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Aug. 24, 2021

Olive Center’s New Director Begins Planning for The Future of California Olive Oil

Javier Fernandez-Salvador has plenty of plans for his new job including optimizing olive growing and harvesting for California’s changing climate.

Aug. 16, 2021

Meet the Producer Behind Turkey's Most-Awarded Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Bahar Alan started producing olive oil as a hobby but has since dedicated herself to cultivating local varieties to produce high-quality organic olive oil.

Aug. 4, 2021

Family Behind Organic Roots Adapts as California Drought Refuses to Break

The Polit family started out as rice farmers, but the state’s decades-long drought caused them to begin growing olives, which they continue to transform into award-winning oils.

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Jul. 29, 2021

Mavras Olive Oil Company Relies on Tradition, Terroir to Produce Quality EVOO

Despite the challenges posed by climate change and the volatile olive oil market, the producers behind Mavras believe quality is the key to success.

Jul. 9, 2021

Meet One of Spain’s Hobby Olive Growers

Representing less than one percent of all Spanish olive groves, non-commercial growers face a unique set of joys and challenges associated with oil production.

Jul. 7, 2021

Tragedy Inspires One Croatian Family to Grow Olives

After the death of their teenage son in 2003, the Deša family took up organic olive cultivation to work through their grief.

Mar. 19, 2021

A Focus on Design and Sustainability in Pursuit of Perfect EVOO

In the Umbrian hills, two families are working to preserve the ancient heritage of an endemic cultivar while embracing modernity with a new mill and tourism operation.

Mar. 5, 2021

Sustainable Tourism and High-Quality Production at Traldi Farm

At their farm in central Italy, Francesca Boni and Elisabetta Traldi deliver outstanding levels of quality while taking advantage of the region’s cultural importance and natural beauty.

Feb. 11, 2021

Catalan Producers Emphasize History and Sustainability in Tourism Initiative

The award-winning producers Mil & Un Verd are on a mission: preserve the historical structures and millennial olive trees of their estate while sustainably producing extra virgin olive oil from native varieties.

Feb. 2, 2021

History and Innovation Guide an Award-Winning Producer in Umbria

Through a fusion of historical influences and sustainable practices, Castello Monte Vibiano has achieved outstanding quality goals while preserving the local environment.

Dec. 28, 2020

California Farmer Learns to Adapt to Constant Change

Challenges created by the pandemic and climate change prompted an award-winning producer to go with the flow.

Dec. 1, 2020

Producers Transform Olives from Monumental Trees into Medicine on Crete

Along with producing award-winning extra virgin olive oil from their centuries-old trees, Eftihis Androulakis and Michalis Marakas are making inroads into the food supplement business. Their high-phenolic olive oils are being prescribed doctors in Belgium.

Oct. 12, 2020

The Mindful Production Behind an Award-Winning Greek Producer

For three generations the Gyftakis family has crafted extra virgin olive oil in one of the most fertile regions of Greece. Over time, they have learned to let nature take its course and attentively reap its rewards.

Jun. 25, 2019

Italian Producers Explain What It Takes to Succeed in a Tough Campaign

Harvesting at the right time, proper stewardship of the land, attention to details, teamwork, perseverance, and passion were all listed by award-winning Italian producers as the reasons for their success.

Apr. 24, 2019

At Brist, It's All in the Family

In the last of our four-part video series on Istrian producers, Brist is a family business where every member has a role.

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.

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.

Sep. 28, 2018

Masía El Altet: Valencia's Gold Standard

At nearly 3,000 ft above sea level in Valencia, Masía El Altet is placed at the turning point where the Mediterranean climate starts receiving continental influences.

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