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“OJAI OLIVE OIL ranch for Tours and Tastings”
Review of Ojai Olive Oil

Ojai Olive Oil
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Ojai Olive Oil is a family owned and operated farm, and the oldest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the region. In addition to award winning olive oils, we also produce an array of wonderful imported balsamic vinegars and food grade olive oil based cosmetics. We are open for Free Tastings and shopping 7 days a week (10am-4pm), and give Free Guided Tours & Tastings on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-4pm. On Sundays we are also at the Ojai Farmers Market in the middle of town. Our Tours & Tastings are open to all, do not require a reservation, and are free. We begin outside and discuss the history of our groves and a bit about olive oil in general. We also get into important information about selecting, storing, and cooking with olive oil, show you our mill and how the olive oil is made, and end up in the tasting room to sample all of our products. Our groves are certified organic, and we are one of the valley's only operating permaculture farms. Ojai Olive Oil is proud to be one of the Ojai Valley's most popular destinations, and we look forward to seeing you at our farm :)
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Husband and I looking for something different to do for a couple of hours early August on a Wednesday. . Found the OJAI OLIVE OIL company had tours on Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm (also Saturdays, 10am-3pm ) Free , no reservation required. Tours start when enough people have gathered after the last tour has ended. You can join the group at any point, leave at any time. You can skip the tour and go to the tasting room to taste and shop. Alice, the owner, began outside in front of the building with the tasting room and also where the olives are processed. No walking around involved, Mostly a lecture outside about the ranch and olive tress, followed by going inside to see where the processing is done. Interesting and interactive. Suitable for all ages. Small children can play outside with things on the ground if they get bored, inside the machinery is shiny and complex looking.
Husband and I found Alice's info to be fascinating, well worth our time. And the Olive Oils !
Won several prizes for Best in Show in New York. It is darn good olive oil. ENJOY

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

This is a nice, quick tour of a family business that offers unique homemade olive oil and balsamic vinegars. Nice tasting room and it's one of the things you really should do if you're in the Ojai area.

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Yes, this place is kind of hidden away, but not as hard to find as people say. Our GPS was right on. Nice grounds and shade while you wait a few minutes for a free tour. We learned a lot about the history and how olive oil is made. They let you taste all you want and there are LOTS of favors of olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the tasting room. There's also face cream, soap and lip balm. We bought several things for ourselves and for gifts. We enjoyed it - Definitely worth a stop!

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I learned a lot about olive oil on the tour, but because we arrived after the tour had begun, we had to wait around a while for the next tour to get all of the information. I'd recommend arriving right when they open to be sure you can take a tour from the beginning. There were also a lot of people, which made it hard to maneuver around the tasting room.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

At the end of a long dirt road, the Ojai Olive Oil Ranch is a fun, informative, interesting hour. We have tried to get there for years, but they are only open for a couple of hours a couple of times a week, so we kept missing them. This time, we got there! Get a map; you'll never find it without a map. There is a "tour" of the ranch, which is really just a walk through some of the olive trees, along with a peek at the pressing room, where the process of pressing the olives for oil was explained. All in all, very interesting. But the point of going is the tasting room. The owner is a French woman who is very knowledgeable about olive oil and balsamic vinegars. She explained the difference between American and European taste in olive oil and how to use the various kinds of oil in cooking and eating. There is also a wide variety of imported balsamic vinegars which were really fun to taste. There were some cosmetics made with olive oil, creams, soaps and lotions, all for sale in the tasting room. Really really glad we finally ended up getting up there! Really worth the trouble of finding the place and the time.

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