Who We Are
So Olive is an independent olive oil store located in Historic Occoquan, Virginia. Our commitment is to provide the best extra virgin olive oils all year round.
To ensure we have the freshest products, we apply a dual hemisphere approach to sourcing premium, extra virgin grade olive oils. This means that one half of the year we provide extra virgin olives oils from the Northern Hemisphere, and the other half of the year we provide extra virgin olive oils from the Southern Hemisphere. All of our olive oils can be traced back to the original producer, thereby we are able to provide harvest dates, country of origin, and chemical testing results of all of our ultra premium olive oils.
How We Work
In our retail shop, you are encouraged to sample all of our oils and vinegar and learn how to identify good quality, healthy olive oil compared to low quality olive oil, as well as the many uses and flavor combinations you may enjoy.
Ultra Premium (UP) is a new category of olive oil reserved for the highest quality olive oils in the world. It was created to differentiate high quality extra virgin olive oils from gourmet, premium labeled olive oils and mass produced store brands. The UP standard involves strict requirements for fruit quality, production process, and the end-product. Therefore, the ‘when’, ‘what’, and ‘how’ the oil is made becomes more of a substantial factor than the pretense of ‘where’ the olive oil was made.
The UP standard exceeds all European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, North American, Californian, or other standards for extra virgin grade olive oil. In order to qualify for the UP grade, the extra virgin olive oil must meet or exceed a comprehensive set of production, storage, transportation, testing, chemistry, and organoleptic requirements. The UP standard also rewards farmers for producing high quality oil and promotes Fair Trade practices by creating a demand for a higher quality product.