The critically acclaimed Séka Hills Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil leads the premium product line from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. The Tribe produces estate-grown, certified extra virgin olive oils, honey, wines, and other specialty foods. SékaHills is named in the Tribe’s Patwin language after the bluehills in Northern California’s Capay Valley, the heart of the Tribe’s culture and heritage.
In 2008 the Tribe planted the first large-scale development of super high-density olives in the Capay Valley. The Séka Hills Olive Mill, which debuted with the 2012 harvest, is located in close proximity to the orchards, ensuring the olives are milled quickly after harvest. To meet the growing demand for the estate Séka Hills extra virgin olive oils, the Tribe’s olive acreage has grown to over 500 acres that are now planted with Arbequina, Arbosana, Frantoio, Picual, Taggiasca, and Coratina varieties.
Séka Hills mills in its custom-designed Alfa Laval mill from Italy and operates under strict quality and industry standards. Séka Hills tests all its oils at independent laboratories and certifies its oils organoleptically as extra virgin by the California Olive Oil Council. The Séka Hills estate extra virgin olive oils can be found in over 1,000 retail stores and restaurants across the United States and in Japan.
“The COOC Seal recognizes that our oils are among the very best,” says Jim Etters, director of Land Management, Yocha Dehe Farm and Ranch. “Our ongoing commitment to excellence includes informing our customers about the importance and benefits of the Seal and using oils from the most recent harvest. The Seal, along with COOC harvest date labeling requirements, differentiates CA EVOO and provides buyers, chefs and home cooks with a ready and necessary tool to inform their buying decisions.”
Opened in November 2014, the multiuse Séka Hills Tasting Room, inside the mill facility, welcomes the community, agri-tourists and visitors to experience the bounty of the Capay Valley. The Tasting Room offers an insider’s view of how the Tribe’s olives are grown, milled and finished into the award-winning Séka Hills extra virgin olive oils.
Dedicated stewards of the land, the Tribe sustainably manages more than 22,000 acres, farms over a dozen crops, partners with organic growers, and grazes a growing herd of 700 cattle on tribal rangeland. This is one of the most diverse farming operations in Yolo County.
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is an independent, self-governed nation that supports our people and the Capay Valley, California, community by strengthening our culture, stewarding our land and creating economic independence for future generations.