Clyde Orchards currently has six orchard blocks in the Earnscleugh Valley and the Packhouse and head office are also located in this area. Earnscleugh is where Clyde Orchards began with the purchase of the first orchard block in 1921.
Clyde Orchards Home Block & Sunbury Park
Apricots Sundrop, Clutha Gold, Clutha Sun Nectarines Orion, Summerblush, Hunny Flatto White, Gold Cherry Picnic, Lapin
The Home Block is one of the first blocks that began the expansion of Clyde Orchards. This piece of land, which grows apricots and nectarines predominately for the domestic market, has been owned by the family for 40 years.Sundrop Apricots are a mainstay variety of New Zealand apricot production and some of the first Sundrop trees planted in Central Otago are in this block.
Sunbury Park has a long history of being owned by pioneers and innovators of the horticulture industry in New Zealand.It was originally owned by Felix Faisandier, a pioneering French settler, and it is believed that he grew some of the first grapes in Earnscleugh on a mud brick wall at the back of the property. It was also the site of the first commercial dried apricot operation in the country, developed by Bill Ashton and then carried on by his son Wayne. Carrying on with the innovative history of the land, it is the site where Clyde Orchards chose to construct its first Cravo house.
Baileys block was acquired in 2012. The main block towards the Fraser River was already established in mixed varieties and the remaining area was developed in 2013. Prior to orchard development this block was used for grazing stock. Like may of our blocks, its name was derived from the surname of previous owners.
The newest parcel of land under the Clyde Orchards umbrella is Fords. This is the home of our second Cravo house. The construction took place in 2019 with the first commercial yield planned for 2021. Plans are in place to develop the remaining land between 2021 to 2023.
Fords is also the site of our staff camping ground, fondly referred to as “The Swamp.”
Cherries Skeena, Stacatto
Prior to cherries being planted this was an apple block. The last of our seasons cherries come from this Staccato block.
Keeping with the family nature of the business, this parcel of land is owned by Kevin and Musso’s sister Bernice and her partner Tony. The block is leased and managed by Clyde Orchards.
Flatto™ White, Gold
Situated at the base of the Fraser Dam Road and nestled on the banks of Omeo Creek this is where the original Flatto™ trees were planted and is where the bulk of our Flatto™ production comes from today. New plantings of our earlier Flatto™ White will produce commercial qualities in 2021.