A little more about


Colin and Nalini purchased an year-old olive grove in 1997, with the aim to one day provide New Zealand with homegrown premium extra virgin olive oils. Years later, with many of the original trees replaced with Nalini’s choice of olive varieties, they have honed their craft by being involved in all aspects of their business, from the grove to the table. Nalini arrived in New Zealand in the early 80s. Many of the herbs and spices used in Indian cooking were at that time difficult to find in New Zealand, which allowed Nalini to sample flavours from other cuisines to develop her own unique fusion flavours. Her ability to create food using fresh ingredients is the reason Lot Eight is able to produce fragrant oils like the Citrus, Harissa and Aromatic. Nalini handpicks each ingredient and determines the quantities she will need to create flavours when pressed with fresh olives. The result is a combined flavour profile that pleases the palate of anyone looking for fresh wholesome flavours. Chefs as well as home cooks with discerning palates seek her creations.

LOT EIGHT hosts its own commercial kitchen which occasionally doubles up as a demo room where visitors have the opportunity to view demonstrations, sample creations and purchase olive oils plus provisions made on the LOT EIGHT premises. Demonstrations are limited to 8-10 people at a time. The focus of the demonstrations is to show ways to use Lot Eight oils and provisions in a simple and practical manner to produce tasty dishes for all occasions. Bookings are essential as tastings are in great demand and involve dishes made fresh using seasonal ingredients. Please note that tastings are limited to those days the commercial kitchen is not being used for the production of LOT EIGHT provisions like our popular marinated olives with all the marinades made from scratch in the Lot Eight kitchen. Prior booking is essential.

Please visit our Product page for a list of our products, which can be purchased online. We offer all orders freight free within New Zealand. We are also able to provide gift packs to help you mark a special occasion. Contact us with your requirements and we will be more than happy to oblige.

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