Visiting the Oregon Olive Mill

Salem, OR

About thirty miles northwest of Salem is the Dundee Hills AVA, an American Viticultural Area (designated wine growing area). The area is 6,940 acres in total size, with 1,300 acres planted with grapes.  The soil is red in color, rich in iron, relatively infertile, making it suitable for grape cultivation.  In 2008, the Durant Winery began planting olive trees and opened the Oregon Olive Mill.  Since then they have planted over 13,000 trees and the first plantings are producing olives.  The mill is the largest commercial oil pressing facility in the northwest.

Oregon Olive Mill

Checking out an olive tree

Olives on the branch

Antique olive crusher

Young patron sampling the olive oil

Checking out the salts

After sampling some of the oils, we had to make a purchase of a couple of the tastiest.  While we both checked out the Oregon Olive Mill, in truth only one really enjoyed the facility.  The other member of this duo was smart enough to just keep his mouth shut and pretend to be interested.  Experience is certainly a great teacher.

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2 Responses to Visiting the Oregon Olive Mill

  1. Deb says:

    Oh, John. Be careful or you could find yourself crushed by that antique olive press! Any hoo, I have always wanted to see olives being pressed. To me it is inconceivable that they get much out of an olive. I would like to see massive pressing.

    What about the salts? Were they just a sideline, or are they in some way associated with the olives?

    The grapes, the cheese, the olives… what more could you want?

  2. Marsha says:

    The building looks lovely. Aren’t those trees cool? I never pictured an olive tree looking like that.
    I think I know which one likes it. Looks like she was enjoying herself. Hope your purchases will keep a smile on her face.
    I think it is time for a historical visit…what do you think John?

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