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Due to abnormal weather patterns that heavily stressed olive trees last year, our company didn’t produce enough olive oil to last from one production season to the next. The winter of 2014 was far too mild in Southern California, and the lack of “chill hours” was very hard on fruit trees. With Nature so far out of balance, olive growers experienced the smallest harvest in 2 decades.

Responding to our customers’ request that we continue offering premium extra-virgin olive oils during the next seven months - from May-December, until the 2015 oils have been milled, bottled and readied for sale - we decided to take interim measures. Our Master Miller painstakingly researched and sourced olive oils of exceptional quality, choosing them for their rich flavor, potent nutritional value and high smoke point. These sourced extra-virgin olive oils were produced in Australia, Chile, Israel and Spain, and were blended by our Miller in our production facility. (NB: Both France and Italy lost 70% of their 2014 harvest to a huge infestation of the olive fruit fly and whitefly caused by over-abundant cold rains.)

The blends our Miller created range from mild and fruity (PROVENÇALE), to fresh and grassy (TUSCAN), and robust and peppery (ANDALUCIAN). They have already received rave reviews from visitors who come on Wednesdays (1-4 pm) and Saturdays (10 am-4 pm) to our free tours & tasting. Our ever-popular “Signature” variety is not included for now but will be back for the 2015 Season.

For our 5 infused extra-virgin olive oils, the infusions were made into the Provençale for the LEMON and MANDARIN and into the Tuscan for the BASIL, ROSEMARY and GARLIC. The infused oils have grown in popularity over the past few years for their versatility.

Cultivation Update : In our grove located in the East end of the Ojai Valley, our olive trees began budding 6 weeks ahead of schedule this spring. During the past few days, pin-size minuscule olives have been appearing – always a happy sight! Thanks to extensive pruning and much more rain than last year, the 2015 crop is sturdy and promises to be abundant. We anticipate releasing the 2015 Season extra-virgin olive oils by December 1, in good time for holiday gifting. To your health!

We invite you to send us an email with comments or questions to info@ojaioliveoil.com.

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