Thanks to its size, geographic diversity, and the fact that it’s remained intact, the ranch is a haven to a wide variety of California wildlife. Deer, wild boar, bear, and the occasional mountain lion roam throughout the property. Even Tule elk find their way to the ranch’s water troughs. Honeybees flock to the indigenous wildflowers that blanket the property, including wild buckwheat, blue curl, and sage.

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Throughout the years, the ranch was operated by various cattle partnerships and individuals. The Cowell Foundation owned it for 55 years. The family’s patriarch, Henry Cowell, had extensive holdings in San Francisco as well as several ranches throughout California. In 1996, La Panza Ranch was sold to Robert Petersen of Petersen Publishing in Los Angeles. He used the ranch for hunting and entertaining his race car driver friends and other celebrities.

Then in 2003, Mike Leprino spotted the potential of La Panza Ranch’s acres of mountains, drainages, farmland, and favorable climate, so he and his daughters purchased it and set out on a years-long quest to produce the freshest extra virgin olive oil in California, if not the world.

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