Neighbours make their mark

Neighbours produce some of world's best olive oil and wine


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A winemaker and his olive oil-making neighbour make their mark on world stage.

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CHEERS: David Morris from Morris Wines and Rob Whyte from Gooramadda Olives celebrate their combined success. The two business owners are neighbours and enjoy working side-by-side.Photo: Mark Jesser.

CHEERS: David Morris from Morris Wines and Rob Whyte from Gooramadda Olives celebrate their combined success. The two business owners are neighbours and enjoy working side-by-side.Photo: Mark Jesser.

VICTORIA has two of the world's best just down the road with Rutherglen neighbours picking up international awards in different fields.

Gooramadda Olives and Morris Wines aren't just excelling in their own right, the two family businesses are proud to be supporting each other.

And their neighbourhood is just like 'the Olympic Village', according to Gooramadda Olives owner, Rob Whyte.

"It is just great to see two neighbours in different businesses doing really well on the international stage," he said.

"We support each other and we have Morris' muscat on hand for each customer that wants to try our olives and David and the team have a jar of our olives sitting on the bar at the winery."

Although disappointed at first, Mr Whyte was recently awarded the silver medal for his Hardys Mammoth olive oil at the New York International Olive Oil Competition.

"We got a gold medal last year so when they told us it was a silver this year we were a bit deflated," he said.

"They mucked up the results originally and we thought we had won again, but then it took two days for them to tell us the silver result.

"But after reflection and once our trophy arrived it did sink in that our olive oil is still one of the best not just in Australia but in the world."

Morris Wines celebrates its 160th anniversary this year and fifth-generation winemaker, David Morris, said it was 'a great time to have success'.

"Winners really are grinners," he said.

"We have come home with four gold, two silver and one commended from the International Wine Challenge.

"And that is a pretty great outcome as it really is like the Oscars for winemaking."

The winery has been selected to represent Australia and is a chance of taking out the Champion of Champions title for its old rare liqueur premium topaque.

"We are up against France with a Moët and Chandon champagne and one from Spain," he said.

Despite their individual achievements the two neighbours are just enjoying working side-by-side.

"There is something about not competing against each other but supporting each other that makes our businesses work," Mr Whyte said.

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