About Cudgegong Valley Olives
David Cockerill has been producing extra
virgin olive oil and table olives in the Cudgegong Valley,
Mudgee, for over two decades, after studying the art with
Italian producers for several years, and working extensively
in Italian oil-producing regions and throughout Australia.
A valued contributing member of the Australian
Olive Oil Association since its inception, David's olive
oils continue to gain recognition and win awards in the
national association's prestigious annual awards program.
Cudgegong Valley Olives is committed to
maintaining environmentally sustainable practices, both
in the olive grove and in the on-site processing plant.
Natural methods of pest and weed control are used in the
grove and controlled drip irrigation is used, instead of
full-scale watering, to preserve and enrich the natural
Fruit by-products from the processing plant
are also collected and stored in composting pits, along
with organic pea straw and animal manure, which is later
used on the trees as balanced organic compost.
The grove is irrigated with water collected
from the valley floor and the fruit is hand-picked between
May and June.