eLivermore.com - By Bill Nale
Olive Oil in the Livermore Valley
Livermore is known for wine,
The US is the third largest olive oil producer, with virtually all of it produced in California. Areas that are good for wine are generally also good for olive oil.
Olive trees have a long life, and commonly produce for hundreds of years.
Olive trees also make excellent carving wood.
Photo from left to right:
Background painting by Laurel Gangola
Olive Oil producers in the Livermore Valley
Most are sold at the location listed. Some may be difficult to obtain.
No retailers in the area carry the local Olive Oil as far as I have been able to determine.
|Alivas Di Morgan||2339 First St., Livermore||Contact: Russ Morgan: email@example.com|
|Arroyo Windmill Grove||2400 Arroyo Road, Livermore. Behind Eckert Winery tasting room, across from Ravenswood.||Open Noon to 5 Saturdays
Made from olives from Livermore, around Eckert Winery.
Pressed on site.
$11 to $15 per 375ml bottle.
Pressed on site.
Contact: Rik Hansen: firstname.lastname@example.org, (925) 454-8500
|Crane Ridge Olives||8500 Crane Ridge Rd., Livermore||(925) 449-1764|
|Darcy Kent Vineyards||7639 Cedar Mountain Drive, Livermore.||Available from the winery.
Contact: Darcie Kent: email@example.com (925) 443-5368
|Del Arroyo Vineyards LLC||2256 Hansen Rd, Livermore|
4120 Cross Road,
||Genesis Ranch was established in February 1995 with the planting of 20
acres of Manzanillo olive trees. The orchard and family home are
located in the southeast corner of Livermore Valley on Cross Road.
Today, the orchard is producing a limited bottling of premium 100% extra
virgin gourmet olive oil.
The olives are hand picked in November and immediately cold pressed. The oil is then filtered for clarity. Genesis Ranch Olive Oil is sold privately and through local wineries, and is served at local restaurants.
The Genesis Ranch orchard is meticulously managed and cared for by the
Miille family. Natives of California, the Miilles are raising their
family at Genesis Ranch. Often the whole family can be seen working in
|Milani Olives||..... Cross Roads, Livermore||Contact Paula Milani: (925) 294-9760|
4555 Arroyo Road,
||Established in 1881, Olivina was one of the first grape and olive
growers in Livermore. Originally the 2000 acres was marked by the
stone gateway with "Olivina" in wrought iron. The historic arched
gateway still stands today at the corner of Wetmore and Arroyo Roads.
In 1940, the Crohare family purchased approximately 700 acres and utilized
the land for cattle operation. Olive varieties planted on the property
consist of Mission (over 3,000 trees), Arbequina (over 1,500 trees), Lucca
(242 trees), Frantoio (about 6,200 trees) and original trees over 100 years
The California Olive Oil Council has certified the olives harvested
in November 2003 as "Gold" for the Arbequina olives and "High Silver" for
the Mission olives with a very low fatty acid (0.4%). Oil from Olivina
received the California Olive Oil Council seal of quality to note 100%
California Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is low in fatty acids and free of
defects. All of the olive oil from Olivina is cold pressed unfiltered
for the highest quality, flavor and aroma.
|Quail Creek Vineyard||Sold at Bent Creek Winery, 5455 Greenville Rd, Livermore||$12.00 for a 375ml bottle
Manzanillo & Mission olives from trees near the southern end of Greenville Road.. Cold-pressed, and unfiltered.
|Victorine Valley Farms||1080 Victorine Rd, Livermore||Contact: Larry Robinson: firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Hermanson: email@example.com, (925) 454-8770|
|Sera Festino - Purple Orchid Inn||
4549 Cross Road Livermore
||Our 1222 Manzanillo olive trees were planted in May, 1995. This
orchard was the first orchard planted as part of the South Livermore plan,
an Alameda County land use plan that blends the interest of agriculture and
the smart development. This plan requires land subdivision to a
minimum of 20 acres with a requirement that 90% be planted in cultivated
crop of olives or grapes. These Manzanillo olives have produced
multiple crops of 100% extra virgin premium olive oil that is used in local
restaurants, sold at many of the 22 local wineries and at The Purple Orchid
Inn Resort and Spa. Enjoy this first cold pressed extra virgin olive
$19.99 for a 375ml bottle.
Contact: Karen Hughs: firstname.lastname@example.org or Heidi Farah.
(925) 606-8855, email@example.com
|Oro Fino at Wente Vineyards||5565 Tesla Road, Livermore||$19.99 for a 375ml bottle. Available at the winery.
Estate Grown Certified Organic "Oro Fino" Extra Virgin Olive oil, from a century old grove.
Made from Lucque, Manzanillo, Picholine, Ascolano, Mission & Sevillano olives.
Contact: Ken Kupperman: KenK@wentevineyards.com
|Winn Olive Oil||1090 Victorine Road, Livermore||Brice Springer:
Bruce.Springer@direcway.com or Dale Springer
|Wood Family Vineyards||7702 Cedar Mountain Drive, Livermore||Hand picked olives, from trees surrounding the vineyard.
$15 per 375ml bottle
Rhonda Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Wood.
|Wood Ranch Estate, LLC||100 Twin Oaks Lane, Livermore||Contact: Tracy Wood:
email@example.com, Tim Wood:
Where to Buy
Olive Oil can be purchased directly from the producers, via the above contact information.
Some brands may also be purchased at:
First Street Wine Company, 2211 First St, Livermore
Livermore Farmer's Market
Livermore Valley Olive Growers booth at the Livermore Wine Country Festival, May 1, 2004
Olive Trees planted in 2001 at Olivina Ranch.
Olive Oil Links
California Olive Oil Council
Olive Oil Source - Olive Oil Information and products
Article on olive oil in wine country