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Temecula Olive Oil Company

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Taste at one of four locations or get a behind-the-scenes tour at the company’s sustainable ranch

Temecula Olive Oil Company was founded by two friends, Catherine Pepe and Nancy Curry, who went into business together after Nancy’s husband, Thom, had the idea to start making olive oil. Thom now manages production for the company, which grows a mind-boggling 48 varieties of olives at its estate near Temecula, and other Southern California sites.

Temecula Olive Oil Company has tasting rooms in San Diego, Seal Beach, and Solana Beach, along with the original location in Old Town Temecula. Stroll in for free samples of the company’s extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars; there’s also a terrific selection of olives, flavored oils, spreads, and sea salts.

Two Saturdays a month, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s ranch, located 25 minutes from Old Town. You’ll start with a guided walk through scenic olive groves to learn about the company’s sustainable growing practices and olive oil production, then taste your way through Temecula Olive Oil Company’s offerings. In addition to its extra virgin oils, it makes two smoked olive oils, plus versions infused with fresh basil and jalapeños.

For a VIP experience, parties of 10 or more can book a day at the ranch, complete with a tour led by one of the company founders. It also includes a guided olive oil tasting and a specially prepared lunch that showcases Temecula Olive Oil Company products. 

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With its inviting destinations and uncrowded wilderness, this region feels like an insider’s secret amid the bustling excitement of Southern California.

Mount San Gorgonio—nicknamed “Old Grayback”—is the tallest peak in Southern California, at 11,502 feet/3,506 meters.

Surprising alpine scenery around Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear beckons, with pine-scented trails in summer and winter sports when the snow flies. If you’re into action, get the adrenaline rush of seeing the world’s best NASCAR racers compete at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. For a dreamier escape, float in a hot-air balloon above rolling Temecula Valley wine country. 

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