Paul Manuel is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. In 1988, after decades working for his family’s construction business, he decided to plant a vineyard on property he owned with his wife, Kellye. The project turned out so well that he became a grower for Fetzer Vineyards, and spent 10 years providing grapes for the company’s wines. In 2004, he started making his own wine. Four years later, Manuel bought a 10-acre olive mill property in the Lake County town of Kelseyville, and built a 10,000-square foot winery on the estate.
Known today as Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill, the ranch includes more than 3,000 certified-organic olive trees, producing several varieties of olives. That fruit goes into six organic extra virgin olive oils, including single-variety offerings that showcase the flavor profile of each variety. Chacewater also makes Meyer lemon and blood orange flavored oils, milled with whole fruit and organic olives.
You can try all eight oils, along with Chacewater’s full lineup of wines, for free in the tasting room. Late April is an especially great time to stop by, because that’s when Chacewater hosts the annual Kelseyville Olive Festival, featuring local vendors of olive-related products and food, plus wine and beer tastings.