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Tuscan-Inspired Extra Virgin Olive Oil

At Holman Ranch, we have a truly distinct olive grove, comprised of 100 trees. Located on a south facing hill in our lower vineyard, the grove contains six cultivars (or varietals of olives). This variety of mature trees allows for the production of a uniquely balanced olive oil, inspired by the traditional Tuscan style.

Our Olive Oil

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 300, 750ml bottles worth of oil, while another year they may produce only 25, 750ml bottles. It all depends on the year! At Holman Ranch, we produce our extra virgin olive oil in both 750mL bottles and 375mL bottles.

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Our Olives

Frantoio

A fruity olive oil with an even balance of pepper and bitterness is produced from this varietal. It is predominantly grown in the Tuscan region of Italy.

Leccino

This medium-sized, oval-shaped olive is typically a purple/black hue and produces a delicate oil with a mild, fruity flavor. Mainly cultivated in the Tuscan region of Italy, it can be found in many regions of the world because of its adaptability to different growing environments.

Mission

A unique varietal to the United States, the Mission Olive’s flavor varies depending on the time of year it is harvested. A November harvest yields an oil that has a greener flavor and aroma, while a January harvest produces a mild, smoother taste.

Coratina

Originally from Puglia in Southern Italy, the oil from this olive has a strong, peppery flavor with a hint of sweetness.

Pendolino

This small-to-medium olive produces a mild, delicately flavored oil that is pleasing to the palate.

Picholine

Originally from France, the Picholine Olive is likely the most famous of the bunch, as it is known as the “cocktail olive.” When picked early, it is green, soft, and perfect for a martini. When picked later, it produces a delicate, subtle oil that contains a touch of saltiness.

At Holman Ranch, we take great pride in producing the highest quality artisanal olive oils in the Carmel Valley area. Make sure to visit our Shop to purchase your favorite olive oil online, and when you’re in the area, contact us to schedule your visit to our olive grove.

You can Purchase our Extra Virgin Estate Olive Oil at our Online Shop!