We decided to create our farm as if it were a "factory" which can be utilIsed in a multitude of different ways. On the one hand, it can be considered as a farm in the strict sense of the word, which refers to the agricultural land and the countryside we own and in which we operate.
On the other, the farm can be described as a place of activity, a "factory" in the English sense of the word; meaning a production plant, a place in which a mill is located and where olives are transported and transformed into oil.
The farm can also be considered as a kind of "think tank"; a place for meetings and deliberation, the ideas from which are squeezed, distributed and shared in addition to the olives themselves.
Our countryside cultivated with olive trees, vines, legumes, cereals and other crops, are located in various localities of Salento, in Southern Puglia.
It is not a single corporate body, but the result of multiple funds and holdings located in the countryside of San Pietro in Lama, Lequile, Monteroni, Nardo, Copertino, Leverano - not by choice, but because it is the nature of the specific area in which we operate.
The company's corporate and operational headquarters are based in San Pietro in Lama, in Salento, South of Puglia, in the province of Lecce, on the border of the capital.
A solid family tradition, in the interest of continuity. With Francesco Caricato.
To provide an account of a family's history is always a complex process.
The year 1815 which we often refer to, is not a random date. It coincides with the need to hark back to our roots.
We looked into our predecessors and respective manufacturing activity, up to the exact year in which it all began: 1815.
It is the story of a family, ours and a combination of different surnames that have intertwined and succeeded each other. So, working backwards, between various degrees of kinship, we wanted to honour the memory of a family tradition.
In keeping with time-honoured customs, our main focus is to continue to respect the value of this fruit-bearing terrain. And, as did our predecessors, we consider it our pleasure and duty to preserve this tradition in the interest of continuity.
Born in 1971 in San Pietro in Lama, on the outskirts of Lecce, in Salento, South of Puglia, he is the founder and director of the Casa d'Olivo cultural center.
Oleologist and professional olive oil taster, he contributesto the magazines "Olio Officina Magazine" and "Oliocentrico". He is the owner of Caricato Factory and is the author (for the Olio Officina editions) of the volume "Tutto sull'olio": An essential guide to the knowledge and use of extra virgin oils at the dinner table and in the kitchen.