|Niner Estates Tasting Room Entrance|
A person driving west on Highway 46 has a visual treat on the north side between the 101 Freeway and Vineyard Drive. So many wineries and vineyards to grab one's attention! From the east are the vineyards of Doce Robles, Summerwood, Tooth and Nail, Dark Star Cellars, Niner, Hunt Cellars, Zin Alley, Cipher, and Croad. And that's just the north side of the street. Each is unique, but Niner still manages to stand out because of how much space is not allotted just to grapes.
I didn't notice so many olive trees last time I was there, but they seemed to be everywhere on this visit. You can see several behind the wall in the photo to the left.
Below is the large one near the tasting room entrance.
Niner is growing four different varieties of olives for oil it uses in its restaurant. I have read they also plan to plant a vegetable garden for use in the restaurant. So it appears that the Niner intends to be more than just a producer of wine.
In the photo below, I have enlarged a portion of the tree so that you can see the olives getting ripe. You can click on any photo on this page to enlarge it for a closer look.
Here's a poster you can purchase showing how Heart Hill looks in autumn.