Earlier 2017, we made our first trip to explore Italian extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil is a famous and normal products in western countries, however, it’s nutrition and benefits to the human beings is just discovered and appreciated by Asian consumers. If you make a trip to the rich land of Italy by car, for example, Tuscany, you will probably find lands of olive trees in that area, together with the grape yards. Yes, Tuscany is also the home of Italian olive oil (another famous olive tree production land in Italy is Puglia).
Vipiano is olive oil factory we visited and we are very glad to meet the owner & the olive oil expert there. Following him, we are firstly surprised by the modern and simple look of the factory which was renovated completed to be aligned with the regulation to all olive oil production plants in Italy in the past few years. All the old-fashion tool was now pulled out from the production line, but we are lucky to see the 100-year-old mill.
The Giannini family is the persons behind this beautiful extra virgin olive oil brand since 1300 and they have won many international awards, including Best Olive Oil. In their showroom, we’ve see their awarded special products as well as the standard line. Also, we’ve had a short introduction of the Italian olive oil history and industry update as well as to learn some small tricks of how to taste olive oil.
Opposite to the oil plant, there is a hidden “living-museum” where the owner preserves the historic olive oil mill system in his own living room. Walking around in the room was like entering into grandparent’s time and learning how the fresh collected olives would be pressed and transformed into green olive oil in the most traditional way.