May 8, 2012

Olive Oil Taste-Testing in Verona

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

Hi guys!! I’m back from Italy! Kevin and I just returned from 16 wonderful days in Italy. I woke up this morning and had no idea where I was. I dreamed in Italian last night. I instinctively said to the American cab-driver taking us home yesterday. All in all, I actually feel surprisingly well rested today, especially considering I got up at the ungodly hour of six this morning. But only because I’m still on Italy time, and it was one in the afternoon there, which is way more on par for the course for me. People who know me in real life are shaking their heads and nodding along. People who don’t know me in real life — I was totally just kidding about that last part. I don’t really sleep until noon everyday. Really. Anyway!

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

I am so excited to be partnering with Michael Angelos for the next couple of posts! We had this incredible opportunity to travel to Italy all thanks to the wonderful and sweet family at Michael Angelos, who make the Michael Angelos Frozen Italian Meals in the freezer section of your grocery store. They are so, so passionate about food and cooking, and using only the freshest, all natural ingredients in their meals, with absolutely no chemicals or preservatives, that they wanted to show us, and you guys, the orchards, vineyards, and farms where their ingredients come from. In Italy. Because they think Kevin and Amanda readers are awesome. And so do I!

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

Our first stop was the Redoro Olive Oil orchards in the hills just north of Verona. Redoro is another family run business that has a genuine love and passion for their product. They have produced extra virgin olive oil in this region since 1895. This is Daniele, the owner of Redoro with the Michael Angelos family, Mike (Michael Angelo himself!) and his mom Sara, the chef behind the Michael Angelos line.

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

We got to see for ourselves and walk up and down Redoro’s gorgeous, massive orchard in the rolling hills of Grezzana. Some of the trees were over 500 years old!

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

Redoro’s extra virgin olive oil is D.O.P. certified, a tribute to the love they have for their olives and their passion for producing only top quality extra virgin olive oil.

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

The certification recognizes and guarantees that their olive oil genuinely originates and is produced in this specific region.

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

I couldn’t stop snapping photos of Daniele talking about his olives. He was just so charismatic! :)

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

Our view from the orchard.

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

After soaking in the beauty of the fields, we stepped inside this lovely antique home on the property.

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

Loved this little secret picnic table!

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

The Redoro family truly opened up their home to us.

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

After our beautiful morning at the orchard, we stopped for a fabulous lunch at La Fornace in Grezzana. The chef here is working with Michael Angelos for a new dish to add to their line!

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

After lunch we got to go back to the Redoro factory and do some taste-testing. We also got to make our own bottle of Redoro olive oil! I put this little bottle on the conveyor belt and got to watch it being made from start to finish :)

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

Each bottle is personally inspected by hand, and then packed off for shipping.

Redoro Olive Oil Orchard and Vineyard in Verona Italy

Daniele and the Redoro family with the Michael Angelos family. It was truly an honor to spend the day with these two amazing families! They truly opened up their hearts to us and showed us their passions — serving their families and their customers only the best food possible.

Can’t wait to show you guys more :) Have a great Tuesday!



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30 Comments






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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 8, 2012 at 1:30 am

The pictures you were posting on Instagram are *the most beautiful* IG pics I have ever seen, and can’t wait to see more of them on your blog. Seriously I was just in awe with them, Amanda. So gorgeous and glad you were able to experience this trip and Italy!

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Lori May 8, 2012 at 2:02 am

Welcome Home! I’ve enjoyed your pictures so much while you’ve been in Italy, but I have to admit I’m so glad you’re home safe and sound, my friend. :)

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Pippa * Jeanne May 8, 2012 at 2:38 am

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO envious of you right now! =) This is beautiful, Amanda … can’t wait to see more!

