This week I started on a journey that took me from the Napa Valley to Mendoza, Argentina.
My mission here is to observe, consult, and learn with the Argentinians in a reverse hemisphere olive oil harvest. This time of the year is when olive oil and wine production at LMR slows down, providing an ample opportunity for this experience. I hope to be able to offer my knowledge from oil production at LMR, while also learning new oil production techniques from the Argentinians.
Familia Zuccardi (or Zuccardi Family) is the company with which I will study over formy duration here. I plan on visiting other olive mills, but will primarily be involved with Familia Zuccardi. Their winery and olive mill is located 15 miles outside of Mendoza, Argentina.
The Zuccardi family has been making wine since the early 1950´s here, so their reputations is quite reknown. In 2004, they produced their first olive oil. Aside from making a extra virgin olive oil, the idea was to become sustainable and organic by using the "olive husk" (orujo) by-product as as an excellent source of nitrogen in their composting program. Sound familiar?
We here at Long Meadow Ranch have incorporated this very same sustainable and organic approach from the beginning. The parallels between our philosphies are a sign of the green revolution taking place globally.
For the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing these olive oil making experiences with everyone. Please stay tuned!
Posted by Jason Moulton