|Knut Kammann is the proprietor of Lakelands Olives, a 220-hectare property with a 4000 tree biodynamic organic olive grove located near Rylstone on the cool slopes of the Central Ranges, about 40km from the wine growing region of Mudgee.
Now an Australian citizen, Knut has been visiting Australia for 20-plus years since 1973 when he first came to represent the family printing machinery machines company, still operating at Buende near Bielefeld, Germany.
‘I travelled all over the world, but Australia always held a special fascination for me,’ explains Knut.
The remote hilly Lakelands property, which is dominated by a large man-made reservoir constructed originally to supply water to a proposed cement factory that was never built, reminded Knut of Tuscany. So, in 1996, he decided to plant olive trees.
Knut joined with other Australian growers to visit olive groves and processing plants in Australia, Italy, Spain, California and Argentina. Many courses, team building and training, trial and error, intuition, innovation and perseverance with hours of bliss and frustration have turned vision into passion. The once devastated block of land has turned into a beautiful, happy and healthy olive grove.
Knut knows that without his team of dedicated "Aussies", his success would not have been possible.