Our 100 tree olive grove consists several cultivars, including 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 25 Coratina, 10 Mission, 10 Picholine, and 5 Pendolino plantings. These fully mature trees were originally planted at a Carmel Valley orchard in 1994. In 2007 they found their new home at Holman Ranch.
We chose to replant mature olive trees because it allowed us to produce olive oil immediately. We wanted to quickly develop and refine our style, so we could create the best possible oil.
Our trees are planted in shale, allowing for the highest quality production and harvesting results. We harvest our fruit by hand in December. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, on the other hand, is certified organic.
Unlike our wine production, we do not have an average production per year. This is because olive trees are alternate bearing, meaning they don’t abide by a typical annual growing season. One year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles bottles worth of oil, while another year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles. It all depends on the year!