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Olivigna cooks up an MBEA winner

Warrandyte has dominated the Manningham Business Excellence Awards once again with local treasure Olivigna winning the coveted top spot.

Olivigna was awarded the 2016 Business of the Year accolade at a gala dinner held at the Manningham City Council offices in mid-November, with fellow Warrandyte businesses The White Owl and Warrandyte Quality Meats highly commended for their excellent business operations and commitment to community.

It’s becoming something of a popular trend—Warrandyte taking the cake, that is—with local businesses claiming the top spot three out of four years in a row, with Quinton’s IGA and H2Pro Plumbing coming first in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Co-owner and founder of Olivigna, Anna Gallo, says she is “thrilled and humbled” to have won the 2016 award.

“To be chosen amongst such esteemed finalists really is an honour,” Anna told the Diary.

“When my husband John Di Pietro and I first dreamt up Olivigna – a place that would combine the best of Italy with the best of Australia on a beautiful stretch of rolling bushland – we always hoped people would get what we wanted to achieve; that they would see our vision and want to be a part of it.

“The award confirms they do. It reinforces that the way we bring friends and family together – to relax, to connect, to celebrate, to experience la dolce a vita on our 20 stunning acres – really is valued.

“I couldn’t be more proud of how we’ve been accepted by the community and of how we’ve been able to add to what makes this part of the world so very special.”

Olivigna took home the Accomodation and Food Services award in 2015, so to win the biggest prize of them all this year is the icing on the cake.

And it might have something to do with their move into liqueur making, with Anna’s famous limoncello now on offer and generating plenty of buzz.

Marketing manager Bea Barrett says: “The newest part of the Olivigna dream is the production of our own limoncello— the fine and famous citrusy liqueur first crafted in Italy. Ours is made to a secret family recipe using lemons we’ve grown here ourselves and alcohol we’ve distilled here ourselves. We are the only place in all of Australia to be crafting limoncello in this orchard-to-glass way.”

But it’s not just the food and wine that makes Olivigna so great, and so worthy of winning the Business of the Year Award. Bea says she hopes the judges saw Olivigna’s commitment to community as an important aspect of their business.

“We also think the judges were impressed with our contribution to the community. They recognised, we believe, the value of creating a place here in this beautiful part of the world where friends and family come together to connect, to relax, to share special occasions, to make golden memories,” Bea says.

“They recognised, too, the value of creating new jobs within the region; we currently employ more than 40 people – and of giving back to the region; we support many local charities and organisations throughout the year.”

Olivigna is a villa-restaurant, winery, olive grove, distillery and events venue nestled off Brumby’s Road in leafy South Warrandyte. Olivigna has flourished and prospered since opening in February of 2014 and is now a much loved staple of the local landscape and beyond, providing a unique dining experience that the team on deck describes as a “get-away-to-Italy vibe” on over 20 acres of great Mediterrean-like landscape.

For more information visit www.olivigna.com.au or pay them a visit at 54-56 Brumbys Rd, Warrandyte, Vic 3134.

For more information on the Manningham Business Excellence Awards, visit the website www.manninghambea.com.au

H2Pro crew take out the big one

WARRANDYTE has again trumped all other suburbs in Manningham after H2Pro Plumbing was named Business of the Year at the Manningham Business Excellence Awards last month.

The victory follows hot on the heels of Quinton’s IGA claiming the title last year.

Twenty-five businesses were nominated for this year’s Manningham Excellence Awards, with categories including hospitality, innovation, retail and professional services.

The awards recognise and celebrate businesses that have introduced a new process or improved an idea, method, technology, process or application resulting in improved business profitability and or social benefit.

H2Pro’s Tristan Wise, who does a lot of the behind the scenes work for the business, says winning was a “momentous” achievement.

“We didn’t think that we would actually win our category of Professional Services let alone Business of the Year. We feel extremely humble,” she said.

“The process of entering the awards not only highlighted a lot of areas that we want to improve on but how far we have come since we started.”

H2Pro started 14 years ago and is known for giving back to the community.

This year it has donated to various local fundraisers, organised educational presentations about bathroom trends and kitchen design, and has supported Melbourne-based charity Who Gives A Crap.

As part of the Who Gives A Crap campaign, H2Pro’s plumbers leave a free specially marked toilet roll at each client’s house, along with information about the lack of sanitation and clean water in developing countries, with the hope that

people will also choose to support the cause.

Tristan says she’s proud of how far the business has come since it was first established in 2000 and hopes H2Pro’s win inspires other small businesses around Warrandyte to enter next year’s awards.

“At H2Pro we are a merry band of three, Tony, director/plumber, John another star plumber, and myself behind the scenes,” she said.

“For most of the year, we are on call 24/7 and it’s hard work. We don’t have office space and we work from a small desk in our lounge room. So to be recognised and acknowledged for all of this really is thrilling and very rewarding.”