Sam Saltonstall first found a rolling 170-acre hillside estate in the area known as the Petaluma Gap in Sonoma County, California and planned a 10-acre olive orchard. After considerable research, Sam chose a variety known as Tuscan Frantoio for 65% of the plantings.
The Saltonstalls first needed to find the right location with the best climate to grow their olives. Warm days with cool nights create the most ideal growing conditions. This diurnal range of temperature insures the olives will mature slowly, giving them time to develop the antioxidants which the best olive oil medicinal products are known for.