Producer Profiles

Dec. 5, 2019

Stewardship and Excellence at García de la Cruz

Five generations of the García de la Cruz family have a hand in their award-winning brand from La Mancha.

Dec. 4, 2019

Corsica Producer Fears Mediterranean Culture Under Threat

Producers in Corsica are at the mercy of policy measures to contain Xylella fastidiosa on the island. Some fear these new policies are damaging the island's olive-producing culture.

Nov. 21, 2019

In La Mancha, 788 'Families' United in Quality

Forty years ago, a few dozen farmers in La Mancha started the cooperative of Valedepeñas. Today, Colival's 788 associates are looking to the future.

Nov. 7, 2019

Frescobaldi: Quality Evolves Along the History of a Tuscan Family

The Frescobaldi company has seven hundred years of history but its vision of quality is fresh as ever.

Oct. 21, 2019

Pruneti: Quality Craftsmen in the Heart of Chianti

In a rural stretch of Tuscany, dominated by vineyards and olive trees, Gionni and Paolo Pruneti combine centuries of agricultural know-how with the latest milling technology to produce extra virgin olive oils on the land of their ancestors.

Sep. 10, 2019

The Give and Take of French Cultivars

Local olive varieties in France are known for their sensory qualities, if not for their yields.

Apr. 23, 2019

In Slovenia, "The Tree Needs to Look Beautiful."

"A vine is like a lover," Miha Jakovcic says. "If you neglect it, even a little, it won’t forgive you. An olive tree, however, is like a mother. You can always come back to her,"

Apr. 10, 2019

Old Ways Endure at Award-Winning Farm in Slovenia

Timor’s six olive groves are small and disperse, each containing just a few dozen trees. The rugged terrain makes it necessary to do everything by hand, which the husband and wife team do well enough to earn the industry's highest award.

Apr. 2, 2019

In Slovenia, Hard Work and Keeping it Simple

Franc Morgan planted his first trees thirty years ago on his farm in Grintovec. Going organic was the plan from the beginning and he became one of the first organic olive oil producers in Slovenia.

Jan. 16, 2019

Herzegovian Farmer Looks to Keep Momentum After New York Win

The Skegro Family Winery is paving the way for high-quality extra virgin olive oil production in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Nov. 30, 2018

Bona Furtuna: From a Journey of Hope to a Vision for Development

The amazing story of an extra virgin olive oil from Sicily.

Nov. 1, 2018

Florida Farmers Lay the Foundation for a Growing South East Industry

River Run Olive Oil Company is planting new groves in Florida armed with a keen attention to agricultural details and advice from colleagues from across the country.

Oct. 31, 2018

Global Gardens Founder Sees Olive Tree as Keystone of California Permaculture

Long-time producer and certified sommelier Theo Stephan looks to bring her love for olive oil and the environment full circle.

Apr. 5, 2018

The Gethsemane and Its Sacred Olive Oil

In Jerusalem last Thursday, like every year, the extra virgin olive oil produced from the olive trees of Gethsemane was blessed at the Holy Sepulcher.

Mar. 27, 2018

A New Generation Leads Laconiko to Excellence

The Pierrakos family has lifted a farm in Greece from a workaday livelihood to an inspired enterprise that produces award-winning oils infused with their vision, passion and purpose

Mar. 12, 2018

Revolution, Hope and Tunisian Olive Oil

Raouf Ellouze and Karim Fitouri were drawn back to Tunisia at times of political upheaval and change. Now, they want to help Tunisia become known for world-class olive oil.

Feb. 27, 2018

Tunisia: Window on a Traditional Olive World

There are scant funds to assist Tunisia's rural farmers' transition to a more efficient, high-quality production. Some locals say that's just fine with them, while others look to a more prosperous future,

Feb. 26, 2018

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Makes You Happy

Listening to the stories of those who have joined the growing ranks of high-quality producers, I realized that achievement of their objectives often corresponds to a self-realization.

Jan. 24, 2018

ABC News Explores Effects of Climate Change on Italian Olive Oil Production

ABC news chief meteorologist Ginger Zee traveled with her crew through Italy to talk about climate change with producers and scientists during the 2016 harvest.

Dec. 28, 2017

Award-Winning Producer Credits His Team of 'Harvest Experts'

For two months a team of 150 people harvest the olives at Cortijo Virgen de los Milagros, like their parents and grandparents did. "The mill is only the extractor," says Luis Montabes. "Quality is born in the fields."

Dec. 27, 2017

NY Pizza Maker Revisits His Italian Roots

Salvatore Polizzi took a break from his Bushwick Pizzeria to reconnect with his family's olive farm and revive traditions.

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