Take sunshine, bracing high country air, constant warm days and cool nights — add careful grove management and a dash of Australian ingenuity — and you have ALTO Olives — producers of an integrated range of exceptional quality Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Table Olives.
The ALTO portfolio is crafted from the finest quality olives sourced from selected groves located high on Australia’s Great Diving Range. These sites have been specifically chosen to ensure significant elevation, a critical factor in ensuring the consistent quality and flavour profile of both ALTO Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the complementary range of table olives.
ALTO Extra Virgin Oil is blended predominantly from two Tuscan-origin varieties — Frantoio and Leccino — to create a range of styles. The flagship oil is the award-winning ALTO Robust, a first cold decanter pressed fresh, fruity, multipurpose oil characterised by lifted green apple and herb aromas and an intense resonant palate with balanced pungency and bitterness supporting a spicy, clean lingering finish.
Its companion oils are ALTO Delicate with subtle grassy aromas and mild pungency, and ALTO Lemon a tangy citrus enhanced, full-bodied oil. Analysis of all ALTO Extra Virgin Olive Oils reveals they are particularly rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, and display desirable ratings for free fatty acids and peroxide, attributes that are a reflection of the high altitude origins.
The new ALTO Olives range also encompasses a selection of handy-pack ALTO Table Olives. The three current products are ALTO Natural, ALTO Bush Herb and ALTO Chilli, all crafted from Australian grown olive varieties including Kalamata, Volos and Manzanillo, which are naturally cured in sea salt, rain water and cider vinegar. Each unique olive medley is subsequently marinated with Australian grown ingredients.
“The ALTO Olives brand was created to showcase the exceptional quality of high altitude cultivated Australian olives. Already the portfolio has achieved significant accolades, both in Australia and overseas, a vindication of the company’s significant investment in its development,” said General Manager Kate Notley.
The simple, striking ALTO package, created by Sydney graphic designer Stephanie Martin, won a Gold Medal in the American Graphic Design Annual 2008, and the ALTO Robust Oil was awarded Silver Medals at both the 2007 Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition and the 2007 Australian Olive Association Olive Oil Awards.
“The artisan ALTO range represents both quality and value, and the eye-catching packaging is intended to set the portfolio apart from other Australian origin olive products,” said Notley. ALTO Extra Virgin Olive Oils and ALTO Table Olives are currently available from selected gourmet food stores and independent supermarkets in NSW and ACT where they are distributed by Nicholas Foods.
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