Frequently Asked Questions

We print the Best Before Date on the back label above the Nutrition Panel. The best before date is derived by Laboratory testing of our oil after the harvest.
The Australian Standard mandates we choose the lowest figure derived from the three different tests we are required to do and that we must not quote more than 24 months even if the test results suggest a longer time is possible.
If after a period of time we retest our oil and the results are good then we can update our labels with the new BBDs but again can't quote more than 24 months. For example, our 2015 oils had a BBD of July 2017. In November 2016, we decided to retest the oil and the new BBD is November 2018 - the oil had aged remarkably well.  
However, from a commercial point of view, we didn't re-label our cans due to the expense, but it was extremely pleasing to see that our storage and handling practices and the quality of our oil is excellent.
As part of our committment to the Australian Olive Associations' Code of Practice we label every can of Olive oil with two codes. The first line is the Batch Code and the second line is the Packing Code. The Batch code consists of blend information, followed by the date when the blend was created and finishes with the identity of the storage vessel from that the oil is stored in. The second line is simply the date the package was filled followed by storage vessel it came from. eg. Batch code is "ooddmmyyss", Packing code is "ddmmmyyss". The two most common "oo" codes you'll see on our retail products are 11 and 12 being our Tuscan and Spanish blends respectively. We maintain electronic records of the batch run recording units made, product created, people involved, etc.
Yes! You can find it on the back label at the bottom of the nutritional information panel. The harvest date refers to the period when the harvest started and finished. For the 2016 harvest and moving forward we are now printing the season on the front label which we think will help you decide on the freshest oils to purchase.
The nutritional profile of Olive oil does not vary much from season to season and most producers simply take a standard panel and use it. We however, have the oil tested every few years and use any updated information on subsequent seasons panels until the next time we have it tested. The same laboratory that tests our fruit and oil do the Nutritional testing as well.
This is probably the most commonly asked question because people believe it is the descriptor for the best Olive oil. However, in the modern era of Olive processing it is a superfluous term because most Olives in Australia are processed in a temperature controlled process which is typically set at 28Celsius. The AOA Code of Practice discourages us from using the term on our labels because the true definition of quality is the term "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" and the question should be "is it is Extra Virgin Olive Oil" and what is the proof. Extra Virgin Olive oil has many specific analytical criteria that the oil must pass in laboratory tests and in Australia those tests have been defined in an Australian Standard (AS5264-2011). Producers who have the oil tested against this standard and are signatories to the AOA Code of Practice can use the triangle symbol to communicate to customers that the oil passes all the tests and truly is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
PV is Peroxide Value and FFA is Free Fatty Acids. Both of these are just two of the many tests that determine if the Oil is Extra Virgin Olive oil. They are also not the best indicators of the quality of the oil but they are the two tests that are commonly used on European oils and have historically been quoted. For a full discussion of the criteria for Extra Virgin Olive oil refer to our knowledge base and the Australian Olive Oil Associations web sites.


If you haven't used these types of closures before there are three steps.  
  1. Fold up the tabs on the white screw cap lid and pull it up;
  2. Unscrew the cap and inside you'll see the inner security seal;
  3. Squeeze the nozzle twice at right angles and the inner security seal will pop and can be removed easily.
  4. Discard the security seal and screw the cap back on the pourer.
  5. There is no need to push the pourer back into the can.
You should be aiming to choose an oil based on the highest proportion of Mono-Unsaturated Fats. It is mono-unsaturated fat that helps your cholesterol. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a very high concentration of mono-unsaturated fat - typically more than 70%. Compare this with butter which has about 50% of saturated fat.
During the COVID-19 crisis we are suspending our presence at local markets. Instead, we are offering personal free delivery of our products if you live close to our Farm at Modewarre or within 10km of Rowville in the Eastern Suburbs and your order value is $50 or more. The list of suburbs below are the current locations we can deliver to. Also for repeat customers outside our region we offer free delivery if they enter the code from our banner at the checkout. If we've missed a suburb, please email us at and let us know. We'll see what we can do.
The Suburbs around the farm are:
Anglesea, Armstrong Creek, Bambra, Bannockburn, Bareena, Barrabool, Batesford, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Bellbrae, Bells Beach, Belmont, Birregurra, Boonah, Breakwater, Buckley, Ceres, Charlemont, Connewarre, Deans Marsh, Drumcondra, East Geelong, Freshwater Creek, Fyansford, Geelong, Geelong, Geelong North, Geelong West, Gherang, Gheringhap, Gnarwarre, Grovedale, Grovedale East, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Hesse, Highton, Inverleigh, Jan Juc, Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Marshall, Modewarre, Moorabool, Moriac, Mount Duneed, Mount Moriac, Murgheboluc, Newcomb, Newtown, North Geelong, Ombersley, Paraparap, Rippleside, Russells Bridge, Shelford, South Geelong, St Albans Park, Stonehaven, Teesdale, Thomson, Torquay, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds, Wensleydale, Whittington, Winchelsea, Winchelsea South, Wingeel, Wurdiboluc
The Suburbs around Rowville are:
Boronia, Clayton South, Dandenong North, Doveton, Endeavour Hills, Hallam, Heatherton, Knox City Centre, Knoxfield, Lysterfield South, Monash University, Narre Warren North, Noble Park North, Notting Hill, Pinewood, Ringwood, Rowville, Sandown Village, Sassafras Gully, Scoresby, Springvale South, Tecoma, Upwey, Vermont South, Waverley Gardens, Wheelers Hill