We have had a long association with Graham and Mary Jones, Larry and Graham met at an essential oil seminar in Adelaide in 1993. Graham helped us with our Eucalyptus research. A lad called Adam Steer chose us as his subject and we did alot of research to selectively breed a higher yielding and disease resistant variety of tree, but that’s another story. Through that work Graham and Mary fell in love with Kangaroo Island and purchased a property near us and Kangaroo Island Ciders began with the planting of an apple orchard in 2004.
Since then they have planted over 30 different cider apple varieties including dessert apples, and have over 600 trees. In 2011, they introduced a medium dry Colony Cove Original Cider and in 2012, the medium sweet Colony Cove Draught Cider. Later introducing a Vintage and a Non Alcoholic.
The official launch of Kangaroo Island Ciders was on the 17th of November 2012 at Emu Ridge.
All ciders have won local and national awards. It walks out of our doors it really is a delicious drop!
The cellar door for Cider sales is located at Emu Ridge and tastings are available for group bookings only, unless advertised other wise. TASTINGS ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE JANUARY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2019
Emu Ridge are proud to have been chosen the Winners for the Best Farm Gate and Cellar Door Experience for 2016, and Best Farm Gate 17 and 18. Click this link if you would like more info on Kangaroo Island Ciders.
We have 6 packs and cartons that are offered at a better price than individual bottles. Graham Jones, has a long history as a lecturer in wine and cider making at Adelaide University and a lifelong interest in ciders. He also has the “onerous task” of being on the judging panel for the Australian Malt Whisky Society.
This professional and commercial interest has coincided with the resurgence of cider in Australia. Many commercial ciders in Australia are made with low-cost apple concentrate from overseas. Kangaroo Island Ciders produces its Colony Cove range from crushing apples from its 600 trees to produce quality, local ciders.
“Our aim in the longer term is to produce a range of traditional ciders made from old English apple varieties.” Meanwhile, you can try the Colony Cove range, including a non-alcoholic Apple Sparkler, at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus.
We use a mixture of apples to make our ciders with most being traditional English cider varieties. The cider is made by Graham Jones who has an extensive history of beverage production as an Associate Professor of Oenology at the University of Adelaide and as a distiller. These days Graham is semi retired and teaches Wine and Cider making at the University.
The Cider labels reflect the many beautiful coves around Kangaroo Island with the originals painted as watercolours by Mary Jones. You will find some of her artwork at Emu Ridge.
We couldn’t be prouder of our team at Emu Ridge. Our Xmas this year was a casual family one held at Emu Ridge with catering by Lucy’s KI Kitchen. Its always great to get everyone together. See this link for our Xmas album.
SUPER SALE at Emu Ridge just in time for Christmas. The 50ml Hand & Nail cream normally $12.95 and its only $7.00 Sale finishes on the 20/12/18. Makes the perfect gift or just for yourself!
This 50ml luxurious Kangaroo Island Wild Bushland Eucalyptus Hand and Nail Cream is great for having with you every day and slipping into your handbag it also makes a lovely Australian gift.
Double distilled in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil has been infused with fragrance to produce a sensual range of modern Australian made body care products.
Chilled by fresh, crisp breezes from the Antarctic, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary of pristine Eucalypts protected from introduced European infestations.
The Hand & Nail Creme is 50ml with Organic Sweet Almond Oil. It is a soft, decadent creme with macadamia, sweet almond and jojoba oil to leave your hands feeling silky smooth.
The cream has been made in Australia by Maine Beach using our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil. They specialise in Australian body care with fresh fragrances, with key organic ingredients.
Made with no parabens, sulphates, artificial colours or petrochemicals.
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Our Eucalyptus season has begun and Larry’s newly engineered still is proving to be an impressive time saver! The process has changed a little bit but the overall concept remains the same which is Steam Distillation. Check out this quick video to give you an idea!
HOW HE BUILT IT BELOW
The process is now as follows below:
- Larry collects the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee leaf using his mechanical harvester, which cuts the trees at the front and the leaf goes up the shoot then into a pot on the back which now holds 1 ton of leaf. You can view the harvesting process here.
