Artisanal French Roots
At La Tourangelle we are passionate about making high quality ingredients that are good for the table, community and planet. Through regenerative farming, artisan production methods and nature friendly packaging we want to empower people to cook like they care.
Our natural products are crafted locally in California and France using traditional practices. From sourcing the best quality ingredients to small batch production, our products are rooted in artisan know-how. We believe in making products that are authentic, delicious and sustainable, and in by doing so we can spread joy and well-being through food.
Loire Valley Roots
Originally, all along the Loire river, there were small artisan oil mills that roasted and extracted the oil from nuts gathered by local farmers. La Tourangelle is one of just a handful of these remaining mills that keep this tradition alive. Over the next century and a half, the company refined their production processes and adopted appropriate technologies that honored this artisanal beginning.
French Simplicity Meets California Living
In the early 1990's ownership passed to the Kohlmeyer family and La Tourangelle entered in a renaissance phase that saw its business expand internationally fueled by awards and a passion for promoting specialty oils. In 2002, the second eldest son, Matthieu, moved to California's Bay Area to recreate his family's French artisan oil mill. To replicate the century-old equipment, he had to have it custom-made, and his American staff was then trained by an oil-roasting artisan from France.
Artisan Roasting Experts
The new oil mill in Woodland, California produces oil from nuts grown in the fertile Central Valley of California. The highest quality nuts are selected, hand roasted in cast iron pots, mechanically pressed and lightly filtered. These elegant oils each have their own unique flavors. The cast iron pots used to roast the nuts came from the mill in France, and they are as critical to the process as the artisanal know-how. A great deal has occurred in the world since La Tourangelle first began handcrafting nut oils in France, but their traditional process has remained virtually the same.
Family-Owned, Globally Loved
Today, La Tourangelle remains a thriving family-owned business whose mastery of oil production is the fruit of passion, integrity, and pride. In addition to its own nut oils, La Tourangelle has established partnerships with a handpicked selection of like-minded high quality oil producers, chosen to bring you the best artisan oils from around the World.