Our truffière, or truffle farm, is located in Riwaka, New Zealand. Riwaka is in the Tasman District, situated at the top of the South Island. Riwaka is famous for growing hops and the Riwaka pub. And now truffles too. Our delicious Black Périgord truffles then make their way exclusively to restaurant and hospitality clients in Wellington and Auckland.
Production and grading of truffles
The truffière contains 2,200 inoculated oak and hazel trees. The trees were planted between 2009 and 2010, and our first harvest was in 2016. There is a lot of work to maintain the trees and land throughout the year, from ensuring adequate irrigation to pruning, mowing, testing and conditioning the soil, playing on tractors, playing on mowers, and eating all the fallen hazelnuts too.
Truffles that are found during our truffle hunts are cleaned, inspected, graded and priced according to an upfront industry-set grading system that determines the price per gram. The truffles are delivered direct to your restaurant (with selection on the spot by you), courtesy of George himself.
Hunting for truffles
During the Winter truffle season (which varies from year to year but for us generally falls between May and August) we hunt for truffles every weekend with our specially trained truffle dogs who sniff out and dig up our whiffy little friends. The excitement that builds inside you hearing the dogs barking and indicating on a spot on the ground, then smelling the powerful aroma and slowly unearthing these nuggety little balls is thrilling!
A truffle hunt is a truly memorable experience that we hope to be able to offer the public in 2021, so watch this space!