Hi, I've just joined this forum because I live near Lucca in Tuscany, which has been famous since Roman times for its olive oil. I was inspired to organize my tours when I helped with the olive harvest in my first year here and went with the olives to the olive press. Wow! That stream of green oil pouring out opened a whole new world of understanding about artisan food, not to mention the constant supply of sensational olive oil for all my cooking. Since then I've taken many clients to an organic olive estate to experience that same thrill. If you want to get closer to the olive oil you love, you can book on the next 'Truffles + Olive Oil + Chestnuts' tour taking place from 17-27 October 2011. You also get to hunt for truffles with Gianni and his dog and discover how chestnuts are dried and ground into flour. You'll find more details at: http://www.sapori-e-saperi.com/toc.html
I know lots of smallholders who press and bottle their own oil, so if anyone has any questions about Lucca olive oil, I'd be happy to try to answer them.
Coming soon: Maestro of Olive Oil course.