Family heritage, innovative approach
The Loopline Story
In April 2019 the kaitiakitanga of the Loopline Olive grove and brand was handed over to a new owner, Stephen Davies Howard. Stephen feels a huge responsibility to maintain the winning streak and the very high quality standard of oil that the Loopline grove is known for.
Stephen is looking forward to spending time with his friends and family on the Loopline Grove.
Stephen purchased the property from Mark and Kate Bunny who have owned the grove since 2009 when they “switched from growing grass to mowing grass.”
The Bunny family was one of the early Wairarapa settlers, and Loopline Olives is on part of the original family farm. Mark’s grandparents farmed this land, he grew up on the land and in time Mark and Kate’s children and grand-children were brought up on the land too.
Loopline Grove has embraced appropriate technology, like a tree-shaker harvester. Olives are pressed locally the day they are picked for maximum freshness and quality.
The oil is stored in food-grade containers, filtered and bottled promptly for better shelf life and to maintain its flavour.
Our oils all proudly carry the red Olives New Zealand Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil sticker, proving it meets all the international technical quality criteria for EVOO.
The grove is surrounded by vineyards, as “good olives grow where good vines grow” that is why our oil is a perfect addition to your kai.