Halter Ranch’s Olive Orchard Produces Premium Olive Oil

Halter Ranch Olive Harvest

An increased consumer demand for premium olive oil is piquing interest in the olive orchards of Paso Robles, a key player in the California Extra Virgin Olive Oil market. Paso Robles has for some time been recognized as a premium grape growing region, and olives are just as happy in our Mediterranean environment.

Halter Ranch Olive Harvest

The west-side Paso Robles limestone soils provide ideal growing conditions for the Halter Ranch olive orchard. Our modest four-acre orchard has been developed in stages over the past few years. The original planting of Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino, and Pendolino comprise a traditional Tuscan field blend. Later, a small annex of Spanish Picual was added to the orchard. Picual is responsible for more than a quarter of the olive oil produced worldwide. The newer annex has since been augmented with Aglandau, a hearty French cultivar.

Halter Ranch Olive Harvest

Our orchard was harvested for the first time in 2015. Our second annual harvest was completed this year by our production and vineyard team on November 9, 2016. After picking and sorting by hand, the oil was milled at Kiler Ridge Olive Farm within mere hours of harvesting the fruit. After a few months of tank settling in our caves, the small-batch oil was meticulously racked, hand-bottled, and labelled. The different portions of the orchard were blended together to create our custom Mediterranean Blend. This award-winning oil is certified Extra Virgin by the California Olive Oil Council.

Halter Ranch Olive Harvest

Growth in the orchard has been so vigorous that we had to make some heavy pruning decisions this year. Dramatically pruning about half of the orchard for tree shape, we kept a close eye on the fruiting zones of each tree, and happily yielded more oil than in 2015. After milling, the pomace left over is returned to the orchard, closing the loop of our sustainable olive farming. All maintenance except for mowing, tilling, and mulching is performed by hand. Water application is minimal, and only organic compost is used for fertilization. We at Halter Ranch are delighted to produce a premium California Extra Virgin Olive Oil using the same practices that inform our grape growing and wine production.

Halter Ranch Olive Harvest

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Halter Ranch Mediterranean Blend Olive Oil

Bold and complex with a bright, peppery finish, this delicious blend is a perfect finishing oil for pastas, grilled meats, vegetables and salads. Our olive oil won Best of Show at the Central Coast Olive Oil Competition and Best of Class, Extra Virgin Olive Oil at the California State Fair.

The Halter Ranch Mediterranean Blend is available for purchase in the Tasting Room or online.

$16.00Club Price $12.80 (250ml)

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