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About Bella Vista Ranch

Jack Dougherty

In 1996 Jack Dougherty, who grew up in the orchards of Santa Clara valley and later had a career working as an executive in the computer industry, purchased the ranch. Today it has become an agricultural destination spot.

 

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Olive Oil

fresh olive oils

We offer estate and blended fresh olive oils as well as infused olive oils and dipping oils. We produce a limited number of bottles of our oils each year so be sure to get a bottle or a few while our supplies last.


Olive Oils

Tours

Olive Orchard Tours

Please visit the Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley for a tour of our facilities, the orchards and tastings of our products. Please check the available hours before your visit because our hours change occasionally.

 

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Texas Olive Trees Make Homegrown Extra Virgin Olive Oils

If you don’t immediately think of olive trees and vineyards when you think of Texas ranches, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, we’re fairly sure cattle and possibly oil fields would be the first things mentioned. But at The Bella Vista Ranch, we enjoy being extraordinary—and bringing you the finest fresh-pressed domestic extra virgin olive oil that we possibly can.

 

Planting the Seed of Texas Olive Trees

The seed of The Bella Vista Ranch, so to speak, was planted when Jack Dougherty bought it, dilapidated and untouched, to bring it back to life as a working ranch. At once, Jack realized the untapped potential of the Texas Hill Country; with weather and soil similar to the Mediterranean, Jack knew that The Bella Vista had a future in Texas olives. Thus, The First Texas Olive Oil Company was born from the fruits of that delicious dream.

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oils Fresh Pressed and Other Fresh Foods

The First Texas Olive Oil Company harvests its crop by hand from trees that were planted on The Bella Vista Ranch in 1998. Our amazing olive pressing facility, or our “frantoio,” opened a few short years later, allowing us to press fresh olive oil every year. If you have never experienced fresh pressed olive oil, you need to! Join our mailing list by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that you can be alerted to our upcoming tastings.

 

Award Winning Olive Oil

Our 2013 Estate Grown Coratina Olive Oil was awarded a Gold Medal at the New York International Olive Oil Competition. It is the first Texan olive oil to ever win a medal in the event.

 

Texas Olives Aren’t Our Only Crop

While The First Texas Olive Oil Company focuses on providing you with the finest fresh-pressed oils, The Bella Vista Ranch has become the home to much more elaborate agricultural undertakings. Having grown up in the Santa Clara valley, Jack Dougherty knew that, if he could, he would want more than just olives to press. As the rules in Texas have changed, so has Bella Vista Ranch’s crops—and we are so pleased to introduce Bella Vista Cellars to you! Our winery produces Italian varietals, in keeping with our Mediterranean theme.

Whatever we do, we do with passion and a commitment to fresh products grown right here in Texas. Come visit us at The Bella Vista Ranch to see (and taste) the difference.

Our Address

First Texas Olive Oil Company
3101 Mt. Sharp Rd.
Wimberley, TX 78676



Contact Us

oliveguy@bvranch.com
Phone: 512-847-6514

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