The North County producer grows about a dozen varieties of olives on more than 6,000 trees to create its award-winning oils
Hard to believe that it’s already been a decade since Paso Robles established a festival for its other famous fruit juice — olive oil. The Downtown Main Street Association’s Olive Festival is celebrating its 11th year in the park on Saturday, and one of the many local labels in the vendor lineup is Pasolivo.
Under new ownership by the Dirk family since 2012, Pasolivo’s olive oil is continuing to rack up awards. Most recently those have included back-to-back gold medals for its California Blend at the 2014 New York International Olive Oil Competition and at the 2014 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, where the Pasolivo signature blend also garnered a silver medal. Both events are considered among the most prestigious in the country, in part because domestic oils are pitted against oils from around the world.
The Mission (an olive considered unique to California) and Manzanillo (a Spanish olive) varietals that make up the California Blend are only two of about a dozen different olives that Pasolivo produces, explained general manager Cheryl Wieczorek. The rest are Tuscan varietals such as the Frantolo, Leccino, Lucca and Coratina that go into the Pasolivo blend.Pasolivo’s line of olive oils continues to impress,