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Striking Oil

McEvoy Ranch draws upon a deep connection to the environment—and a passion for building community—to create extraordinary olive oils.



Oil About It: McEvoy Ranch produces up to five different varieties of olive oil every year, along with other olive oil–based products.

Photo courtesy of McEvoy Ranch

McEvoy Ranch, a family-owned property in the gorgeous hills of western Marin County, is well known to olive oil connoisseurs the world over. The estate’s handcrafted oils are wondrous elixirs, and the love the McEvoy family has put into their creations comes through with every drop.

Established in 1991 by the late Nan Tucker McEvoy, granddaughter of San Francisco Chronicle founder M. H. de Young, the ranch embodies her passion for the environment and entrepreneurial spirit. She started the ranch to grow olives—the cultivation of wine grapes came years later—and over time, she and her team mastered the art of olive oil production. Her son, Nion McEvoy, chairman and CEO of Chronicle Books and a renowned patron of the arts, has served as CEO of the ranch since 2014, overseeing the expansion of the core product line and introducing on-site tastings and events.

Today, the ranch produces up to five different varieties of olive oil every year: the Extravirgin Traditional Blend; Olio Nuevo, a seasonal blend made from early-harvest olives; Lemon Olive Oil; and Jalapeño Olive Oil. Some years, it also offers a Limited Edition Olive Oil, a blend released in the late spring depending on that season’s harvest. Additionally, olive oil is used as the basis for ODE, a recently expanded line of natural body and skin care products sold in the ranch’s on-site shop, in its store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, through its website, and at various shops throughout the Bay Area.

“We’ve spent years refining our Tuscan-style oils, which are distinctively robust and pungent,” says General Manager Samantha Dorsey, who has been with the ranch since 2001. “Our oils are truly special because they are all estate-grown, certified organic, and milled right here within hours of the harvest.”

Earlier this year, McEvoy Ranch announced yet another innovation—the launch of the McEvoy Ranch Social Club. Members receive three annual shipments of wines and culinary offerings; they are also invited to special “chats” featuring notable speakers, artists, and performers.

“We are excited to share the McEvoy Ranch lifestyle with all our visitors,” Dorsey says. “And members of the Social Club get an extra-special look at what makes this place unique—including natural beauty, sustainable farming, artisanal traditions, and evocative thinking. We’re drawing inspiration from everywhere, while staying true to our mission.” mcevoyranch.com.

 

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