Old Chatham Ranch olive oil is hand crafted. Starting in the field, the olive trees are hand tilled and pests are managed by natural techniques and organic farming practices.
In the late fall, the Lee family and their friends gather to handpick the olives and celebrate the harvest. That same day, the olives are taken to a mill in Hopland where the olives are stone crushed.
Each ton of olives produces about 25 gallons of oil. Old Chatham Ranch oil is certified extra virgin by the California Olive Oil Council. Since the U.S. has no legal definition for ‘extra virgin’, the certification seal is the your best guarantee that you have purchased the 100% extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin is the best, reserved for oils with very low acidity and free of any defects. It is completely natural and made using only mechanical methods. Old Chatham Ranch oil is robust, fruity and pungent, all very desirable characteristics.
The first commercial vintage of Old Chatham Ranch olive oil was made in 2005. In 2006 it started winning awards, receiving Silver Medals from both the Los Angeles County Fair and the San Diego Food and Wine Festival.
Old Chatham Ranch extra virgin olive oil was awarded Gold Medals at the California Olive Oil Council Competition for 2011, 2012, 2013.