Set in the Napa Valley’s Rutherford district, famous for its high-end Cabernet Sauvignon, Round Pond Estate has a lot more going on than just wine. The property is planted not only with the vineyards that produce Round Pond’s signature Cab, but also to gardens, orchards, and more than 2,000 olive trees. The olive grove includes five Italian and three Spanish varieties, which are hand-harvested and pressed minutes later to produce two extra virgin olive oils and seven flavored oils.
Round Pond offers three olive oil tasting tours, along with signature experiences that combine the estate’s olive oil, culinary, and wine-making elements. Just want the basics? The Splash & Dash tasting is a no-appointment-necessary visit to the tasting bar to sample estate olive oils and red wine vinegars.
Opt for the Mill Tasting and you’ll learn the essentials of producing artisan olive oil, then taste Round Pond olive oils paired with small bites inspired by the estate gardens, as well as locally sourced meats and cheeses.
The Tour & Tasting begins with a guided stroll through the olive grove, where you’ll learn about cultivation, harvest, and artisanal production methods. After the tour, you’ll be treated to a guided tasting of the estate’s olive oils and vinegars, paired with seasonal nibbles.
If you like fine wine with your olive oil (and who doesn’t?), the Il Pranzo experience combines the best of both worlds: an estate garden tour followed by a tasting of Round Pond olive oils, vinegars, and estate wines.