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Michelle May 8, 2012 at 2:40 am

I have loved seeing your Instagram pictures
.my 7 yr old was interested too .can’t wait to read the
blog posts. I can only imagine how happy the puppies
were to see you :)

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Vintage Paper Designs May 8, 2012 at 4:02 am

Wonderful!
We also make our own olive oil here in Greece and even it is so common for me now, I still enjoy participating every year.
Photos are amazing. I am glad you enjoyed Europe.
Nika

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Dora Panariti May 8, 2012 at 4:40 am

You seem to have a great time there!!! Italians are so open that you feel at home from the first minute of your staying there, isn’t that true?! I have this feeling every time I am in Italy.

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Blog is the New Black May 8, 2012 at 4:59 am

So jealous!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 8, 2012 at 5:56 am

How amazing! It’s good to know that they take such care in their olive oil…and I absolutely love that it’s family run! I’m so glad that you and Kevin had a great time! I can’t wait to read/see more! :D Yay!

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Suzanne Shepherd May 8, 2012 at 7:38 am

Love, love, love the photo of the “secret” picnic table and also the one of the view of the orchard. So serenely beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Amanda. Glad you are safe home after a lovely trip.

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shelly (cookies and cups) May 8, 2012 at 7:38 am

What an amazing trip! Can’t wait to see all you posts :)

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Sally May 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

AMANDA! Your Italy photos (via Twitter/blog) are nothing short of amazing. Thank you so much for sharing them. They have been a bright spot in my day – always a brilliant jeweled surprise. Welcome home!

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Shaina May 8, 2012 at 7:57 am

So cool, Amanda. I’ve been following all your photos, and I can’t wait to see the whole trip. It looks like a wonderful experience with a great company.

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Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) May 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

What an amazing experience! I loved following your photos on Instagram and cannot wait to read the rest of these recaps.

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife May 8, 2012 at 8:10 am

What an amazing trip! I can’t wait to read more about it!

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Amy Y. May 8, 2012 at 8:14 am

I have loved the photos you’ve been posting throughout your trip. You and Kevin are so lucky to have had this opportunity! :) Can’t wait to see more…

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Teri Dingler May 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

It is breathtaking! Must go! Must see! Must taste the regional foods!

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Emilie May 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

I’ve been waiting for these updates, love it!!

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Melba/OutAThyme May 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

Amanda, I have enjoyed your journey to Italy through instagram. What a beautiful trip. The Angelos and Redoro families look like wonderful people, so happy and joyful and passionate about their products. I can’t wait to hear more! Melba

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Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet May 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

Beautiful pictures! Sounds like such a great trip!!! Would love to get to Italy someday!

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Jean May 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

How wonderful to get a “taste” of Italy, my grandson sings with a small group at
college and they leave the 17th for Italy……we are all so excited for him and all the
fabulous places he will visit…they sing at athe Vatican and many places most of us
can only dream of. So glad you shared this experience with us.

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Lauren May 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

I cannot get over how perfect and stunning Italy is!! SO gorgeous!

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Lynn May 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

What a fabulous opportunity! It looks like it was a wonderful trip, what a gorgeous place.

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love2dine May 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

excellent shot.. i love all your pictures.. have a wonderful trip.

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katie May 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

OMG–just stunning. I must tell you that thanks to all of your great photos on instagram it gave my husband and I the boost we needed to book our trip to Europe this fall. We will be in Venice 2 of the days and I’d love to make a pit stop in Verona to go to this olive oil vineyard! Great stuff–can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip!

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Teale May 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Gorgeous! I’ve been eagerly awaiting a recap of your trip! The Instagram pics you’ve posted have been amazing. Makes me want to go back to Italia!

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Cristiana Myers May 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Goodness, so absolutely beautiful, you are so blessed to be there!

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Maura May 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

These photos are amazing, what an experience! I really feel like I can see Daniele’s joy for life :)

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Aimee @ Simple Bites May 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

How many people can say they got to make their own olive oil. Amazing! Can’t wait to read more.

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Christina May 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Welcome home! I’m glad you had a safe trip!! Beautiful recap of your olive-oil tasting, Love it!!

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Brandy May 16, 2012 at 11:40 am

Just absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing all of the wonderful photos of your trip. I love seeing the beautiful places that Italy has to offer. What a great experience for you guys. :)

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