We met Francesca and Diego at another restaurant.They were a delightful couple and invited us to take a tour of their museum of olive oil.This shows how olive oil was originally pressed and produced with ancient tools.Francesca now runs the family business which was started by her grandmother.She is passionate about olive oil and we were taken through a very interesting talk on the production.We then progressed to learning how to taste and evaluate the types of oil and what is required to be rated as extra virgin.It was an extremely interesting visit.She also produces Multipulciano wine which we can vouch for as very good!
Don't miss the opportunity to experience award winning olive oil and walk amongst a genuine historical mill and press set in a beautifully restructured cantina. Francesca, your host, shares her family's knowledge and passion as olive oil producers and is the highlight of this tour. A true sensory delight.
Today we paid a special visit to the CantinArte Museo Dell ‘Olio (Museum of Oil) not far from our home away from home in the village of Bucchianico (CH). Once again, we find another Abruzzo gem. Curator Francesca took us on a journey of discovery to the world of ancient and current olive oil production. Her knowledge is deep, her passion is deeper. One of the most special items of interest is learning how to taste and identify good and no so good olive oil. We learned the techniques used to differentiate between different oils, techniques best learned in person. The entire production process was revealed along with the many different varieties of olives available. Francesca is the princess of olive oil for us and we recommend anyone interested in the soul of Abruzzo to pay her a visit. We will not spoil the surprises to be found, but we will say that we will be returning many times to experience more to the world of olive oil production.
This place exudes history and love for olive oil. It is so well preserved and tells the glorious history of a proud tradition of olive oil making that had been in owner Francesca's family for generations. I took my 10 year old daughter and we learned so much on the tour... Just fantastic! Find this place and go there. You will not regret it!
Cantinarte is located in the picturesque village of Bucchianico in the gorgeous region of Abruzzo. The museum is very interesting and authentic. The ancient olive crusher and olive press are impressive in terms of their condition and presentation. In fact, the entire museum is quite well done. The best part is Francesca, a delightful woman who is passionate about olive oil and does a terrific job describing the process of olive oil making from start to finish. She led us through a sampling of oils, helping us to distinguish the characteristics of fresh, high-quality olive oil. My wife and I greatly enjoyed and appreciated the experience.
I was on a cooking tour through Abruzzo, and we stopped to see Francesca at Museo dell’Olio di Cantinarte. She provided us with details of the history of her family and the Olive Oil business. We sampled several different oils and Francesca provided us with knowledge on how to buy and use olive oil as well as a family recipe for Artichoke Carpaccio.
As a culinary guide in Abruzzo (Italy) I visited Cantinarte olive oil mill several times, it is a special place where visitors can learn a lot about oil and experience a professional tasting with lovely Francesca. She is able to get anyone involved and provide information on oil production and appreciation, the mill is beautifully restored and well maintained. Visiting Cantinarte is like diving into old times, a unique experience worth living when visiting Abruzzo.
I have lived in Italy for 30+ years and use olive oil daily but I still learned a great deal from this very interesting oil tasting afternoon. Francesca is a delightful hostess and, if you are in Abruzzo, I would recommend a visit to the Cantinarte. You will come out much wiser and can then enjoy a trip around Bucchianico, a truly lovely little town.
I have lived in Italy for 20 years but just recently discovered Cantinarte... I took some Scottish friends and our 8-year-old children and we had a fantastic morning and lots of fun.. not to mention some delicious food and oil and wine tasting at the end. The frantoio oil mill is a magical place, restored to an outstanding level... and also given some special touches and colourful flourishes of contemporary local culture. I have visited lots of similar places over the years in Italy, but this one is different...it has personality, it has charisma, it is warm and welcoming... in other words, just like Francesca's warm, radiant personality. It was created as place not just to be looked at but to be experienced. I loved it. As Francesca takes you round the mill/museum, you can tell this is something she is passionate about, and her enthusiasm starts to grab you too.. even the 8-year old girls were enthralled, and loved joining in and answering questions as Francesca made them a part of the tour. After the tour, you are invited to join in a lesson about how to recognize the distinctive traits of a good olive oil. Among much laughter and hilarity (8-year-olds included!) we did actually learn a lot about olive oil, I was amazed (again after living in Italy for 20 years!). And the fun didn't stop there. Francesca then surprised us with an amazing, wholesome, homemade spread...to be washed down with a glass of the wine she also produces. It doesn't get any better than that. I would thoroughly recommend spending a morning in Francesca's company at Cantinarte. An interesting, tasty morning for all the family!!!
