La Barre Olives was created by Charles de la Barre de Nanteuil to establish an olive grove at his family farm of Hardwicke Stud, Yass. Charles’ rural tradition in France, Italy and Australia meant that olives are part of his life's blood. The aim was to produce a beautiful olive grove so as to make an excellent and fresh Australian olive oil for the local market. At the time there was little knowledge about olives in Australia, so Charles was very fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake an intensive course with the world famous Professor Giuseppe Fontanaza of Italian Institute of Olive Production at Perugia. The focus of the institute was to modernise the industry in order to maximise production while maintaining the quality of the olive oil.