Sundays are for rejuvenation, so often I go in search of serenity close by. Just a few miles away from my house is an olive ranch, and it’s been on my list of places to visit for years. I used to drive past the ranch on my morning commute and I always wondered what life was like behind the gate. On Sunday, I finally got a chance to see.
McEvoy Ranch is one of the industry leaders and producers of organic extra virgin olive oil and is less than an hour north of San Francisco. There are more than 14,000 olive trees on the property, and just a few years ago they opened the ranch to visitors for tastings and tours.
If your goal is to sit in an idyllic setting surrounded by grapevines and orchards, to enjoy the sunshine, relax and sip wine, then this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. I shot some pictures of the grounds, the farmhouse and the fall colors on my weekend visit to the ranch.
The staff is small, so tasting reservations are required, but it’s easy to make them online a few days before you visit. There’s a lovely tasting room and gift shop carrying all of their extra virgin olive oils, skin care products, and olive wood kitchen goods. The hydration body oil is my new favorite.
If you book an official walkabout tour, they’ll take you all around the property, into the groves, and vineyards and a trip to their conservatory too. Tastings and tours include a lesson in the process of making their award winning organic olive oil. I can’t wait to return since I learned they just started “Wine Wednesdays” – I’ll be bringing a group of friends there soon. :)