The oil of freedom

In 1912, Michele Iorio, a 16-year-old boy, left Castelcivita to seek his fortune in America. He will never see his family again. He worked hard in his new adopted land and helped his parents buy a small plot of only 20 olive trees. Thanks to those trees, the family produced enough oil to free itself from poverty. Those trees represent love. Those trees signify freedom.

Ventiolivi Mike-Yorio-During-WWI

The reunion

In 2012, exactly one century later, Michael, grandson and namesake of Michele, journeyed in reverse, from America to Castelcivita, to find his roots. He met his family and connected the circle. The olive trees are still there, alive and intact, nestled on the mountainside amongst the rocks and between the ruins. Magic begins.

Ventiolivi - l'incontro

Twenty Olive Trees

In 2022, Ventiolivi is born, an olive-oil company built on community roots that encourages family farmers to take care of their trees again by creating a local production chain that respects and values them. Customers, producers, and investors take part, all sharing together the same extra-virgin olive as their ancestors once did, oil that is an expression of this land.