Italy is very famous for the production of extra virgin olive oil. The production sites are usually located on the hills from where you can enjoy the scenery and take in the view of the Italian countryside during your visit.
The most exciting time of the year for a visit is during harvest, between the beginning of October and the beginning of December, when the olive oil mill is bustling with activity: producers bringing in large cases full of olives, presses and machines operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you are here at a different time of the year it is always possible to visit the plants and understand how extra virgin olive oil is made. Visits usually include a nice stroll in the olive grove where it will be possible to learn the story and secrets of olive trees. During the visit you will hear about all the steps of the production explained in details by your guide: olive washing, crushing, olive paste pressing, centrifugation, etc.
A tasting will then follow the tour of the olive oil mill. Professional extra virgin olive oil tasters drink it straight from a small cup but you can appreciate it sprinkled on slices of freshly baked Italian bread. Here are some of the Olive Oil Producers that we have worked with: