While traveling in Europe and other countries of the world, Art and Lori Stewart were privileged to experience the many ways in which each culture works with its extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The flavors and aromas made the possibility of blends and combinations with food endless... and healthy! They shared this entire new world of cuisine with friends and family. It was so much fun they decided to open their own “tasting room” in their hometown, Gettysburg, PA; where they can share this food adventure with everyone.
Today, Gettysburg Olive Oil Co., the first tasting room of its kind in Adams County, helps open our eyes for the love of healthy food by offering food combinations with quality extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars – a true reflection of the labors and passions of individual producers and olive farmers. Its oils and vinegars are versatile in use, have unique flavor profiles. The tastings are incorporated into the food culture of Gettysburg and Adams County using ingredients given by local farmers, historic taverns, and ethnic cuisines.
The base for their flavored extra virgin olive oils is made from a blend of Chemlali, Chetoui and Arbequina olives, and is grown in Tunisia, a country with thousands of years of history producing high-quality olive oils, made without pesticides or other non-organic compounds. They have the olive oil independently tested once it arrives here in the U.S., tested for both purity and quality to make sure its 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This testing process is done 3-4 times a year.
Not only do these extra virgin olive oils taste good, but they also have health benefits too. Used in moderation, monounsaturated fat, the main type found in many varieties of olive oil, can provide medicinal benefits, including lowering one’s risk of heart disease and level of cholesterol, according to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
Gettysburg Olive Oil Co.’s balsamic vinegars are artisan-produced specifically for them in Modena, Italy by VR Aceti. You will find them to be thicker and sweeter than our competitors, due to the fact that ours contains a higher percentage of grape must (the good part!) and less wine vinegar. There are no added sugars or thickeners (or colors), just naturally-aged balsamic vinegar in oak barrels.