Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 83 PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT SWIFTS CREEK OMEO BUCHAN ORBOST MARLO CAPE CONRAN Visit The Pressing Shed Restaurant and Cafe at Nullamunjie Olive Groves. For bookings, telephone 5159 4455 or email Our website Open 10am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday October to Easter. 3km off the Great Alpine Road on the Bindi Road, at the foot of the Omeo Gap. 290 Bindi Road, Tongio. Enjoy a delicious lunch and unwind with a glass of wine sitting on the vine-shaded deck, or indulge in a coffee and cake. Our food is prepared as far as possible from our organically grown produce. Visitors are welcome to take a relaxing stroll in the garden. Annie’s oils best in the state Rocky soils are a delight to olive growers as the trees extract the minerals they need from the rocks at their roots, so the soils of Tongio, between Swifts Creek and Omeo are just perfect for Annie Paterson and her award winning Nullamunjie Olive Groves. Situated just three kilometres off the Great Alpine Road, on the banks of the Tambo River, the climate is very similar to that of Tuscany, well known for its quality olive oil, with hot summers and cold winters. The varieties of olive chosen for Nullamunjie when the grove was originally planted were therefore those traditionally grown in Tuscany; Frantoio, Correggiola and Leccino, with the graceful Pendolino used as a cross pollinator. The taste of fresh, new-season oil is a revelation to most people only familiar with the all too frequently flaccid and elderly supermarket offerings. Unlike wine, olive oil loses flavour as it ages, and should ideally be consumed within 18 months to two years from when the olives are harvested. For a delicious meal using the freshest and tastiest olive oil Nullamunjie Olive Groves is definitely the place to head. And Annie’s oils are among the very best; her extra virgin olive oil was voted the best in the state at the Australian International Olive Awards in October. Annie has entered the state olive oil competitions every year for the past 14 years in which time she has won many silvers, bronze and gold medals. “I’ve never been out of the medals but this is the first time I’ve had Best in State,” Annie said. The judges noted Annie’s extra virgin olive oil’s flavours “transferred well to the palate, were very complex and well balanced, with mild bitterness and pungency, a lingering olive fruit after-taste and overall a great oil”. Enjoy Annie’s olive oils on site with a delightful lunch with a glass of wine, or coffee and cake on the vine shaded deck of the Pressing Shed Café and Restaurant, which is open on weekends from October through until Easter. Cellar door sales of Nullamunjie extra virgin olive oil, in bottles and casks, are available from the onsite shop. Olives from Nullamunjie Olive Groves produce extra virgin olive oil that was declared Victoria’s best at the Australian International Olive Awards and the best way to try it yourself is fresh.