Olivaia is a micro-producer of estate extra virgin olive oil and a grower of the historic ‘California Ripe Olive’ in the Lindsay area, formerly nicknamed the ‘olive capital of the world’. Olivaia started in 2012 with the purchase of a mature olive orchard with many neglected trees over 100 years old. Using their golden history as our groundwork, we immediately began rehabilitating our trees, trees that would have otherwise headed towards mulch for more lucrative crops like citrus or almonds. Inspired by history, both trees and locale, we not only re-established ties with the table olive sector but we embarked on an oil mission to put history in a bottle. After all, the orchard has been the home to many of California’s original olives. Whether it is our old friends, our trees, the history in the air, or our artisanal approach, our ‘Original Lindsay Artisanal’ extra virgin olive oil has been introduced to the State with immediate accolades, Gold at the California State Fair, & Best of Show at the Fresno Fair.
WE SAY ‘OLA’ AND WELCOME YOU TO JOIN US WITH SOME HISTORY IN A BOTTLE!
Hi, I am a cofounder of Olivaia’s OLA, trained in & teacher of architecture, father to 2 amazing girls and Rachelle’s husband. Through design, I learned to appreciate history, science, & our environment, our olives on the other hand taught me that success demands the active engagement of all three. I oversee all growing related activities and ensure that our trees are thriving, and giving back with their history and fruit. Through my love of the olive from the family’s history in olives, or the help of more recent teachings, I have learned to forage the orchard for just the right blend olives for our award winning, California EVOO.
DR. RACHELLE BROSS
Hi, I am a cofounder of Olivaia's OLA, PhD trained dietitian, mother to 2 amazing girls and Giulio's wife. We craft an award winning, California EVOO that represents many of the things that I am passionate about - food, health, science, cooking and family. I have spent my career trying to help people live healthier lives by conducting research and publishing scientific articles on how what we eat affects our health. Now I actually grow a food that is healthful and that directly helps people to understand that eating well and eating healthy is the same thing.