Fattoria Muia came into being when we bought our dream home in Carmel Valley, California in 1998. Shortly thereafter, we were considering what to do with this amazing land. The idea of growing grapes, to produce wine, was one option but the idea of growing olive trees to produce oil seemed much more appealing. Soon the trees were soon planted, a drip system was installed and we were on our way to discover something we’ve never done before.
As the trees matured, we attended classes at UC Davis to learn how to produce olive oil, growing techniques as well as taste evaluation. We also visited Greece and Italy to continue the learning process and eventually, we joined the California Olive Oil Council.
Our small production began with 103 trees, in varieties of Italian, Greek and French, which continually produces the highest quality of oil. Currently, the Fattoria Muia property consists of 85 trees.
In 2009 we expanded our product line to include Flavored Balsamic, Flavored Mustard and Unusual Jams and expanded our label, AMIDON & d’AILLY to include Charlotte’s French heritage. In 2011 a cookbook, “DISHING IT OUT”, with recipes that work was published. In 2013 French fruit trees, the rare Australian Fingerlime trees from the rain forest, Yuzu lemon & Pink Pearl pink apple trees were planted. In 2014 our daughter, Tina, started making and producing products for the home, pet and spa.
In 2013, Fattoria Muia became a finalist and winner in the Good Food Awards contest. We were very proud of our efforts to be recognized by such a prestigious award.
Carl and I joined the American Institute of America and the Knights of the Vine. Carl took several professional culinary classes from the Culinary Institute of America in Rutherford, Ca. and classes from l’Auberge in Carmel. Charlotte became a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and took cooking classes at l’Auberge in Carmel from Executive Chef Justin Cogley and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza.
We consider our home a piece of paradise in a beautiful area. We hope to continue our California adventure and so far we love every minute of it!