Nannup Truffle Company was founded by West Australian businessman Dave Somerville in 2016.
Through a series of fortunate events, Dave acquired a 300 acre property in Nannup, located in WA’s picturesque south west, and set about researching the best way to use the gently undulating, rich verdant land.
Dave has always loved beautiful food, but had never encountered truffles before, so when someone suggested planting truffles, he decided to dig a little deeper. He attended a truffle conference, and became intrigued with the romance and indulgent reputation of the odd looking fungus. And when, at the conference, he had his first bite of marron with truffles, it was, as they say, a ‘light bulb’ moment.
Dave finally understood what the hype was about, and a journey of discovery was fast becoming an obsession.
Enter Adam Wilson of Great Southern Truffles. This industry icon – with the experience of commercialising two truffières in Australia, and 20 years’ experience in importing and exporting fine foods, is one of the originating producers of truffle products in Australia.
Dave’s experience in the business sector, together with Adam’s vast knowledge of everything truffles was a business relationship made in truffle heaven. And so began the manifestation of their dream, the beautiful farmland in Nannup provided the perfect combination to establish a truffière.
Because Dave and Adam wanted to share their love of truffles with the masses, they explored the idea of a Co-operative truffière, where members ‘purchase’ their own piece of the truffière. In addition to many membership benefits, they will receive dividends when the truffles are ready, either in the form of truffles, or proceeds of their sale.
This Co-operative arrangement, which is a ‘Share Farming Agreement’ between the Co-operative, Great Southern Truffles as the Manager, and the Land Owner ensures that all parties are working together to achieve the best production, the best yields and the best prices!
For a one time subscription, members of the Co-operative are invited to themed dinners and events, and when the truffles are ready, they will receive invitations to truffle hunts and on site events. All of our members receive quarterly newsletters with special recipes from well known guest chefs, information on what’s happening at the truffière, and what events are coming up for members.
Visit our ‘Membership’ section for more information on how you can own your own piece of truffle heaven.