Caricato Factory was created back in 1815, when the story of a family with different surnames intertwined and succeeded each other. In keeping with time-honoured customs, the main focus was to continue to respect the value of the fruit-bearing terrain.

Caricato’s countryside cultivated with olive trees, vines, legumes, cereals and other crops, are located in various localities of Salento, in Southern Puglia, making up a total of 45 hectares. 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, Nardò, Copertino, Leverano.

Francesco Caricato born in 1971 in San Pietro in Lama, on the outskirts of Lecce, in Salento, South of Puglia, is the owner of Caricato Factory.

Why “factory”?
Because it can be utilized in a multitude of different ways: it can be considered as a farm in the strict sense of the word, which refers to the agricultural land and the countryside; it can be described as a place of activity, a “factory” in the English sense of the word; meaning a production plant, 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.

TATANOSO EXTRA VIRGIN

Olive varieties: Frantoio, Nociara, Cellina di Nardò, Ogliarola di Lecce and Cornulara
Harvest: During the first days of october by hand with rods, combs and with the help of mechanical shakers. The olives collected are brought to the company mill for milling which takes place on the same day of harvest.
Certifications: Organic Agriculture (by ICEA)
Extraction: Cold
Region: San Pietro in Lama, Puglia
Color: Pale green with golden highlights, clear
Aroma: Medium intensity fruity aromas, strong nuances of green olives, hints of meadow grass and other fruits.
Flavors: Notes of green artichoke, good smoothness and harmonious always well-orchestrated bitter and pungent notes, introduced by an initial sweet flavour.
Suitable with bruschetta, pulse dishes, vegetable creams, rice salads, grilled fish, barbecued meat, fried fish and vegetables

LUCREZIO EXTRA VIRGIN

Olive varieties: Cellina di Nardò, Ogliarola di Lecce and Cornulara
Harvest: In November by hand with rods, combs and with the help of mechanical shakers. The olives collected are brought to the company mill for milling which takes place on the same day of harvest.
Certifications: Organic Agriculture (by ICEA)
Extraction: Cold
Region: San Pietro in Lama, Puglia
Color: Pale green with golden highlights, clear
Aroma: fruity with grassy notes; fresh and clean, with almondy and other nutty hints
Flavors: the impact is soft and well-rounded, sweet, opening out into well-orchestrated bitterness and pungency with vegetal artichoke flavours..
Suitable with green and seafood salads, with pasta, rice or legume-based dishes, as well as with steamed vegetables, grilled white meats and medium-aged cheeses.