The world class growing climate of Sebastopol, California is home to this extraordinary olive ranch and award winning artisanal olive oil production facility. This specific region is famous world-wide for its excellent “Pinot Noir” growing climate as evidenced by neighboring “Kendall Jackson” and “J Vineyards”. No expense has been spared in creating this masterpiece tasting room, press facility and farm–complete with the largest Italian Rapanelli olive press in North America. This is a turn-key boutique olive oil business that includes custom crush clients, numerous 5 star restaurants, retail accounts, such as “Whole Foods” as well as many other streams of revenue, including special event space rental and a 10,000 case wine permit.
The fully mature 55 +/- acre olive orchard consists of 9,500 olive trees of 20 varietals from Tuscany, France, Spain, Sicily and Sardinia; with four 150-year-old showpiece olive trees; a two-story 6,685 sq. ft. “Eco-Friendly” Tuscan-style contemporary building that includes an upper level one bedroom and full bath suite/private office, a salon/tasting room, and high-end olive oil/winery production facility permitted for 1,000 tons of olive processing, a 10,000 case winery permit, and 15 special events per year. Also included are all current olive oil business clients including custom crush clients; the Rapanelli press; stainless steel tanks; olive oil inventory, bottling equipment and supplies; most interior furnishings; a 10kw “Bergey” wind turbine (reduces utility bill); a 100 GPM well; 33,000 gallon steel water tank; as well as miscellaneous olive oil equipment and many more business related items. The entire property is gated and deer fenced, and has a high GPM well and is considered an abundant water area (considering the California drought).
*Special note: The property has been legally subdivided into 3 separate parcels with the “Williamson Act” (reduces property taxes) that can be operated as one and build your dream house or family compound, or can be purchased separately.
Tuscan Building and Grounds
Situated on 55 +/- glorious acres and set among row upon row of premium olive trees sits a stunning Tuscan-style olive press facility straight from the pages of “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Surrounded by meandering pathways within a beautiful Mediterranean-style garden, the High-End building was designed for outdoor living and a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether throwing open the doors for an exclusive olive oil tasting, a special “Event of Distinction”, or private dining in the salon/tasting room with friends and family, this building offers a blissful European lifestyle unlike anything else. This is truly a rare and unique property and the Largest Olive Farm in Sonoma County, California.
The classically beautiful central courtyard, resplendent with 150-year-old olive trees, Mediterranean plants and decomposed granite pathways center around a multi-tiered classic Italian fountain. Rows of “True medicinal Lavender” beautify the property with their aroma and are distilled into high quality essential oils and spa hydrosols contributing to the extra income stream and personal enjoyment. A two-story glass enclosure with built-in banquette seating showcases beautiful pastoral views of the surrounding hillsides, while LED energy efficient lights accentuate the building’s architectural splendor and grandeur at night. An impressive cedar trellis anchors the front of the building while custom cast stone steps and trim add visual interest and permanence. The Mediterranean courtyard area can accommodate tastings, parties and weddings. This property could be perfect for listing withwww.BeautifulPlaces.com (luxury villa/property rentals), and has many uses.
Completely permitted for commercial and ADA use, the olive press was built using high quality “Eco-Friendly” products, including the use of “Tridy Building Panels”, which are insulating, resistant to rodents, termites, pests, fire, mildew and earthquakes. The entire building was engineered for full efficiency, safety and a lifetime of longevity. Interior and exterior plaster were hand troweled with natural French lime plaster plus “Safecoat” linseed oil natural paints were used throughout the facility, creating a healthy and chemical-free space. An ideal temperature controlled environment is maintained by radiant floor heat which is all throughout the facility and living quarters to maintain the highest quality storage environment for your products and personal well being. The building also makes use of abundant solar tubes which infuse natural light. Top quality “Marvin” windows and doors were chosen to accentuate the timeless classic design of “European Livable Luxury”.
On the main floor of the Press is the entryway to the salon and tasting room accented by smooth finish French lime plaster walls, rustic antique “French Parrefeuille tile” floor pavers, custom tasting bar, display shelving, bar washing sinks, wet bar, 18-ft.high expansive ceilings, and multiple sets of French doors with artful floor to ceiling atrium windows. The commercial grade kitchen includes stainless steel counters, commercial sink, dishwasher, ice-maker and custom wood cabinetry. Centered in the salon is an energy efficient wood burning fireplace with conversational sitting area (some furnishings are included). The main floor also has two elegant guest client restrooms accented with antique “French Tomette hexagonal floor tiles”, French lime plaster walls, and “Duravit” sinks. The interior design is “European Livable Luxury”.
Guest Suite/Private Office
Via a private entrance, the upper level of the building features an elegant guest suite with full bath. French doors open to a private balcony overlooking the courtyard below with expansive views of the olive orchard and terrain. The full bathroom features terrazzo tile floors, a large contemporary custom cast concrete sink by “Bohemian Stoneworks”, floor to ceiling tiles, and walk-in “Rohl” shower system. Tasteful furniture, organic latex king bed and most furnishings are included in the sale. ‘Rustic French Parrefeuille Floor Tiles’ and French Lime Plaster walls create “European Livable Luxury”.
