Pietra Santa

Recently, Michael and I visited Pietra Santa, a vineyard and winery in the Hollister Hills, owned by the Blackburn family. Neither of us drink alcohol (I’m allergic to grapes), but we went there to pick up a bottle of their olive oil. I’ve tasted their organic virgin olive oil previously, and found it to be excellent, fruity with a strong peppery finish. The winery itself is very beautiful:

Photo by Michael Fink.

Pietra Santa grows grapes on 120 acres for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Dolcetto, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Photo by Jean Vengua.
It’s beautiful inside as well as outside.

Photo by J. Vengua.
The View from the Balcony.

Photo by Michael Fink.
The olive press. The major parts of the press are comprised of two granite stones.

Most olive farmers in this area send their olives south (usually to Modesto) to be pressed for them. Pietra Santa is different, because the owners have shipped in their own olive press. It’s an expensive process that involved bringing in two gigantic granite grinding stones, as well as expensive machinery.

Photo by J.Vengua.
Another view of the press.

Photo by Michael Fink.
Casks and the downstairs tasting room. You can see the upstairs tasting room through the windows above.

Photo by Michael Fink.
From the patio, you can see the vineyards in the foreground; in the middle distance, the hills are covered with olive trees.

Photo by J.Vengua.
View of another section of the vineyards.

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