Sciabica's Family History

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Sciabica's evolution in olive oil production: In 1936 we shoveled olive mash into bags to "squeeze" the oil out. Today, modern centrifuges "spin" the oil.

In 1887 Nicola (Nick) Sciabica was born in Marsala, Sicily. As a young man he learned the ancient art of producing olive oil in the mills of Castelvetrano in the province of Trapani, a very famous olive and olive oil production region on the island. In 1911 he immigrated to the United States. Nicola settled and started a family in Waterbury Connecticut. Still, Nicola long desired the Mediterranean climate, and was told that he would find what he was looking for in California. However, upon arrival in San Francisco he was met with a little disappointment, as it was summer time and he expected a bit warmer climate. He eventually came to Modesto, California in 1925 with his wife and their 3 sons, and he fell in love. Nick said, “This is like home.”

The Sciabica Family began farming a small grape vineyard in Modesto that year, not for wine, but to sell fresh for wine making. During prohibition, our customers were allowed to make a small amount of wine for personal use. It was there, with the knowledge that Nicola brought from olive oil making in Sicily, in 1936 that they began the production of Marsala® Brand Olive Oil (named after his birthplace) which is the undisputed oldest continuously produced California Olive Oil available today. The family still resides, farms and produces olive oil on the original land today.

Through the years, the efforts of Nicola, his children, grandchildren and great-granchildren have made the Sciabica Family's olive oil unmatched in quality and flavor. Joseph Sciabica, who headed the family operation for 74 years, would always say, “You can’t beat experience.”

In the late 80’s we began keeping olive varietals separate all the way to the bottle (just like wines). For over 30 years we have been offering our single varietal olive oils under the Sciabica's® label. More recently expanding our line to include Fresh Pressed Unfiltered olive oils and "Fresh Flavored" olive oils, which of course are made fresh in the presses by sending Lemons, Oranges, Jalapeños, Basil, Garlic, Rosemary, Limes or Habaneros with the olives through the presses. 2 ingredients, no artificials or heat infusion.

Today, Nicola's grandsons Nick and Daniel, and great-grandson Jonathan, carry on the Sciabica tradition of California olive oil production, the way Nicola did over 7 decades ago. We are committed to offering unique and exciting new products that live up to the quality and consistency that you have come to expect from the Sciabica Family.

All our 100% Extra Virgin California Olive Oils are unrefined and contain no imported olive oil, chemicals, artificial colorings or preservatives. They are a delight to experience. In fact, we're so confident that you'll enjoy our flavorful olive oils that we offer you an unconditional money-back guarantee. If you don't fall in love with our olive oil, we don't want you to pay for it. Period.

Keep in mind, when you purchase our California Olive Oils, you're getting the same premium olive oil that we use in our home. We think of it as being shipped from our family to yours.

To our entire family of customers - Thank you and may you live a Heart-Healthy life!

- The Sciabica Family Nick Sciabica & Sons


Three Sciabica generations: Daniel, Nick, Joseph and Jonathan Sciabica. After 70+ years, it's all about family.