It was like stepping in a different era. The mill is beautifully restored but it still gives you sense of how it was in old times. Francesca was great and she did very nice job explaining the history, the old ways and the new ways of olive oil making process.After the tour, she gave us a short class about olive oil tasting and taught us correct way to taste olive oil, how to compare olive oils and how to tell difference between good vs bad olive oils and some other "dos & don'ts" and myths about olive oil. I would highly recommend a visit to Museo dell_Olio di Cantinarte if you are near Bucchianico in Abruzzo! Please note that right now there is no sign outside so look for #21.
During a recent trip to Abruzzo, we stopped by Museo dell_Olio di Cantinarte. Francesca did a fabulous job explaining the restored mill and how everything worked together in the olive oil making process. She and her husband were fantastic hosts. The olive oil tasting was a very unique experience. If you're in the Bucchianico area on a holiday, I highly recommend stopping into the museum.
During our recent tour of the CantineArte Museum of Olive Oil, we learned so much! Francesca Di Nisio guided us through the historic oil mill. (In English!!!) The mill stopped operating shortly after WWII. Recently restored, it is beautiful and unexpected when you enter off a small street in Bucchianico. The original grind stone is still in place. We could imagine the donkeys making the tedious circle grinding the olives. The oil was extracted through a press made of the largest piece of oak in Abruzzo. We continued through the beautifully restored mill and learned how the oil was produced. The finale is exceptional as we were taught the tasting process, sampled local foods and enjoyed a wonderful wine from Francesca's family vineyard. We learned the myths associated with olive oil. As an Olive Oil Sommelier, Francesca is extraordinary. As hosts, she and her husband are warm, gracious and welcoming. As an American female business owner, I enjoyed hearing how she had traveled to Nappa Valley in the US to learn about American marketing and business techniques. This attention to detail is seen throughout the tour, during the tasting and in the overall experience.
IThe "Museo dell’Olio" (Museum of Olive Oil) in Bucchianico (Chieti), which I visited recently, it is quite a unique and interesting place whether you are new to Abruzzo, a local or a seasoned Abruzzo lover. Discovering the traditional, artisanal way of making olive oil will not just give you theoretical knowledge (and extra conversation points at dinner parties) but will also help you when it comes to buy olive oil for your consumption as you will learn what real olive oil is.The beauty of the Museum of Olive Oil is that it’s a “live” museum, you’re not just staring at exhibits and reading panels: Francesca, the museum owner and tour guide, really brings the whole process to life. I wrote a post about it on my blog if you are interested: http://loveabruzzo.com/?p=153
Francesca Di Nisio is an Abruzzo treasure in herself. She has deep roots in the countryside and is continuing in the line fine oil producers, saffron growers and wine makers. Cantinarte's restored olive mill in lovely Bucchianico is worth a stop and a taste! The huge granite millstones and enormous wooden press are at least 300 years old and give a visceral understanding of the labor involved in producing the liquid gold which is this region's olive oil. Francesca is well versed in the history and lore of olive oil production and also the actual current day production. Be sure to book an oil and wine tasting. Delicious oil and one of the finest Montepulciano wines I have ever tasted.
Francesca Di Nisio's restoration of an oil mill lies in the lovely town (with amazing wooden doors) of Bucchianico near Chieti. She loves her work and is devoted to sharing her craft of oil and wine production with others. I learned a great deal by visiting her Museo. It is well worth a visit. Her products are also among the best in Italy. She is flexible and enthusiastic about sharing what she knows about wine,saffron and olive oil production. She is one of Abruzzo's new generation of entrepreneurs who have built upon family traditions.