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Camilo Olive grove is the result of an aspiration expressed almost a decade ago by Joan and Peter McGovern to create premium extra virgin olive oils that would be sought after worldwide. The listing of Camilo oils in ‘Flos Olei 2011 – a guide to the world best extra virgin olive oils’ is the highest point to date on the journey the McGoverns are taking on their property near Teesdale in South West Victoria.

Gold and silver medals and accolades including best regional oil and Flos Olei’s listing are an indicator of the expertise that lives within Camilo. Joan is a member of the Victorian Sensory Panel and with two very experienced ‘Camiloites’, is blending exciting oils that are in much demand.

Camilo’s product range has expanded with time and now includes a range of beautiful infusions as well as olive salts and tapenades. The tapenades are expected to be available later in 2011 – around the same time as the 2011 harvest is ready to be released to the public.

When they planted their grove the McGoverns also planted wildlife corridors around their property that is bounded by the grassy woodland of the Inverleigh Flora and Fauna Reserve and the meandering Leigh River valley. The plantings have seen a resurgence of bird and other wildlife, much to the delight of those who visit the grove.

Awards for AuLife carried products:

  • Silver medals for the Picual extra virgin olive oil.
  • Available for 2011 harvest which is due in August / September: Ligurian EVOO. Flos Olei 2011 listing, best regional oil plus silver medals at the national industry awards (Australian Olive Association), 2 from the Royal Melbourne Show and 1 from the Sydney Royal Fine Foods Awards, plus one bronze from the Perth Royal Show – and that was just 2010 harvest. This oil regularly wins acclaim and is very nutty, spicy and delicious!
  • Bronze medals for the blood orange and garlic infusions.
  • Bronze medal for the olive salt.
  • Camilo’s Premium Blend and Spanish olive salt were created after the ‘show season’ but have won much acclaim from loyal buyers.
  • Victorian Trophy for the best of the Victorian gold medal winners at the 2009 RASV Royal Melbourne Show
  • Championship Trophy at the 2009 RASV Royal Melbourne Show
  • Gold medal at the 2009 RASV Royal Melbourne Show

Other 2009 awards:

  • Silver medals at the 2009 Sydney Royal Fine Foods Awards
  • Silver and bronze medals at the 2009 national industry EVOO awards