At Coldani Ranch we are literally a “Family Business”. Our immediate family along with our spouses and a few little ones running around live and breath this business. Our family and a small handful of dedicated and passionate employees are what encompass our company; handling everything from tree to bottle. Growing the olives, processing them into oil, bottling, packaging design, marketing, sales and shipping are just a few of the tasks we split up. When we say we know each and every bottle inside and out, we mean it, and we feel the passion we have to produce a healthy quality extra virgin olive oil resonates in our finished product.
From Generation to Generation
Our family has been farming in the Lodi-Delta region of California for over 90 years across four generations. The majority of our family and sales team are California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo graduates. The idea to farm olives derived from a CalPoly senior project which originally started out as a vineyard design but quickly became olive groves after the discovery of how well they would grow in Lodi’s fertile soils which have produced world-class wines for decades.
When you mention California to some people they think of Hollywood, surfing and beaches. When you mention California to our family we think of farming, great weather, and some of the most fertile soils in the country. We believe it is important to keep it this way and this is reflected in our farming techniques. Sustainable and organic farm practices help us get the most out of the ground and keep an already healthy product even healthier. Processing water is recycled, and irrigation water is applied through drip hoses to be as efficient as possible. Tree trimmings are mulched and integrated back into our soils between the rows. The leftover ground up olive pits and solids are trucked off and fed to local dairy cows as a high source of nutrients.
At Coldani Olive Ranch we are constantly looking at what we can change to be more sustainable; so in a sense. . .green farming, green olives, and an awesome golden-green oil is what you are left with! You might still think of movie stars and hollywood when you hear California but hopefully you will also think of California Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Calivirgin!
Calivirgin olive oils have consistently medaled in all of the national competitions, making us one of the most awarded companies in the nation. Our extra virgin olive oils are popular for their fresh, aromatic, fruity flavor that is perfect for dipping but mild enough to use as a culinary staple in your kitchen. Our flavored olive oils have been milled the exact same way as our premium extra virgin olive oil, except they have been crushed together with fresh produce/herbs. The result is a naturally flavored oil with no additives or preservatives.
At Calivirgin, we believe our oil is so good it should be on the wine list! Enjoy!