also awarded last year at the Royal Melbourne Show – Gold and Champion Trophy for their kalamata olives and Silver Medals for their semi-dried olives, manzanillo olives and extra virgin olive oil.
Visitors are welcome to experience the grove and gain an insight into the olive business, and learn about sustainable olive farming. May and June are an optimum time for a farm visit as olives are picked, brined and pressed into Extra Virgin Olive Oil.