Calivirgin olive oil, a Lodi olive oil, is grown and produced by Coldani Olive Ranch, part of a diversified farming company in the Lodi-Delta region of California. The majority of our family and sales team are California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo graduates. The idea to farm olives derived from a Cal Poly 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. Coldani Olive Ranch utilizes oil derived exclusively from its own olive groves, one of the only producers in the Lodi region to do so. It is in this way that we are able to guarantee every bottle contains only the highest quality olive oil available. The central valley of California enjoys the same Mediterranean climate as the olive growing regions of Italy, except, we have also been blessed with the fertile soils and abundant water supply of the Lodi-Delta region.
The modern planting and machine-harvesting techniques utilized at Coldani Olive Ranch allow harvest to occur at optimum fruit maturity for flavor and freshness. Mechanical harvesting allows the olives to be picked quickly, untouched by human hands and without contact with the soil or other contaminants. These fresh olives are then milled within hours of harvest using state-of-the-art cold-temperature extraction technology to ensure a clean and unadulterated oil. All of our extra virgin olive oil is estate grown; we don't use any pesticides and our product is organically and sustainably produced from our family owned and operated farm.
As a result, the Calivirgin unfiltered blend was produced from Arbequina and Koroneiki olives creating a fresh, aromatic, fruity flavor that is perfect for dipping but mild enough to use as a trans fat free culinary staple in your kitchen. A slight amount of sediment is a natural occurrence in our unfiltered olive oil that serves to enhance the flavor as well as to increase the nutrients.
Calivirgin Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been Seal-Certified by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC). A Seal-Certified olive oil offers the highest standard of quality to American consumers with positive taste elements, no taste defects, and less than .5% free oleic acid, as determined during a blind tasting by a qualified panel of experts. Seal-Certified olive oil also comes from olives that are mechanically extracted without chemicals or excessive heat. As stated by the COOC, “Trust the Seal - Your Extra Virgin Guarantee.” Any oil that does not bear the seal has no guarantee that it has been tested to meet any standards at all as there is currently no mandatory testing for quality of olive oil sold in the United States.