is a business venture born out of a 100-plus year history in Dimmit County, Texas. The dream of building an orchard began with a desire to pay homage to the L.R. Vasquez family and their decades of support to Asherton and its community.
In 2012, the dream of a Texas olive orchard was launched into reality. 1836 grows and produces a boutique olive oil from four varieties: Arbequina, Mission, Picual and Tosca.
We believe in the Texas olive industry. We believe in contributing to the Texas olive industry and in extending our family legacy in Texas.
Watch the orchard grow from dream to reality:
When you pour 1836, the aroma is so much more than just olive oil. It’s an experience.
This isn't an advertisement of any kind, but as a chef I've always felt obligated to share the reasons behind my success in the kitchen, and I feel it's necessary to also share brands and recipes as well to help other chefs and foodies grow as a community. It's very rare that I come across a brand that has me switching out my pantry, until I came across this olive oil, and it's from Texas! And I've been trying different brands for years. Usually the mark of a good olive oil is tested with just bread and balsamic, I like to do shots of olive oil on its own, and with this I can. Growing up Sicilian we use olive oil for everything, including topical for hands and face to keep skin young, and to keep hair strong and shiny. I've got this Texas brand in my hair, my hands, and my tummy!
You can literally taste the sunshine in the air, the love in the hands that picked the olives and the history in the soil, quite possibly this is the best olive oil I’ve ever tasted.
So, so happy that there is an olive oil producer in Texas that is obsessing over all of the right details, producing one of the most complicated olive oils I've ever tasted in America. Great job on that @1836oliveco. Proud to have y'all on the shelf at @revivalmarket.
Fine olive oil is and has been an essential pleasure in my life. I’ve spent a lot of time in Provence and have savored freshly milled olive oil from the likes of Domaine Richeaume at the foot of Mt. St. Victoire. I’ve gone out of my way to source other fine olive oils from France (historically among my favorites), as well as Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, California—even New Zealand. When I first tried Kerry Thornhill’s 100% Estate Grown “1836” Texas olive oil, I bought 6 bottles of it—not because I’m a Texan (if anything, I can be skeptical). I was that taken by it. Over several months, I’ve tried it against what I consider to be among the best in the world—in the world, mind you. While great olive oils have their unique flavor characteristics and “terroir”, Kerry’s “1836” olive oil has clearly earned its place on my table as a standout olive oil that can keep company on a world stage. If it were on the table of some of these other world class producers I’ve tried and admired, I think their eyebrows would gesture approvingly. Very well done, Kerry! Very well done!