When we told our tour guide Gaetano (Sorrento House Tours) we wanted to do something different, he recommended we consider a visit to Frantoio Gargiulo especially since we were in the month of the pressing of the olives. He was on the mark with the suggestion. We had a wonderful time touring the grounds of the grove and the original house. Vittoria is so passionate and proud of her family's business that it was evident this was more than a "tour." We were never rushed and she shared with us not only the family history, pointing out the various stone buildings and what they originally housed. We walked the grove, and when she noted our interest in all the other fruits and herbs that are grown, she started to point them out and allowed us to pick and smell and try everything. We sat in the tasting room forever tasting oil blends and laughing with her. Noting our interest in cooking, she shared recipes for the many varieties of the oils. We felt so welcomed. As was shared by another reviewer, it was hard not to purchase a little bit of everything. We did and the shipment arrived shortly after our return home. They are all incredibly delicious and it makes every meal exquisite in taste. It's obvious that this business is a passion. We highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to do something different, to get away from the crowds of tourists and to anyone wanting to get a taste of the region's incredibly wonderful olive oil.
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