Sommariva Olives- Karen McLennan, Charleville Qld
The McLennan's purchased their property Sommariva near Charleville, Qld, in 1993 during the wool depression. Being young and keen they were looking for different ways to diversify. A family friend suggested they try growing olive trees as he had recently toured Greece and Italy and felt the Charleville climatic conditions to be very similar. So, in 1996 after some land preparation their first trees were planted. Their main goal was to have their product recognised, and in 2018 they achieved this by becoming the first and only Queensland grove to win an international award with their oils. They took out Bronze in Los Angeles and Gold and Silver in Japan. What makes their product so unique and gives it the flavour has a lot to do with the environment and climatic conditions plus how they handle and store their product. No where else and no one else can replicate what they have. It is unique!