Bella Vista Ranch

In: Drinking|Eating

26 Jan 2013

(map) This ranch boasts not only a flourishing olive orchard rivaling those in Tuscany, but a winery as well. That’s a double bonus in the tasting room! Owner Jack has been growing olives for 14 years, and has a good-sized orchard of 1,200 trees. He harvests by hand, then presses them in the frantoio (Italian for olive press), producing a lush, slightly peppery oil with a fantastic grassy aroma. On weekends, they give walking tours of the orchard, winery and the frantoio.

If you want to grow your own, Jack has olive trees of all sizes for sale. But be prepared to wait. Those little ones are five years old, so it’s going to take a while to get trees his size.

A tasting of the old-world style wines is $5. Selection varies as they are a boutique winery with small production, so vintages come and go. Definitely taste the Cab if you get a chance. There are free tastings of the olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. The flavored oils, such as roasted garlic or blood orange, are infused with the actual herbs or fruits during the pressing process for a more intense flavor. Good stuff!

Bella Vista Ranch website

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