Agricola Caricato, head office in San Pietro in Lama, operates
in the Salentina peninsula, a few kilometers away of Lecce, in
the southern part of Puglia. In that place Caricatos grow centuries-old
olive groves and mill olives, harvested by hand directly from
the trees, in their own traditional millstone and press mill.
Since 1815 Caricatos have been engaged in the art of getting
olive oil, dating back from the founder Luigi Guido who, together
with his sons and nephews devoted time and energy to succeed
in producing excellent, healthy and genuine oil.
Company’s range of business does not stop to extra virgin
olive oil, but it spreads from viticulture to production of
dry legumes and cereals.
Azienda Agricola Caricato also has a publishing activity, by
issuing a booklet “L’Aria dei Messapi”, in
which it is possible to read unpublished tests by present-day
narrators and poets, but also details on oil and unusual traditional
recipes, where extra virgin oil is the absolute and undisputed
Lastly, from October till January, punctually at each oil campaign,
Caricatos organize a road show called “L’Anima dell’Olio”
(The Oil Soul), whose purpose is that of getting families, and
children particularly, closer to production places so that they
can conceive the mill as a gathering place, a square, a Greek
agora and a sort of rural socialization place.