Watch a clip from Country Calendar of Jax and Bill Lee speaking about their involvement within the truffle industry. Dec 2016
The Kings Truffles Story
Kings Truffles was founded by Bill Lee in 2003 off the back of a passion that led him to research and train with some of the worlds best in Europe. Joined by his daughter Jax in 2006 and with the support of an enthusiastic board of Directors, the team constantly seek to innovate and explore the possibilities of supplying stunning fresh Black Truffle to the New Zealand market.
With Jax leading from the front as General Manager and over 6000 trees across Canterbury, they have concentrated the development of their business to offer quality and unique, hands on contact with truffle enthusiasts of all kinds. Not only are they the only NZ suppliers selling in-season, fresh truffle direct via an online store, they pride themselves in cultivating relationships with a myriad of local growers and suppliers to enable the development of more products such as Truffle butter.
In 2018 the first Truffle Hunters will be welcomed to enjoy a hands on experience with Jax and her dogs, followed by chef prepared tastings all from the warmth of an open fire and purpose built, rustic tasting shed.
Off the back of their combined experience they also offer an all encompassing service to potential truffle growers. Truffle infected seedlings, site analysis and ongoing support in management, growth and marketing/sales are available to those interested in their own truffiere.
With hard work, a lot of sweat, a few tears and even more laughs the team at Kings Truffles are proud to be part of the ever growing New Zealand truffle industry. The experience the team brings is essential. Combined with innovation and an open mind to learn more and develop accordingly, Kings Truffles strives to ensure delivery of the best quality black truffle in the world.
“After researching the truffle industry for two or more years and buying our 1.5 hectare block of land in Temuka to join the truffle industry, the consultation we received from Kings Truffle gave Dawne and I the confidence to move onto the next step and make our dream become a reality. From the bare block of land we had to prepare then planting of the trees and getting the irrigation in… We look forward to our future within the truffle industry and our on-going working relationship with Bill and Jax”