Since 1997, Jordan Winery has made small-batch, high-quality extra virgin olive oil from Italian and Spanish olive trees planted on our 1,200-acre estate in Sonoma County, California. The art of how olive oil is made for extra virgin olive oil classification is different from regular “pure” or “classic” olive oil, and after the national news coverage of Italy’s extra virgin olive oil scandal, which reported that many volume producers have been exporting bottles labeled as Italian extra virgin olive oil that were not extra virgin quality (some oils weren’t even made from olives!), it’s important to understand why cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is the best quality olive oil, and why it costs more than other classifications. In this video, we demonstrate how olive oil is made for Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Read below for key steps for how to make extra virgin olive oil. Real Food for Life also has one of the best overviews on how to spot olive oil fraud, what makes extra virgin olive oil special and how to identify extra virgin olive oil.
Olive trees have been cultivated in the Mediterranean Basin of Europe for centuries. France, Italy, Spain and Greece are all known for their stalky olive trees and green-hued olive oils. These countries’ dry, warmer weather also makes it ideal for wine grapes. Unlike grapevines, olive trees are shallow-rooted, so planting in windy areas can be a problem as the trees get older. Olive trees can live for 100 years plus and begin to produce a consistently bountiful crop around the 25-year mark, in our experience at Jordan Estate. These alternate-bearing trees produce more fruit in one year than the other, so crop size is consistent, yet inconsistent.
Sonoma County wine country has a Mediterranean climate, so grapevines, olive trees and stone fruit trees are all common agricultural crops. Most Sonoma olive oil producers and Sonoma wineries that make extra virgin olive oil grow olive varieties that originated in Italy, Spain or France. Here’s a list of the main olive tree varieties planted in Wine Country.
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