Until recently, Europe has always been the sole purveyor of olive oil. But, thanks in part to its similarity in climate and geography, the Central Coast of California is now becoming a leader in olive oil production. In 2002, recognizing that the conditions so conducive to olive production in Europe existed here on the Central Coast, Yves and Clotilde Julien planted olive trees and began their farm, bringing that European quality to California. Olea Farm is the perfect embodiment of the European ideals and traditions that are a quintessential part of the olive oil culture. A visit to their tasting room, located just outside the historic town of Templeton, is like taking a day trip through the European countryside. Templeton is located in San Luis Obispo County right in the middle of the well known Paso Robles wine appellation, with the cities of Paso Robles to the north and Atascadero to the south. 1000 silvery green Arbequina olive trees line the winding drive leading to the tasting room. Once in the tasting room, we welcome you with gracious hospitality and open arms. The tasting room showcases our award-winning extra virgin Arbequina olive oil and two expertly blended extra virgin oils, Crescendo and European; along with the delicately flavored lemon and basil olive oils. Visiting Olea Farm is the perfect introduction to the unique Arbequina olive. This small Spanish olive loves the warm California sun and produces one of the finest oils on the market. Its taste and essence are intense and powerful, yet it is delicate enough to be used in any recipe without overpowering the other ingredients. The flavor of the Arbequina is like putting “spring into a bottle”, which is why so many restaurant chefs from the area insist on using it to highlight their Central Coast cuisine.
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