It was in 1996 that Christina Hindhaugh began trialling a variety of herbs on her wool growing property “Englefield” south of Balmoral, keen to discover a herb species most suitable for her Balmoral soils and climate.
In 1998 Christina toured USA, France and the UK on a Churchill Fellowship to research herb markets and production techniques.
Rosemary was found to satisfy two significant criteria: it best suited the climate and soil types available; and it appeared that rosemary was under-supplied in an emerging market, in comparison with supply and demand of other fresh herbs.
In 2000 Glenelg River Rosemary Pty Ltd was established by Christina Hindhaugh and her good friend and neighbour Anita Watt.
Glenelg River Rosemary secured a long-term lease on 12 hectares of land and by September 2000 had planted 49,000 rosemary seedlings. The first harvest was undertaken 6 months later.
Today our business is spread across three broad acre farming properties including “Englefield” and “Tralee” to the South of Balmoral and our most northern block, “Changbool” across the Glenelg River in the Wimmera. With 25 hectares of land currently home to over 170,000 rosemary bushes, today we are the biggest supplier of quality fresh rosemary in Australia.
As part of our vision for Glenelg River Rosemary paddocks are replanted on a 5 – 6 year rotation ensuring an ongoing supply of quality rosemary long into the future.
In 2016 we made a decision to rebrand the business as Glenelg River Herbs to better reflect the expansion into culinary herb varieties beyond rosemary. Our current range includes oregano, sage and thyme, and of course, rosemary.