Long Meadow Ranch
This past April we had the wonderful opportunity to do the Long Meadow Ranch – Ranch Adventure Tour. I had been eyeing this for over a year, and when my sister came to visit we finally did the tour. I love their restaurant, Farmstead, so seeing where they raise their chickens and cattle, and how they make their wine and olive oil was awesome.
We started at the Logan Ives house, situated right next to Farmstead. Welcomed with pastry and coffee, we got to chat with our tour guide a bit. Then our guide took us up in the Mayacamas Mountains, on the west side of the Napa Valley, to the farm property, which has an amazing view of the Napa Valley. We learned about the history of the property, originally given to an army general who planted vineyards, olive groves, and farmed the land.
The winery and cellar caves are located in a rammed earth building, allowing the building to stay cool and humid just by being in the ground. We learned the temperature of the building is the same as the Pacific Ocean, also common cellar temperature. This is the method used in France to keep the cellars cool.
The olive oil is also made on the property, with an olive press imported from Italy. Nothing goes to waste. The combination of vineyard and olive waste complement each other when composted, some of the olive wasted from making oil is also picked up by a local soap company to make olive soap.
Vineyards and olive groves not only complement one another in regards to composting, it also helps provide a longer working season for the employees. Just when crush season comes to an end, it’s time to harvest the olives and make the oil.
Our guide continued to drive us around the property, pointing out horses, cattle, chickens, olive groves, and vineyards in various locations on the property, all the while explaining the history of Long Meadow Ranch.
Upon returning to the Logan Ives house we were seated for lunch, which also included olive oil and wine tasting. A different wine was paired with each course. We tasted the olive oils on their own, then enjoyed them in the seasonal dishes prepared by the Farmstead chef.
This tour and tasting is an awesome experience. It is a bit pricey, but considering you get breakfast, lunch, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, and practically a two or more hour personal tour of private farmland it’s worth the price.
If the full farm tour is not in the budget I highly recommend a wine tasting at the Logan Ives House and a meal at Farmstead.
Long Meadow Ranch
738 Main Street
St. Helena, CA