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The Olives

The Helwig Olive Oil Orchard, located on the Helwig Winery and Tasting Room property, is nestled along the picturesque Shenandoah Road. The orchard includes three varieties of olive trees: Leccino, Frantoio, and Pendolino.


Considered a high-production olive tree, it is used in most “Tuscan blends”. The leccino olive ripens early and is typically picked between mid-October and mid-November. The oil is sweet, fruity, and characterized by cinnamon-spice notes. Unlike some olive cultivars, the Leccino  is highly palatable when first pressed.


The Frantoio is also a high-production olive tree, as well as one of the world’s premier oil varieties. It is one of the main varities used in the classic “Tuscan blend”. The oil has a fruity character with floral notes of almond, green apple, fresh cut grass, and artichoke. It has a wonderful balance of fruitiness, bitterness, and pungency.


An early bearing tree with a long blooming season, it’s primary function is to pollinate the Leccino and Frantoio trees. It produces a high-quality oil with good balance and sweetness.

Olive Oil Products

All our olive oil products can be found and purchased in our Tasting Room at Helwig Winery.

Helwig Olive Oil

Our olives are harvested between mid-October and mid-November, combining the fruit of all three tree varieties. We use only estate olives, cold-pressed, and only the first run to ensure top-quality oil. We allow the oil to “settle” for three to four months in a dark and cool environment; then we hand bottle with care at our Helwig Winery facility.

Properly stored, unopened olive oil has a shelf life of about 18 months. Once opened, the oil must be stored in a cool, dark location in an air tight container, and can last from 6 to 12 months.

Our oil – with its grassy, balanced flavor – is best for salad dressings or finishing a dish of pasta, beans, vegetables, grilled fish or meat. It is a lovely oil to use for all your favorite recipes, however, some flavor of oil will diminish over high heat.

  • Helwig Olive Oil
  • Helwig Unfiltered Olive Oil

Helwig Olive Oil Products

Our products are made by hand from our estate olive oil and Helwig wines. We use only top-quality essential oils for fragrance purposes. Our soap products are rich in antioxidants and are “super-fatted” with grape seed oil to moisturize and protect skin.

  • Helwig Olive Oil & Wine Bar Soap
  • Helwig Olive Oil & Wine Liquid Soap
  • Helwig Olive Oil & Wine Foaming Liquid Soap
  • Helwig Olive Oil Lip Balm (tin)
  • Helwig Olive Oil Lip Balm (tube)