BLUMENFELD The late Gideon Blumenfeld, an Israeli horticulturist and scientist, is often referred to as the godfather of New Zealand's olive-oil industry. Lured to New Zealand by his Kiwi wife, Triska, he settled in the Wairau Valley after researching the climate and soil, and planted his first commercial crop in 1986. Today, the Blumenfeld brand is New Zealand's biggest olive-oil producer. Order its award-winning oils at blumenfeld.co.nz.
TASMAN BAY This company, in New Zealand's sunny Nelson region, produces both a cultivar and a frantoio-leccino blend. Both won gold at the Los Angeles County Fair in 2004. Marketed under the name Elovi within New Zealand, these delicious oils are exported to the U.S. and Japanand you can also have them shipped to your front door. Go to olivesnewzealand.com.
MOUTERE GROVE This producer is known for its organic, single-estate olive oilsand its Tuscan blend has won prestigious international olive-oil awards in 2001, 2004 and this year. The company specializes in Italian olives and was recently honored with inclusion in the authoritative book Best Olive Oil Buys Around the World by Judy Ridgwaya critic who is to the world of olives what Robert Parker is to wine. Derived from fairly young plantings, Moutere Grove's oils can exhibit annual variationsgrassy one year, lemony the next. Taste for yourself, by ordering from mouteregrove.co.nz.