A Gold Medal at the 2019 and two Golds at the 2020 Official Index of the Worlds Best Olive Oils in New York and three Best in Show Awards, in five years and for different varieties, tells us that the Loopline Olives grove produces very special olive oils - Stephen Davies Howard
Loopline Olives is a national and international award winning producer in New Zealand's Wairarapa region, producing four varieties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The Loopline Story
Situated in Opaki in New Zealand’s Wairarapa region
Loopline Olives specialises in the highest quality, single variety
Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).
All our 2019 oils are award winning, including Gold Medals for Picual and Picholene at the Official Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils 2020.
Loopline’s 2018 Picholene won a Gold Medal
at the New York International Olive Oil Competition
as noted in the 2019 Official Index of the World’s Best Olive Oils
Five olive varieties grow at Loopline, flourishing in the hot dry summer days, cool nights and crisp winters.
Oil is produced from four of the varieties
Picual, Picholene, Leccino and Frantoio
each picked and pressed separately to celebrate this special
fruit juice’s individual qualities.
Like fine wine, each oil vintage reflects not only
it’s Spanish, French or Italian varietal
but also the growing season’s weather patterns.
Unlike wine however, olive oil is best consumed as fresh as possible for full health benefits and fruitiness.
Loopline’s owner Stephen Davies Howard feels a huge responsibility for these special trees that live for hundreds of years.
He is keen to keep achieving the award winning quality of all
Loopline Extra Virgin Olive Oils
and committed to best-practice in all stages of production.
Over the years many awards have been won across all varieties
of Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the Loopline Grove.
The previous owners were Mark and Kate Bunny. The Bunny family were early Wairarapa settlers. The grove is on part of the original Bunny farm.
Since taking over the grove Stephen has become a
qualified olive oil sommelier.