Meet Robert Armstrong, founder of ALTO Olives.
Robert purchased his remote high-country grazing property in the Great Dividing Ranges, near Crookwell, NSW in 1999 where he established a certified olive grove encompassing 20,000 trees and 15 different oil and table olive varieties.
Since his first harvest in 2003, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) produced from his farm have been consistent trophy winners at major olive and olive oil shows including the New York and Los Angeles International EVOO Competitions and Sydney and Melbourne Royal Fine Food Shows.
An active participant and senior judge on the Australian olive show circuit, Robert regularly serves as panel Chairman at a number of major industry shows including the Australian Olive Association National EVOO Show, and selected capital city and regional shows. His organoleptic and table olive training was undertaken with international experts including Professor Stan Kailis, Judy Ridgway and Dr Richard Gawel.
Robert is passionate about utilising sustainable principles, refining horticultural regimes, and honing the award-winning quality and prestige of ALTO Olives’ Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Table Olive portfolio. Robert, along with his daughter Westerly Isbaih who works with him at ALDO Olives, is a proud producer and avid consumer of fresh, tasty, healthy Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil (AEVOO).