Rancho Olivos is located, just north of Santa Barbara, in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.  For the past ten years we have crafted distinctively fresh Estate Artisan Extra Virgin Olive Oils that enhance the flavors of fine food and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. 

Rancho Olivos is a true family business.  My wife, Shannon, and I run all the day to day operations at the ranch.  Our goal is not to just produce outstanding olive oil, but also to share our artisan oils with everyone who appreciates unique, locally grown, handcrafted olive oils and want to enjoy them in their homes.

When we moved to California’s Central Coast Wine Region, like many others, we considered planting grapes.  We quickly realized that wasn’t going to be for us.  Shannon began thinking about raising a crop that would compliment the wonderful Santa Ynez Valley wines.  As a life-long food enthusiast and excellent cook, it didn’t take her long to hit on the idea of growing olives and making olive oil.

Back in 1999, Shannon went to Olive School, a short course offered by University of California, Davis.  The class gave her an opportunity visit several northern California olive farms and to taste many varieties of olive oil.  She would return from field trips with some oils for me to sample.

We loved the taste of Tuscan style olive oil, but thought that its pungency would not appeal to everybody.  Arbequina, a Spanish Varietal, is much lighter and fruity tasting.  We decided to plant a mix of Italian and Spanish Varietals of olives.  I
n 2010, we planted 3 more acres with a combination of Italian Taggiasca and Mission olive trees.  Today, we have seven acres of olive trees on our ranch.

We sustainably farm our trees in the Santa Ynez Valley.  Here the dry climate with warm long days and crisp evenings is an ideal environment for olive trees.


Our harvest is typically between early November to mid-January.  As they mature, the olives turn from firm green to a soft black. We hand pick and mill the olives within a few hours of harvest to assure the highest quality and freshness in all our artisan extra virgin olive oils.


Shannon and I give particular care to the entire process of the tending of the orchards, harvesting the olives, supervising the milling and bottling of our oils, opting for quality rather than quantity.

Shannon and I love to offer a truly local ,fresh, flavorful hand crafted extra virgin olive oil.  Since our first harvest, we have invited folks to drop in to farm and taste our artisan extra virgin olive oils.  We are the only olive oil producers in the valley to offer tastings on the farm next to our orchards of beautiful olive trees.

We are extremely grateful to our many family and friends who have helped us to grow Rancho Olivos, our gourmet artisan olive oil company. 

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