Moon Over Martinborough: The olive oil

A bottle of 'Moon over Martinborough' extra virgin olive oil‘Moon over Martinborough’ premium extra virgin olive oil is cold pressed, unfiltered, and absolutely delicious. We produce a vibrant, single estate blend that combines the unique tastes of Barnea, Manzanillo, Frantoio, and Leccino olives.

NZ celebrity chef and TV presenter Al Brown says, “That’s nice oil!”

We take special pride in offering early harvest olive oil, which means our oils are incredibly flavorsome. While harvesting late produces greater quantities of olive oil, the quality generally suffers as the oil tends to be bland. That’s why we choose to harvest early.

Our olive grove is situated near the banks of the Huangarua River just outside the charming wine village of Martinborough, in the cradle of the sunny Wairarapa valley.

The Martinborough micro-climate provides warm, dry days and cool, fresh nights. This gives our oil a beautiful richness and an intensity of flavor that will make you realize just why people over the centuries have been so passionate about ‘the good oil’.

We are members of Olives New Zealand.

Buy online

You can buy our olive oil (as well as other ‘Moon’ products) online through the Martinborough Wine Centre. If you’re overseas, please email the Wine Centre to get shipping rates. If you’re in NZ, you can do it all in their online shop.

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Tips on using fresh oil

There are a million ways to use ‘Moon over Martinborough’ olive oil. Here are just a few:

  • Drizzle on crisp green salads, or over a plate of fresh mozzarella and chopped tomato. Add cracked pepper and serve. You don’t need vinegar on your salad – it hides the taste of good, fresh oil.
  • Cook greens such as spinach, silverbeet or cavalo nero. Place oil in a pan along with some fennel seed and chopped garlic. Cook for a minute or two, then toss in your greens and cook until slightly wilted but still crisp.
  • Pour over steamed asparagus or broccoli.
  • In a shallow bowl, place a wheel of fresh goat cheese. Smother it with chopped garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. Serve with French bread or ciabatta.
  • Slather generously over your pork roast before cooking, along with rock salt.

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Have you tasted our oil? Please tell us what you think in a comment below. We love to hear from you.

15 thoughts on “Moon Over Martinborough: The olive oil

  1. Diane

    Yes, I’ve tasted your great olive oil! Compared to the rather stale grocery store oil, Moon Over Martinborough olive oil is amazing. In reading the above recipes, I realized that you DON’T need the vinegar for the Caprese-like salad. Your fresh Moon Over Martinborough olive oil adds all the flavor needed. I now have a pork roast just waiting to be “slathered”.

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  2. Peter

    I did a taste test comparing ‘Moon’ olive oil with the brand of olive oil we have been using for our cooking. This olive oil is from Greece, ‘Martinis’ brand, Kalamata, First Cold Press, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is claimed to be 100% natural with no additives or food coloring.

    The results of the taste test:

    The Martinis product was a smooth tasting olive oil, but with little flavor other than a smooth oily taste. The ‘Moon’ olive oil gave a hint of an aromatic body upon first tasting it and then, after a short time, a peppery flavor appeared that permeated into the throat when the oil was swallowed.

    While I am not a connoisseur, the full body taste of the ‘Moon’ olive oil was very pleasing.

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    1. Moon Over Martinborough Post author

      Thanks Peter. Greek olives in general have a smoother taste than Frantoio and Leccino olives, which are the Tuscan variety of trees our oil comes from.

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  3. susianna

    We were lucky enough to stay at the delightful ‘Moon in Martinborough’ B&B and come away with a bottle of their olive oil. When they handed it over, our lovely hosts warned us that it would spoil us for bog-standard olive oil we were using.

    I was sceptical: after all, our bulk-import sort-of-authentic-looking Italian oil had served us well for years for cooking and in place of butter on toast.

    But they were right. Our usual oil is useful, but pedestrian. I’m addicted to proper olive oil now: tasting it makes me think of hot sun and making love and bright colours. I love it.

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    1. Moon Over Martinborough Post author

      Sounds like you’re a convert. Great news. It was an absolute pleasure to have you at the B&B.

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  4. Laura

    Hi, do you ship to Melbourne Australia? If not, can I pick it up in person within the month? Will pick this up if you and CJ are open for business. Love the olive oil story…gambate!

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    1. Moon Over Martinborough Post author

      Sorry we don’t ship overseas anymore. But do feel free to come pick some up next time you ‘cross the ditch!’ :-)

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  5. Karen

    I only have one problem with your olive oil. We had 2 bottles of it……

    We used it all!!

    I had to give a bottle to my mother who was raving about it when she tried it at our place.

    Our favourite recipe thus far with it is vegetable kebabs with halloumi marinated in your olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We BBQ them, then serve them over a bed of Quinoa, Millet and Amaranth.

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  6. Maria

    I’ve never been a huge olive oil expert, but have recently researched and tasted many brands and types. I must say without a doubt that this is the best, tastiest, and most flavorful olive oil I’ve ever tasted! My husband Van and I are completely spoiled forever now, so you can’t EVER stop making this oil! Thanks so much! Now I’m going to have to start plotting a way to have a vacation to NZ so we can bring home a lot! :)

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  7. orange kiwi (@oranjekiwi)

    I love olive oil, always have. When I lived in the Netherlands when it was not widely available (just like garlic, can you imagine no garlic in the shops…. some things do change for the better!) I can remember travelling to Italy and bringing those great big cans of virgin olive oil back on the train. Now I live in Featherston I like to buy locally and as I really enjoy the Moon over Martinborough blog I thought I’d try your olive oil and bought some at the Martinborough Wine Centre. I sprinkeled about a tablesoon over some sliced homegrown tomatoes and took it to work for my lunch. It was beautiful, soft and delightful as a Summer Day. I ate some light brown bread and Dutch fenugreek cheese we had bought from the Hamilton Dutch shop and it was amazing how well it went with the cheese!

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  8. Kirsten

    I used your olive oil in a Simon Gault recipe yesterday. It was for part of the pork chops with apple crumble and it was used in the broccoli with lemon and dill dressing, it went very well with that! Cheers, Kirsten

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