Willow Creek, the 2016 Olive Harvest

Morgenster Olives in flower - starting their journey to gloryThe Olive Tree about to break into blossom

The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven – Thomas Jefferson

Willow Creek Olives in the beautiful Nuy Valley is going through the most interesting time of the year. The estate is planted to the following classic varieties – Coratina, Frantoio, Leccino, Barnea, Koroneiki, Favoloza, Mission, Kalamata, Noccelara del Belice and Manzanilla and harvest is upon them and the pressing of the new season olives for their superb oils well under way.

Olive BlossomsOlive blossoms in three stages, not often seen

The season started way back in last year as the trees burst into flower and the road to the perfect golden oil begins. One does not think of olive flowers – ever. Yet they are the prettiest little things.

An Olive tree in full fruitOlive tree in full fruit

Once ripe the harvesting takes place. This is done by hand for the table olives to protect the integrity of the fruit. Olives for oil are harvested mechanically with a ‘mop up’ team following to pick olives

Olives at VéraisonOlives at Véraison – ripening to black

Olives for pickling and table use are harvested by hand with the pickers using bright yellow olive rakes to remove the olives from the trees.

Hand harvesting table olives with yellow rakes 2Hand harvesting table olives with yellow rakes

Waiting to be picked up after hand harvestingWaiting to be picked up after hand harvesting

Automatic Harvester for oil olives 2Automatic Harvester for oil olives

Herman Lensing before the washing processHerman Lensing – Sarie Food Editor
in amongst the olives before the washing process

Washin before pressingWashing just before going into the press

The state of the art Pieralisi PressThe State of the Art Pieralisi Press pouring out Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Willow Creek Squeeze MeThe final product – Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
in the 1 litre Gourmet Squeeze bottle

Directions to Willow Creek
The estate is easily accessible by turning off the N1 at Worcester and taking the R60 toward Robertson. After 14km, turn left into the Nuy Valley at the sign. Continue for 4km and turn left at the ochre coloured Willow Creek entrance wall. After passing through a lane of willows to the right and the first olive grove planted on the farm to the left, you will be welcomed at the Tasting Room and Olive Deli where you can taste the range of internationally acclaimed extra virgin olive oil and olive products.

Please call  (023) 342 5793 should you have any queries or problems locating us.

Regular Hours
Mondays to Saturdays – including Public Holidays – during the following hours

Monday – Friday 09h00 – 16h30
Saturday – 09h30 – 14h00

Please note that the Estate is closed on Sundays, New Year, Good Friday, Christmas Day and 26 December.

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