by Ron Sanders, Alta Cresta Olive Orchard
As we all know, October is grape harvest time in Paso Robles. Now its harvest time in the olive world. Since the 1990’s growing olives for oil has seen a resurgence in California, nowhere more so than here in the Paso Robles area.
Paso is known for its Mediterranean type climate, similar to the region where olives originated. While you won’t see vast olive orchards spreading out for miles, you will find smaller orchards that are family owned and operated. The olive trees and olives are personally cared for and extra virgin olive oils of many different styles and characteristics are produced.