By Lynne Tucker
When you buy olive oil from the Temecula Olive Oil Company, you also buy their quality guarantee. They are not just the sellers, they are the growers! Since the beginning, Temecula Olive Oil Company has been family-owned and operated, committed to using only California olives to make the highest quality olive oil. On their olive ranch, they practice sustainable agriculture, growing and harvesting a wide variety of olives, which they hand press using traditional methods to produce fresh, full-flavored extra virgin olive oil.
Since its launch in 2001, the Temecula Olive Oil Company has grown to 120 acres and produces 10,000 gallons of high-quality olive oil per year.
Enjoy a 90-minute guided walking tour through their olive groves learning about sustainable agriculture, growing olives, harvest techniques, milling and pressing along with a tasting of their extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The tour is offered the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m. at their olive ranch. The cost is $15 and admission for children 12 and under is complimentary.
After your visit to the ranch visit their store in Old Town Temecula, check out their amazing selections of: Olive Oils, Vinegars, Olives, Sea Salts, Spreads, Olive Oil Soaps, Lip Baum, Live Olive Trees, and Gift Cards.
Temecula is just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles. Enjoy a fun day trip or stay for a night or two. I would suggest The Inn at Churon Winery, a Boutique Chateau Bed and Breakfast/Winery. They offer reasonable rates that include parking, breakfast, and wine tasting daily.