Grindon olives are grown in three separate groves on different parts of the farm.
The first area, planted in 1998, has 120 trees of several different varieties that were planted for experimental and learning purposes. It allowed Grindon to develop a system of integrating the olive plantation with the Merino sheep that Grindon is famous for.
The second grove of olives was planted in 1999 and includes 2 100 trees of mainly dual purpose (suitable for both pickling and oil) and pure oil producing varieties, spread over a range of soil types and topography. The trees are at a dry land spacing of 9m by 9m, with only a small amount of irrigation used at strategic times.
A third area, planted in 2000, has 350 trees of purely oil producing varieties. These trees also provide winter shelter for the sheep.
The Manzanillo trees are producing good, well balanced and versatile oils while the Leccino and Frantoio give extra pungency or pepperiness. Particularly fruity flavours are provided by Hardy’s Mammoth and the Barnea and Picual varieties to produce more delicate styles. A small number of Sevillano, UC 13A6, Barouni and Kalamata varieties have also been planted as these produce the most delicious table olives.
As an extensive, dry land type system, the trees are developing relatively slowly, allowing them to grow a deep and extensive root system which will stand them in good stead in dry years and provide the oil with maximum flavour and quality.