1912

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
2012

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 began.

Ventiolivi - l'incontro
2022

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 and restores regional hidden works of art. Customers, producers, and investors can take part. Together, Ventiolivi shares the same extra-virgin olive oil as our ancestors, while turning the spotlight on hidden regional masterpieces and restoring them back to life.

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