Our Olive Story
Molefina Olive Ranch, is located on 100 beautiful acres in the small town of Creston, just east of Paso Robles, California. Located within the Paso Robles wine appellation, home to the finest California wine producers, the area is increasingly gaining recognition for its production of quality artisan-crafted olive oils. Just inland from the Pacific Ocean, we enjoy a combination of cool mornings and hot, sunny summer temperatures throughout the growing season.
Having the ideal climate for growing olives, we planted 2000 Arbequina trees in 2011, and followed with1000 Koroneiki trees three years later.
The first harvest in November of 2013 yielded a meager 22 gallons of Arbequina oil, but as the trees matured, our harvest has grown to just under 400 gallons!
ANNIE IN THE KORONEIKI GROVE
OUR FIRST HARVEST WITH MOLLY
Fresh From the Mill
Crafting quality olive oil is dependent on soils, elevation, irrigation methods, favorable climate conditions, and sustainable farming practices. Our trees are carefully tended throughout the year, and monitored in the fall to harvest when the olives reach the perfect point of ripeness—still green but dappled with shades of violet.
THE FRESHEST OLEA NUEVO!
Molefina offers Arbequina and Koroneiki extra virgin oils, and two fused olive oils also referred to as Agrumato - crushing fresh citrus fruit or herbs with the olives during the milling process.
Molefina Agrumato Oils Take Top Honors!
Our amazingly delicious, award-winning Pink Lemon Agrumato oil is a fusion of fresh organic pink lemons crushed with Arbequina olives for a fresh, purity of flavor and lemon fragrance. Our Sweet Basil oil is a crush of fresh organic basil and Arbequina olives releasing a perfectly balanced flavor with the delectable whiff of fresh-cut basil!
So what is "Agrumato"?
Originating in Abruzzo, Italy farmers created special oil for their families and friends by crushing small amounts of fresh citrus fruit with their harvested olives. Oils they called Agrumato derived from Agrume which means citrus.
Today, the term Agrumato has taken on a broader meaning referring to oil produced by simultaneously crushing olives with fresh citrus, herbs, alliums or other foods during milling.