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July 6, 2013 / Rob Walls

Founding father of Tasmanian olive oil industry

Attilio and Vera Minucci on their olive grove near Huonville, Tasmania 1997. Attilio died July 5. A true pioneer. (c) Rob Walls

Attilio and Vera Minnucci on their olive grove near Huonville, Tasmania 1997. Attilio died July 5. A true pioneer. (c) Rob Walls

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  1. Lois / Jul 7 2013 6:26 am

    Tasmania has an olive industry? How wonderful!!

    • Rob Walls / Jul 7 2013 11:27 am

      Great wine producing region too. Most assume that Tasmanian ia actually a suburbe of Antarctica, or is some antipodean Iceland, but is on same latitude south as Rome is in the north. Fine temperate climate. Right now it’s mid-winter and the sun is shining on the snow on Mount Wellington above my house.

      • Lois / Jul 7 2013 6:21 pm

        Wonderful… here in England we are now growing commercial vines… and i actually have an olive tree (in a pot) which had fruit last year. Talking of Rome – the Romans had vineyards and may also have had olive trees while they were here.
        Is it possible to visit the olive growing area? That could go on my list of things to do if/when I visit! (Wine is already on my list!)

  2. Rob Walls / Jul 7 2013 10:15 pm

    Olives are grown in most regions of Tasmania, which is about the size of Ireland, to put it in some sort of perspective. Visiting a grove is certainly a possibility. More information here: http://www.tasmanian-olives.com/tasmanian_groves1.htm

    By the way, it might also interest you to know that another of our premium crops is opium, legally grown for medicinal purposes. The poppy fields are a fine sight in summer.

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