Within full view from the salon/tasting room, the 6,685 +/- sf. olive processing room is a state of the art endeavor, highlighted by the completely computerized Rapanelli olive press. The largest of its kind in North America is claimed to be the best the market has to offer with a maximum capacity of two tons per hour which is able to separate five varieties of olives at one time with maximum efficiency, speed and flexibility; ideal for juggling the olive harvest from the orchard’s acreage, as well as repeated custom crush contracts. This machine is high production. The pressing facility also features a digital scale, olive conveyor, many stainless steel tanks, mezzanine and lower storage rooms, a bottling room with semi-automated filler, four chilling units for wine aging and room for barrel storage, two industrial exhaust fans, and a half bathroom with a washer and dryer. Outside, the 3,000 +/- square ft. “Covered Drive Through” crush pad is able to handle both olive and grape harvests with efficiency and ease.
The Olive Farm: 9.95M
Set on three separate parcels, the fully mature orchard consists of approximately 9,300 olive trees representing 20 different varietals. Since the Olive Trees are 15 years old they are fully mature and that’s quite an accomplishment because olive trees do not yield sizeable fruit until many years of established growth.
Parcel One: Tuscan Block (3351 Canfield Road) 1.75M
This parcel has a total of 2,000 mature trees, planted in 2001. The predominant variety is Leccino (1,600 trees) with smaller amounts of Frantoio (300 trees) and some Maurino (100 trees), planted as pollinators. These varietals produce the popular Tuscan blend, known worldwide for its substantial deeply complex flavors, colors and aromatics, which have won Gold, Best of Class and Best of Show Medals. This high density planting of 15 ft. between row by 14 ft. in row, allows for maximum production without sacrificing quality. The open vase scaffold of the olive trees makes it easy for harvest: allowing light penetration for even ripening. Maurino olives were planted as pollinators, laid out every 4th row, every 6th tree, for complete pollination. Hand harvested (late fall) using battery operated rakes and nets, it is not uncommon to harvest six tons per day in a good year. The orchard is managed sustainably. This parcel has an approved building and leach field envelope, as well as expansive views, and a newer asphalt road with a gated entrance.
Parcel Two: French Block (3555 Canfield Road) 2.85M
This parcel has very unique varietals that are difficult to find outside of Europe. The south facing orchard consists of 2,000 French varietals including 1,000 Picholine Trees and a smaller mix of Aglandau, Cayon, Luques, Grossanne and Boutellian. The north facing Tuscan orchard consists of 600 Minerva and 100 each of Cerasoula, Ladoelia, Maurino and Frantoio trees. Many of these olives trees are very rare outside of Europe and produce exceptional, award winning oils that produce a competitive market edge. This orchard was laid out in a complex pollination pattern in order to evenly scatter pollen via the wind to maximize production yields. Many of the varietals are excellent for either oils or for table olives. The oils themselves have taken Gold Medals, Best of Class and Best of Show almost each year for the past five. Every tree was also planted in a five gallon wire gopher basket. Parcel two has a premium and dramatic view building envelope, plus already installed 7 bedroom leach field. This premium view site comes with custom Architectural “European Estate” building Design plans, from BAR Architects / San Francisco. The “Bergey” 10kw wind turbine is located on this parcel, as well as a newer asphalt road and gated entrance.
Parcel Three: Olive Press Block (3387 Canfield Road) 7.5M
Upon entering The Olive Press Block, through a gated entrance, and winding up a new asphalt road lined with classic Italian Cypress trees and Lavender plants, one arrives at the dramatic Tuscan Olive Press Facility, with sweeping views from the engineered view site.
The Olive Press Block contains 4,500 olive trees that are representative of all of the olives grown on the farm. It has excellent diversity and offers the ability to experiment with different custom blends, and potentially some “Pinot Noir” vines.This parcel also contains the Olive Press production facility, two approved homesite envelopes, an installed leach field and an additional approved leach field. The functioning 100 GPM well is located on this parcel.
The olive trees on this parcel consist of the following: The south facing slope has 2,000 Spanish varieties with 1,100 Arbequnia, 200 Lecchin De Seville, 200 Hojiblanca, 150 Picual, 150 Manzanilla, and 200 Empeltre. The north facing slope to the east has 1,700 olive trees planted at double density with 1,100 Minvera, 150 Cerasoula, 150 Ladoleia, 150 Maurino and 150 Frantoio trees. The north facing slope to the west has 500 olive trees with 100 each of Hojiblanca, Arbequina, Picholine, Leccino and Pendolino. Upon entry at the main gate, there is also a 150-tree Leccino orchard to the right of the driveway and 150 Cayon Trees to the left of the driveway. The Spanish and Minerva blocks have both won Best of Show, Best of Class and Gold Medals almost every year they are entered.