Tehama Trail2120 Loleta Ave, Corning
The Tehama Trail is a surprisingly fertile area, a prime place for farms and ranches. Many invite visitors to call in and buy fresh produce, artisanal olive oils and other local food products.
The trail links together nearly two dozen vineyards, orchards, grass-fed beef ranchers and other specialist meat producers. Hop onto the route at any point, but the driving tour technically begins in Corning, a town known for its olives. Call in at the iconic Olive Pit for samples of traditional olives or try more exotic options, such as herb and garlic cheese stuffed Sicilian olives. Head over to Lucero Olive Oil to sample artisanal olive oils and vinegars and shop for gifts.
Continue along the trail to sample and buy heirloom tomatoes, juice down your chin peaches and plums and berries as well as fresh pies and honeys. Pop into New Clairvaux Vineyard in tiny Vina, just south of Redding, where the Trappist monks invite you to sample their Barbera, Pinot Grigio and other varietals in a large tasting room in the monastery grounds.