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.Leccino
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
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)