Our dedication when it comes to choosing the finest olives makes us true masters. We pay close attention to the raw materials, always harvesting at the right time. That’s how we create unique Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Find out about the history and origins of our liquid gold:
| 5000 BC |
In Persia and Mesopotamia.
| 1500 BC |
The Cretan civilization
Drove the exportation of olive oil to other Mediterranean countries, particularly Egypt.
| 800 BC |
In the Greek colonies
The cultivation of olives began to spread to the south of Italy, north Africa and the south of France.
| 400 BC |
Their extensive maritime commerce propelled olive growing to the countries of the eastern Mediterranean.
| 300 BC |
Olive oil and the olive branch were a central part of Greek culture. Oil was applied to Olympic athletes’ bodies and used to adorn their heads after a victory. In fact, athletes were also paid in olive oil.
| 100 BC |
Increased production of olive oil to the point that it was distributed throughout the entire Roman Empire.
| 100 AD -600 AD |
Olives and olive oil
Appeared in the holy books of all major religions. They are in both Testaments of the Bible as well as in the Koran.
| 1100 AD |
After a pronounced decline following the fall of the Roman Empire, olive groves flourished again in Italy. Olive farming had thrived in the eastern Mediterranean.
| 1850 AD |
To the New World brought olive farming to the United States.
| 1919 AD |
Popeye and Olive appear on screen for the first time.
| 2012 AD |
Since 2012, olive oil has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Olive Oil Around the World
The best Extra Virgin Olive Oils require the perfect combination that brings all the flavors and nuances together to create a work of art. To create something unique, we must go to the source – the heart of the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean is the perfect site to ripen our olives. For the best flavor notes, our trees cover large areas in Italy, Spain and Greece. Learn about the different varieties:
In Italy, the types of olives we grow are: Frantoio, Leccino, Cima di Bitonto, Carolea, Ogliarola We also work with these somewhat more intense and persistent varieties: Nocellara del Belice, Ogliarola Garganica, Tonda Iblea, Coratina, Frantoio, Moraiolo Those with the fruitiest and most balanced flavors are: Coratina, Ogliarola Barese, Frantoio, Leccino, Cima di Bitonto, Cima di Mola.
In Spain, we grow the following olives: Ripe Picual (bitter eucalyptus taste to pronounced unpleasant ripe Picual taste), ripe Hojiblanca, ripe Arbequina, ripe Arbosana We also work with these somewhat more intense and persistent varieties: Hojiblanca, Cornicabra and very early cropped Picual, Picudo, Verdeal, Arbequina. Those with the fruitiest and most balanced flavors are: Early cropped Arbequina, Manzanilla, medium harvested Cornicabra, Picual, Arbosana.
In Greece, we grow the following olives: Ripe Koroneiki and Tsunati We also work with these somewhat more intense and persistent varieties: Early cropped Koroneiki and Mastoidis, Athinolia Those with the fruitiest and most balanced flavors are: Green Koroneiki and Tsunati.
High-quality oil can only be obtained by selecting the ideal variety. At Carapelli, we take great care in our work with high-quality varieties. Learn about each type of olive here:
This olive variety creates a very delicate, lightly fruity and sweet oil. Depending on when it is harvested, its flavor can vary and may produce some green notes on the palate.
This variety stands out for its bitterness and slight astringency, which allow it to produce an oil with an incredible green aroma and peppery finish.
Widely appreciated above all for its light and sweet flavor at first taste. It goes perfectly with the bitterness and pleasant spicy flavor of unripe fruit. Finally, it leaves an almond aftertaste.
This is one of the most complex and aromatic varieties. It is picked every year but its characteristic fig taste only comes out when the fruit ripens. It has a slightly bitter taste with a spicy finish.