Durant, home to the Durant Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room and Oregon’s only commercial olive mill, has announced the return of its popular Olio Nuovo Festival, which will take place throughout the month of November. The festivities, which will showcase the award-winning Durant Olive Mill extra virgin olive oil, will include Feast Olio – an elevated tasting, tour, and farm-to-table communal meal; a seated Olio Festa Wine and Olive Oil Tasting on the weekends in the newly built Tasting Pavilion; and an upgraded Club Exclusive Olio Happy Hour event.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm, the newly built Durant Vineyards Tasting Pavilion will be transformed into the Olio Nuovo Food and Wine Pavilion, where guests will enjoy live music, Durant Vineyards wine by the glass and bottle, Summon Coffee and an assortment of food trucks. Visitors will also enjoy shopping at the Nursery, Farm Shop, and Holiday Marketplace for natural greens and wreaths, holiday décor and gift boxes, olive oil, culinary goods, local art, and pottery.
“We always look forward to our annual Olio Nuovo Festival, and this year, we’re even more excited because we’ll be showing off our new state-of-the-art Italian olive mill, while offering several new events,” said owner Paul Durant. “As Oregon's sole commercial olive mill, we're thrilled to offer an inside look into the creation of our award-winning extra virgin olive oil. Additionally, it's a privilege for us to highlight and celebrate fellow culinary artisans across Oregon wine country and the surrounding region.”
The Annual Olio Nuovo Festival takes place from November 1 - 30, 2023, and will feature:
Club Exclusive Olio Happy Hour (new) - October 21 from 3-5 pm at the Durant Olive Mill; (Club Members Only; limited tickets available): The Club Exclusive Happy Hour Event will celebrate the 2023 olive harvest with the release of Durant’s limited edition Maurino Extra Virgin Olive Oil and first ever Blanc de Blancs. The Durant Culinary Directors have composed an eclectic caviar-focused small bites menu showcasing sturgeon caviar, smoked trout roe, and Asian tobiko to pair with the 2018 Blanc de Blancs and 2021 50th Anniversary Bishop Pinot Noir. Look forward to tours of the newly equipped mill plus mingling with fellow Club Members and Durant staff. Club members should email [email protected] for a private registration link.
Feast Olio in the Durant Olive Mill (new) - Every Saturday in November at 11 am; Limited Seating and Reservations Recommended; tickets are $175 per person: This is an elevated and immersive celebration of this season’s olive harvest. Guests will tour the newly equipped olive mill while sipping on Durant’s first-ever release of Blanc de Blancs, then enjoy a communal feast that features Durant Vineyard wines and the season’s Olio Nuovo (freshly pressed olive oils) paired with a farm-to-table meal prepared by Durant’s resident chefs, Eric Bartle and Sara Kundelius. Book the experience here.
Durant Olive Mill Tours - Daily (tours are complimentary, space is limited, advance reservations are required): Experience the only Olioteca in Oregon: Durant Olive Mill. This daily guided tour offers a succinct history of the farm, an exploration into growing olives in the Northwest, and a guided look at the process of making award-winning extra virgin olive oil. Reservations are available for parties of 1 up to 25. Book the experience here.
Monday – Friday: 11 am
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm
Olio Festa Wine & Olive Oil Tasting (new) at the Durant Vineyards Tasting Room; Every Saturday & Sunday in November at 11 am; Reservations only (tickets are $65 per person): An opportunity to do a seated tasting during our ever popular Olio Nuovo Festival. This experience allows you to enjoy two of Durant’s premier products at once: Durant Vineyards estate grown and crafted wines alongside Durant olive oils during a communal “European-style” tasting. A classic French baguette will be served to enhance the tasting. Seatings are limited. Book the experience here.
Olio Nuovo Holiday Marketplace in the Farm Shop - Every Saturday & Sunday in November, 10 am – 4 pm (free admission): Join us for shopping each weekend at our Holiday Marketplace to experience some of the area’s top artists, makers, and fine food producers alongside the Durant Farm Shop’s olive oil, wine, culinary goods, gift boxes, art, cookbooks, houseplants, holiday décor, and so much more!
Olio Nuovo Tasting Bar at the Durant at Red Ridge Farms Gift Shop; Daily 10 am – 4 pm, (free admission, no reservations required): A self-guided exploration of the distinct flavors of freshly milled extra virgin olive oil. Try each olive variety, side-by-side, exploring the unique flavor characteristics found in the various olive cultivars. Get cooking and pairing advice from our team of educated team members and shop our selection of olio nuovo EVOO – from small gift bottles to full gallon sizes.
Olio Nuovo Food & Wine Pavilion (Durant Vineyards Tasting Pavilion) - Every Saturday & Sunday in November from 10 am – 4 pm (free admission). Enjoy live music, Durant Vineyards wine by the glass and bottle, Summon Coffee and an assortment of food trucks in the newly built and heated Tasting Pavilion.
Founded in 1973 in scenic Dayton, Ore., Durant includes Durant Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, charming accommodations at the two-bedroom Stonycrest Cottage, and Oregon’s only commercial olive mill, Durant Olive Mill. As pioneers in Oregon's wine-making industry, the Durant family has become renowned for their Pinot Noir, Brut, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. In 2008, Durant founded Durant Olive Mill, consisting of 17 acres of olive trees and a state-of-the-art Italian olive mill. Durant Olive Mill is the premier purveyor of Oregon milled extra virgin olive oil and home to the annual Olio Nuovo Festival. Year-round, visitors are invited to stroll the grounds to see the beautiful gardens, koi pond, peruse the artful garden pottery for sale and admire the fragrant plantings of rosemary, lavender and other herbs. For more information or to purchase Durant goods online, visit: durantoregon.com/.