It began back in the early 90s with two small girls in tow and "Under the Tuscan Sun" in hand. I loved what I was doing but it was not conducive to being the mother that I wanted to be so I left my career as a "big 8" CPA in San Francisco with cash flow and security and traded it for one of risk and not so much cash flow.
Our transition began in 1994, when I moved back home to the Napa Valley to raise my girls and find the inspiration to start the St. Helena Olive Oil Co. We have had challenges along the way but have always stayed true to our core values of living an authentic life with deep connection to our ourselves, others and our planet.
We have had many milestones over the years including the first in the U.S. to open the olive oil tasting room concept, production of orchard designated Napa Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the oldest Napa Valley red wine vinegar and my favorite, the production of the first true American sparkling wine vinegar made from a 10 year old Napa Valley sparkling wine.
Perhaps our greatest learnings came from the two year hiatus after the Tubbs Lane Fire. We took a step back, let the soils and our souls rest in the undying support of our SHOOC community and found the strength to begin again.
We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to return to what feeds us and look forward to sharing once again in this journey with you.
Peggy, Kaelin and Emily