Main Ridge Olive Company has been a project fuelled by a love of excellent produce and passion to master the art of growing, harvesting and cold pressing olives.

Directors & Founders

Grace Jupp

Tim Jupp

  • Our olives are pressed within 6 hours of harvest to ensure health benefits are maintained.

  • Our olives are naturally salt-brined over an 18-24 month period.

  • Using traditional fermenting techniques, our olives maintain their natural firm texture.

  • Salt brining is a far more environmentally conscious practice than chemical processing.

  • Our EVOO is pressed under 27 degrees celsius.

Our Story

Nestled among the wineries and rolling hills of Red Hill wine country is Main Ridge Olive Company. From humble beginnings, Main Ridge Olive Company has been a project fuelled by a love of excellent produce and passion to master the art of growing, harvesting and cold pressing olives.

After juggling full-time work in busy restaurants alongside raising a young family, Tim and Grace Jupp made the decision to combine their skills to build “a few bottles a month” into what it is today. Together, the pair have now become the largest producers of premium olive products on the Mornington Peninsula.

Proudly managing more groves on the Mornington Peninsula than any other olive company, you will taste the produce from some of the Mornington Peninsula’s sweetest spots such as Main Ridge, Red Hill, Rye and Flinders, bringing together a wealth of oil varietal and olive mixes each year.

Regardless of the growth the company has seen, Tim and Grace remain hands-on through every step of the olive farming process —  from managing the groves, to harvesting the fruit, to cold-pressing the olives, and naturally salt brining and packaging them.

Akin to winemaking, the oil process is detail-oriented where the organically-managed fruit is cold-pressed at our facility within six hours of being harvested. This meticulous process ensures that the quality of the fruit is maintained, and that as much flavour as possible is built into the oil.

Our table olives are hand picked, sorted, washed and placed into brine within the same day.  Over a 12-18 month period (depending on whether the olive is green or black) the olives ferment enhancing the natural flavours while maintaining a firm texture to the bite. Many commercially available table olives are rapidly processed in chemicals (such as lye aka caustic soda) which removes much of the natural olive flavour and texture.

From the founding days in 2017, the business has expanded rapidly, now offering cold-pressing services to other local growers. You can find our products in more than 20 fine grocers, restaurants and farm gates along the Mornington Peninsula and beyond.

One of the things we love most about our products is that from tree to shelf, the entire process has only run through the hands of 2 or 3 people. We strive to bring you excellence and hope you can taste the love that goes into creating our products.

FAQ's - Grove Management/Pressing

I have an olive grove on my property, how do i acquire help with maintenance?

Main Ridge Olive Company offers a leading olive grove maintenance service, and we would love to help you achieve your goals on your property. Visit our ‘grove maintenance’ page to connect.

My grove is not producing many olives this year, are the trees too old?

Olive trees have an incredible ability to continually produce fruit over the span of hundreds of years meaning age is unlikely to ever be the initial problem. We would suggest reviewing your yearly grove management plan. Are you pruning after each harvest? Do the trees have a sufficient water supply? Have you investigated the health of your soil?

Our team has expert experience in not only managing producing groves, but also repairing groves that have not received the appropriate care. Visit our ‘grove maintenance’ page for details on how we can assist with your grove.

I think my trees may carry a disease, can you help advise on this?

It is possible that your grove may be experiencing symptoms of disease or pests. Most commonly detected on the Mornington Peninsula is the infestation of black scale - a black powdery coating found on the tree’s leaves. This amongst other issues can directly impact the ability to produce fruit but if not handled properly could cause the trees irreparable damage.

Main Ridge Olive Company has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating tree diseases - all of which are chemical and pesticide free. If you wish to speak to us, we can provide a free grove visit and consult, visit our ‘grove maintenance’ page for more details.

I have an olive grove and would like to make oil, how can i book in with your press?

Head over to our ‘pressing services’ page to enquire about booking into the press.

How long does it take to have my olives processed at your facility?

We do not have a minimum pressing kg amount, however, if your harvest is below 500kg, there is a small set up fee.

What is the minimum kg off fruit you require to press?

We press all the fruit that arrives at our facility within the same day. We suggest picking up your oil the day following its delivery.

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