In your grove

Your home is nestled in one of our working olive groves. We wanted to share some information about the trees around you and what you might see during your stay.

Our first olive trees were planted in 1997, at Rangihoua Estate. Since then, Allpress Olive Groves has taken shape as the home of world-class extra virgin olive oil on Waiheke Island, and exceptional island experiences. 

While the groves have been around for decades, Allpress Olive Groves itself was founded in 2021 by Michael Allpress. After 33 years at the helm of Allpress Espresso, Michael, a Waiheke Island local, began producing olive oil from trees on his property in 2016, working with Rangihoua Estate to mill his olives. When the opportunity to purchase Rangihoua Estate and number29 came up in 2021, Allpress Olive Groves was born. 

The Villa has 232 olive trees total on the property, mainly Frantoio, J5/Verdale and Leccino. The groves team has since planted 152 new trees in 2019 and 2021. Frantoio is another Tuscan varietal from Southern Italy.  An excellent tree that consistently produces world-class oil every year. Frantoio has medium-sized fruit with a creamy and buttery flavour profile. Verdale believed to be from Southern France and were brought to New Zealand by missionaries in the 18th century! Verdale is a vigorous tree that produces medium-sized purple fruit. Mainly grown in our Matiatia groves, Verdale is full of beautiful herbaceous flavours. 

What's happening in your grove?

We wanted to share what you might see happening in your grove during your stay. Feel free to walk and explore the grove, and if you’d like to learn more, pop into our Tasting Room & Store to talk to the team.

  • Mar - May  

    Harvest time – this is our favourite time of the year. You might see our harvest team in action, as this is the season for picking and milling our olives.

  • Jun - Sept

    The winter prune – during August and September, you might see our team in your grove pruning the olive trees, to ensure they’re in their best shape and ready for the new season.

  • Sept

    Planting new olive trees – during this time of the year, you might spot our team planting new olive trees in your grove. Olive trees love dry conditions and that’s why we plant in early spring.

  • Oct

    Flowering – during this time of the year, you’ll see tiny olive flowers on the trees. You might see our team in the grove checking the flowering and ensuring they’re in good growing condition.

  • Nov - Dec

    Spring budding – during this time of the year, you’ll see little olive buds appearing on the trees. Our team will be popping into the grove from time to time to check these buds to ensure the trees are healthy and ready to grow.

  • Jan - Feb

    During this time of the year the team will be in the grove completing grove maintenance and harvest preparation.