‘We were supposed to be in Provence – and came to Martinborough instead – so glad we did this tour- it felt like we were in Provence  after all :-)’

– Jeanette July 2020

Rachel Priestley

International Chef. Olive Oil Judge, Blender and Infuser

International expert Olive Oil Tasters affirm that New Zealand EVOO is amongst the best in the world, as is evidenced by the medals our growers consistently win in international competitions, such as New York, and also feedback from international judges.  Martinborough has firmly established itself at the top of the New Zealand list of producers.

Our Taste Martinborough Tour begins with Olive Oil and Rachel – AKA the Prodigal Daughter – a well known New Zealand Chef and acclaimed, multi-award winning International Olive Council (IOC accredited) Judge, Blender and Infuser.  

As Chef, Rachel spent a decade in Italy worked for the renowned Antinori family, plus established a Wine and Olive Oil retail store in Florence.  Rachel returned to New Zealand and set up Prodigal Daughter Gourmet Lodge in Martinborough.  She quickly established  a reputation blending and infusing premium quality, award winning Olive Oils. As the first stop on your taste Martinborough Tour we make the most of an excellent opportunity to open the olfactory, taste-buds and expertise behind truly tasting.