If you travel to the South of France you not only see endless vineyards, but also a lot of olive trees. We liked the idea of carrying the feel of the region beyond vines, so we've decided to try our hand at growing French varietal olives. A number of olive orchards are popping up in California's wine regions, most planted to premium olive varietals. Very few are planted using French varietals, with the nod going to Italian. To create some diversity we've planted seven varietals, as follows: Cayon, Grosanne, Calletiere, Picholine, Tanche, Frantoio (a departure) , and Boutillan. Frantoio, is a popular Italian clone and, interestingly, is becoming quite popular in Provencal blends. The choice of Frantoio was not intentional. Our intention was to use Aglendau as the lead varietal, but it proved difficult to find. Since Frantoio and Aglendau are both used as anchor varietals, we ultimately opted for the former.
2010 marked the first year we harvested the olives, yielding us 3 tons of fruit. Purchases of our oil can be made through our website or in our tasting room.