Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Olive Oil Tasting in Rutherford

Not only does the Napa Valley produce excellent wine, but it is also home to high-quality, artisan olive oil. If you want to learn how olive oil is made and taste some excellent oil, I recommend a visit to Round Pond on Rutherford Road. The winery is on the south side of the road, while the olive mill is just north of the road.

Round Pond uses a stone mill and hammer mill to produce fresh olive oil from Italian and Spanish olive trees. When I visited last week olives were being milled, so I got to see some of the processing involved in the making of olive oil.

In addition to a tour of the production facility, a visit includes a tasting of Round Pond's oils and vinegar paired with various foods. The entire experience lasts about 90 minutes.

Tours and tastings are generally offered at 10:30, 12:30, and 3:00 and cost $20/person. Round Pond also offers an Al Fresco Lunch at 12:30 that costs $45/person. Advance appointments are required. Olives are usually harvested between October and January, so this is the best time to visit if you want to see some oil being made.

If you would like to take a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes a visit to Round Pond, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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