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Alta Cresta Orchard & Inn
(Paso Robles,CA)Alta Cresta Orchard specializes in producing 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil grown on our estate, under the California Sun, that is strong in flavor and high in polyphenols exclusively from Italian olive varietals. Our olive oil undergoes the rigorous testing of the California Olive Oil Council so we can provide our customers with assurance that our olive oils meet the high standards of this organization and is in fact 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Coratina, Frantoio, Leccino, and Pendolino Olives are the Italian varietal olives used to make Alta Cresta's classic Italian style Extra Virgin Olive Oil blends. Our olive oil is made exclusively from estate grown olives. Our olive orchard is located on a high ridge in Paso Robles Wine Country, overlooking the Templeton Gap. The olive orchard location was selected for its classic Mediterranean climate and local terroir. The climate and soil of the Paso Robles area is exceptionally well suited for Italian varietal olives. Olive trees are native to areas with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters and prefer alkaline soil conditions, growing particularly well in limestone soils where the water is retained deeply. Alta Cresta Orchard is concerned about the environment and is committed to sustainable farming practices. 95% of all the energy consumed on the property is generated by an 8kW Solar-Electric System. The orchard is watered at night by an automatic drip irrigation system optimized to achieve high levels of water-soil absorption with minimal evaporation. It is our belief that the olive trees will produce the highest quality fruit by cultivating them without the aid of chemical fertilizers. All of the orchard tree trimmings and green wastes are returned to the soil to replenish its nutrients.
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