Most guests come to Sonoma Valley to experience wine country- but did you know that when we are not up to our elbows in juice we’re harvesting and pressing olives? There are many reasons “olive” Sonoma, and I wanted to share a few gems of the valley with you!
- B.R. Cohn Winery at Olive Hill Estate
Olives in their pre-oil stage.
Home to over 450 Picholine Olive Trees dating back to the 1800s, the Olive Hill Estate Vineyards offer a picturesque location for the best of both worlds: tasting wine and olive oil. The olive tree name comes from the French word ‘Piccolo,” meaning small or petite. With its soil warmed by the natural hot springs below, this unique climate produces amazing fruit. After an olive oil tasting, top off your taste buds with some of B.R. Cohn’s Olive Hill Estate Wines, including their Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and their Cabernet Sauvignon Port! They have a quaint patio onsite perfect for enjoying a picnic alongside your vino.
- Figone’s California Olive Oil Company
I loved the tasting room at Figone’s!
Recent transplants from Kenwood, you can now find Figone’s right in the heart of downtown Sonoma. There you can taste 12 olive oils and 8 balsamic vinegars on any given day. Treat yourself to the Fresh Olive Bar and some olive oil infused body products. On the weekend, you can indulge in their homemade mozzarella and cannoli’s.
But if that seems too far to travel, you can taste their product right here at Kenwood Inn and Spa! Try our Insalata Verde di Kenwood, featuring Figone’s 20 year aged balsamic.
Insider scoop: if you grow olives at home, you can take them to Figone’s and they will press them into oil for you at their Village Mill.
- The Olive Press
Winning 384 awards for their olive oil since 2001, The Olive Press is a destination not to be missed as the very first olive mill established in Sonoma. Its convenient location at the opening of wine country makes it an ideal first stop after a journey over the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop in to try their 2015 Gold Winner, Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which took home awards at the New York International Olive Oil Competition as well as the Central Coast Olive Oil Competition. The Olive Press shares a location with Jacuzzi Family Vineyards- making a great stop for tasting and more tasting. I suggest their 2012 Barbara, a crisp and vibrant red with lively berry flavors!
If you are a fan of exquisite olive oil, wine, and world class cuisine then Sonoma Valley is your vacation destination. As your concierge, I am here to make your stay in our valley magical and memorable- let me know how I can assist you on your next visit to us!