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areas of clay. Some vineyards still
make use of the winter flooding of
the Bremer and Angas Rivers to sup-
plement the district’s meagre 380
millimetre annual rainfall, although
more are turning towards drip and
Committee was set up in 1973 to
select and produce superior vines
most suited to the region for the
continued increase in product quali-
ty, and Langhorne Creek Grape and
Wine Inc. is a new organisation
formed last year by the amalgama-
tion of the Langhorne Creeek Wine
Industry Council, Langhorne Creek
Wine Grapegrowers Association and
Langhorne Creek Winemakers
Association. Its primary role is to
represent the grapegrowers and wine
producers of the region in leadership
The region has also been selected
as the Official Wine Partner of the
South Australia Premier’s Food
Vintage takes place in February-
March, and is usually followed up by
a district celebration. This year, the
town will indulge in a 400-seat gala
dinner featuring exceptional local
food and wine, plus entertainment
headed by Brian Mannix of the
Uncanny Xmen, Scott Carne, Dale
Ryder and Eve Von Bibra.
The function will be held on
Saturday, May 7, with tickets priced
at $90. It provides a great opportu-
nity to spend a weekend at
Langhorne Creek, admire the beau-
tiful tree-studded country, taste the
famous product and maybe rub
shoulders with some of the wine-
makers while celebrating the end of
another successful vintage.
TALINGA Grove is a true family-operated business.
Paul and Emily Jenke, in partnership with Emily’s parents
Bob and Christine Gilliver, and with a little help from three
very small Jenkes – Isabella, Hugo and Lily – work the fam-
ily’s 3500 olive trees to market some of South Australia’s
finest olives, olive oils and associated products.
They bought the olive grove three years ago and, while
the trees were well-established, the family has since devel-
oped the property into a multi-award winning business.
Talinga Grove is probably most famous for its extra-vir-
gin olive oil, which has taken out a gold medal at the Olive
SA Show and was named SA’s best olive oil in the Adelaide
Review’s ‘Hot 100 olive oils’. It is also produced in garlic,
chilli, lemon and lime infused varieties.
“The only part of the operation we don’t perform on the
property is the pressing,” Emily said.
“We send the olives into McLaren Vale for that.
“But everything else, the bottling, packaging and so on,
is completed by the family.”
An interesting by-product of the oil production is a range
of skin food for face,
hands and body.
“Any oil that
might not be food
grade we blend
ters, waxes and essential oils to produce body butter, bath
syrup, hand cream, soaps and face food,” Emily said.
“Extra virgin olive oil protects the skin while letting it
breathe, and helps maintain natural moisture levels.”
The other major success for Talinga Grove has come from
its Kalamata olives, which recently won gold medals as the
best Kalamata olives in Australia and were also named
‘Best in Show’, recognising them as the best of any variety.
“When we took over the olive grove there were about
200 customers,” Emily said.
“Now, since the birth of the Talinga brand name, our
customer base has spread to about 2500.”
The Jenkes use a distributor in Adelaide to supply their
olive products to about 400 outlets, including gourmet
food stores and some supermarkets, and it is also possible
to buy the products at the Adelaide Hills Farmers’ Market,
through the farm store, or on-line.
“We like to work in close association with the
Langhorne Creek wineries, and we go to many promotional
events with them,” Emily said.
“We are always looking for ways to promote the local
“It’s really remarkable how the production of olive oil
has taken off and been embraced by the public.
“We love to take every opportunity to explain the bene-
fits of olive oil, our industry standards, and to focus on
consumers’ understanding of the product.”
• Need to know more?
Talinga Grove 08 8536 4712
Flat flood plains and a superb climate make this an ideal district for vines.
Gourmet oils build on reputation
Mother and daughter Christine Gilliver
and Emily Jenke display some of the
Talinga Grove products
superb Langhorne Ck
at Pirramimma Winery
• 2008 McLaren Vale Shiraz .... $80.00 per dozen
• 2006 McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz .... $80.00 per dozen
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