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UC Davis Olive Center Olio Nuovo Festival

The UC Davis Olive Center in collaboration with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the tribe’s Séka Hills line of agriculture products have created the 2021 limited edition Olio Nuovo from UC Davis Wolfskill Experimental Orchard and the plantings at the blue hills tribal land in the Capay Valley.

In conjunction with this year's UC Davis Olive Center Olio Nuovo Festival, the Center is offering a short, in-person workshop on home gardening with olive trees at the beautiful Good Life Garden located the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science and with the sponsorship of Novavine Olive Nursery. Come and learn basics for growing and caring for olive trees in your landscape, and taste one of the freshest extra virgin olive oil we've ever produced! For the purchase of three or more Olio Nuovo bottles, you can take home an Olive Tree courtesy of Novavine.


Olio Nuovo Festival Activities:

Tasting and Sale of our Current Oil Selection with Shirley

Join the center’s Assistant Director and olive oil tasting specialist Shirley Li at the Downtown UC Davis Store to learn about our existing selection of olive oils from the Wolfskill Experimental Orchard. You will be able to taste our extra virgin olive oil (Gunrock or Wolfskill Reserve), and Roasted Garlic olive oil and learn about quality and oil characteristic first hand from our in-house connoisseur.  

This event is free and open to the public

Date and time: Saturday November 20, 2021 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Location: UC Davis Downtown Store, 630 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616


Self-Guided Olive Tour and Arboretum Walk

Pick up a map of the route from the UC Davis Downtown Store to the Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building, and enjoy a fantastic walk through one of the most beautiful gardens in Davis. In this route you will be able to see older olive trees and enjoy the different plant collections and gardens available at this Davis landmark. 

Date and time: Saturday November 20, 2021 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

Location: UC Davis Arboretum. Pick up a map at the UC Davis Downtown Store and enjoy the walk to our next event.  


Home Gardening with Olive Trees Workshop

Join the Olive Center Executive Director Javier Fernandez Salvador and Alexandra Devarenne from Novavine Olive Nursery on this short course directed at home gardeners. Learn the basics of caring and maintaining your olive trees at home.  

The class topic will include:

  • Choosing your site and location  
  • Variety selection for table and oil production
  • Planting and caring for young trees
  • Fertility management and irrigation
  • Shaping/Pruning and tree care
  • Pest management
  • Harvest

Registration: $5/person on this site. Due to COVID restrictions we are limiting the number of attendees.

Date and time: Saturday November 20, 2021 2:30 – 3:15 PM.

Class location: UC Davis Good Life Garden, 392 Old Davis Rd., Davis, CA 95616


Olio Nuovo Release, Tasting and Food Pairing

To conclude our Olio Nuovo Celebration come join the Olive Center staff and students at the Olive Center location to taste our limited-edition release combined with some surprise food parings and experience the way this olive delicacy should be consumed. 

This event is free and open to the public

Date and time: Saturday November 20, 2021 2:00 – 3:30 PM.

Location: The Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building, 392 Old Davis Rd., Davis, CA 95616

* Get a free olive tree when you purchase three bottles of 2021 UC Davis Olio Nuovo, thanks to our sponsor Novavine Olive Nursery. *


For more information, please contact: Shirley Li at spsli@ucdavis.edu.



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Nov 20, 2021

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Good Life Garden, 392 Old Davis Rd., Davis, CA 95616

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Saturday, November 20, 2021