- The pot of leaf has a mesh lid put on top and then this pot is turned over and put on top of another pot, the original still which is filled with water.
- Underneath the water pot a fire is lit and this begins to boil the water which then turns into steam.
- The steam rises into the next pot which has the leaves. The steam goes through the leaves and ruptures the oil cell which then turn into vapour.
- Both steam and vapour rise up and out through a pipe into the new condenser. The steam and vapour go through small pipes and cold water circulates the pipes. Cooling and condensing the steam and vapour into water and oil.
Larry with his new condenser he built, this is what it looks like inside, lot of welds in there!
The finished condenser in its correct place.
- The water and oil run down into a tank where there is a simple separator. The oil is lighter than water so this sits on top and flows off through a copper pipe and then out into a drum.
- And that is how the oil made.
Now with Larry’s new still he only has to do one distillation as the oil comes out clean and refined the first time. This makes it much easier and quicker for Larry to produce the oil. One process can take 2-3 hours and we get about 15-20 litres of Eucalyptus oil from 1 ton of leaf.
Emu Ridge manufacturing Eucalyptus oil on Kangaroo Island since 1991
New stock! The Australian Working Dog series of soft toys are gorgeous. If you love your Aussie Dogs these Kelpie, Blue Healer or Border Collie soft toys are a must ???
We are stocking these cute toys at Emu Ridge for a limited time only so order yours now so you don’t miss out!
The company that makes these beautiful toys was established in 1948 in Italy. The passion for toy-making, and the creative skills and craftsmanship, made this small family business grow from strength to strength. The business moved to Australia in 2005 and continues to operate from the Gold Coast, Queensland, expanding and developing on the original designs. These toys has the highest quality using high density 850-1100 gsm acrylics; the factory uses only highly skilled sewing staff capable of great intricacy in their work. Because of their safe, realistic plush animals bring joy to people of all ages, acting as sensory toys for children with autism and other special needs and are also extensively used to comfort the elderly being a perfect toy for use by patients with dementia.
Australian working dog soft toys at Emu Ridge
For Emu Ridge it is a pleasure to have them with us and being the perfect company for our dear Choppa.
Choppa our Black and Tan Kelpie
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Every day Emu Ridge receives online orders from all over the globe. Just because we live on Kangaroo Island doesn’t mean you have to stop using our products when you run out! We can deliver them to you! By air, sea or road mail. It’s easy to stock back up on your favourite products.
Our online shop enables you to purchase our genuine Australian products anywhere. If you visit our online shop, you’ll find it easy to browse around and find what you need. Its convenient, quick and easy and your supporting a local family owned business and our local community. It’s even a great chance for some Christmas shopping!
From collecting the order…
then, wrapping the products in tissue paper and bubble wrap…
to packing the products safely and now they’re ready to send!
Check out how we recycle with our packaging!
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Remember us, the only commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia. You’ll find us on beautiful Kangaroo island.
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Once again Bev has some orphaned animals she is looking after. This Spring she has 2 Joey Kanagroos, and a wallaby.
Bev has been hand rearing orphaned animals for 26 years! She has had Kangaroos, Wallabys, Possums, Birds. Once they’re old enough, they are released back into the wild on Emu Ridges farm.
The joey kangaroos we currently have are Leo, Bambi and we often babysit Kindy Boy. Leo is the oldest at 14 months and now doesn’t need to live in the pouch (bag/basket) but still will try to get in one when he can. Bambi is 10 months old and still lives in the pouch (bag/basket). Bambi was found on the Dudley Penisula by a couple who named him after his unique markings on his head. Kindy Boy is Bev’s daughters joey and he is also 10 months old. His name comes from when Mel took her children to kindy and on the way they found him, therefore he got the name Kindy Boy. Eucy the wallaby is 10 months old and is now semi released like Leo.
The joeys all still have 4 bottles a day. Sometimes a lucky visitor gets to feed one!
This is little Bambi 9 months old to cute!
They are little rascals just like a child or domestic pet as they grow. If you are visiting our beautiful island make sure you drive safely and if you see a dead animal on the road please check the pouches for little ones and it you find a baby or injured animal please call the local vet or National Parks in your area and we are always happy to help.