Oregon’s Durant Olive Oil Is Worthy Alternative to Imports

Family-owned business cultivates value-added lineup of Greek and Italian varietals.

bottle of durant olive oil and platter of food

With more home cooks and chefs looking to localize their food purchases, Durant at Red Ridge Farms and their Durant Olive Mill provides consumers with a trustworthy supply of extra-virgin olive oil. Situated in the heart of Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley, the family-owned business has been farming since the 1970’s and producing the iconic EVOO since 2005. They have a strong commitment to sustainability, using only organic farming methods. The resulting clean tasting oils that are estate grown, milled and bottled have a growing audience.

With a weather pattern that occasionally includes sub-freezing temperatures and snow, Durant is always experimenting to find the hardiest varieties. They produce only the finest olives from their own groves, as well as carefully sourced from Northern California  growers. Popular varietals such as Koroneiki, Frantoio, Arbequina, Mission and Tuscan are commonly found online and onsite at their on-farm retail store.

The “Olioteca” (olive mill) is the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and is a popular destination for people looking for a deeper food experience. Tours, cooking events, tasting visits, and culinary events are a draw for people who want their olive oil fresh and locally made.

Durant olive oil has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including Gold and Silver awards at the 2020 New York International Olive Oil Competition. While the verdict may still be out on whether olives can be successfully grown in Oregon’s variable environment, consumers have a trustworthy supply of extra virgin olive oil….Oregon grown.

When you go: Plan ahead to allow time for tasting Durant’s estate produced wines, a visit to their chock-ful retail store, and leisurely al fresco tasting in one of their private cabanas.

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