The Ricchiuti family story begins with a voyage from Vincenzo Ricchiuti’s native Italy. Setting foot on fertile American soil in the year 1914, Vincenzo planted the seeds of a family business which would eventually grow for generations in the heart of California’s Central San Joaquin Valley. A vegetable grower by trade, he knew that diversification would be the key to long term success. With this in mind, Vincenzo planted the first family acreage with grapes and figs.
Benefitted by his father’s wisdom, Pat Ricchiuti began his career as a grower, packer, and shipper after returning home from serving his country in 1946. With the help and support of his wife, Frances, they continued to diversify their business by planting plums and cotton. This proved to be the beginning of the expansion which Pat Ricchiuti envisioned. His goal for the newly founded P-R Farms, Inc. in 1956 was to bring forth growth while maintaining quality at every juncture.
As the town started to expand to the north, so did the Ricchiuti holdings. In 1965, Pat and Frances were joined by their son Patrick, and together they advanced the family business into an international venture. The P-R Farms, Inc. label quickly became known worldwide for premium quality peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, citrus, grapes, almonds, and olives.
Over the years, Ricchiuti Family Farms has remained steadfast in its pursuit to meet consumer demands. With this goal in mind, in 2008, Patrick Ricchiuti and his son, Vincent, entered the olive oil business. In 2011, the Ricchiuti’s ENZO Olive Oil Company milled their first harvested crop of organic olives.
ENZO’s Tradition of Excellence
In ongoing industry research, the Ricchiuti family found that 98 percent of all olive oil consumed in the United States is imported. Further studies revealed that a high percentage of the imported olive oils on American supermarket shelves fail to meet the criteria for being officially classified as “extra virgin.” With a true desire to craft fine oil, the Ricchiutis adopted organic and kosher farming practices into their olive oil operation.
ENZO organic extra virgin olive oil is 100% estate-grown, meaning from the planting of each and every tree, harvesting of the crop, milling of the fruit, and bottling of the oil, all steps are completed under the direction of Patrick and Vincent Ricchiuti on the ENZO property, which features meticulously manicured groves and a state-of-the-art mill on site. With the aid of an efficient mechanical harvester and Amenduni olive oil processing equipment, the Ricchiutis and ENZO millers carefully monitor the harvest and crush from start to finish. This hands-on approach is what it takes to produce fresh, premium, and flavorful oil.
ENZO Olive Oil Company Mill
Nestled among picturesque olive groves in the Central San Joaquin Valley, ENZO Olive Oil Company’s mill is home to the award-winning, 100% estate-grown organic extra virgin olive oil. Unlike many other olive oil companies, the entire olive oil process at ENZO is completed from start to finish on-site, producing one of the freshest oils available and assuring superior quality and taste. The trees―planted in an optimal climate, similar to the Mediterranean region―are carefully nurtured year-round by Patrick Ricchiuti and his son, Vincent. Once picked at prime conditions, the olives are then transported immediately from the grove to the plant where the milling process begins. Finally, the olive oil is bottled and ready to be enjoyed by all food enthusiasts, enhancing everyday culinary creations and the finest gourmet delights.
- Proud Member of the California Olive Oil Council
- Certified Extra Virgin by the California Olive Oil Council
- Certified Organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers
- Certified Organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Certified Kosher by the Kosher Supervision of America
- Member of the American Olive Oil Producers Association
Awards & Press
ENZO has garnered extensive regional, national and international acclaim from various competitions and critics.
Cooking Light – July 2016
Good Food: ENZO Organic Delicate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Afar Magazine – June 2016
America’s Tuscany: 9 Amazing Olive Oil Orchards to Visit in the U.S.
BCV Pig Blog – May 2016
Visiting ENZO Olive Oil in the southern Central Valley
Tyler Florence – March 2016
“I’m so proud of this… Our house Extra Virgin Olive Oil that I custom blended for @wayfaretavern is now available at @williamssonoma . com. 100% certified #organic blend of Arbosana, Arbquina and Koroneiki olives from the legendary @ricchiutifamilyfarms in Sunny Fresno, California. It’s the best Extra Virgin Olive Oil I’ve ever tasted, much less hand made. Grassy, buttery, nice peppery finish. Thick, rich, super green yummy olive oil from old tree growth. Forget fake agromafia Italian Olive Oil. 🇺🇸 Olive Oil is the best!!! #tftestkitchen #California @visitcalifornia #OliveOil #BestinClass We ❤️ #Fresno California”
Life and Thyme – December 2015
ENZO Olive Oil: The Gift of California Flavor
Visit California – November 2015
Washington Post – September 9, 2014
New York Times – June 3rd, 2014
Dock to Dish, a Cookbook That Celebrates the Greenmarket and More
Epicurious – December 4, 2014
Why It’s Time to Change Your (Olive) Oil
Tyler Florence Test Kitchen – California Olive Oil
Tyler Florence sits down with Vincent Ricchiuti of Enzo Olive Oil Company to talk about the interesting world of olive oil. Tyler and Vincent discuss how olive oil is made, myths about olive oil and also talk about how and why olive oil is the most adulterated food item in the world.
Medal Sponsoring Organizations
- Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition
- California Olive Oil Council
- Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition
- Yolo County Fair
- Olive Japan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition
- Good Food Awards
— Tyler Florence (@TylerFlorence) July 26, 2013
— Gina DePalma (@ginadee) December 17, 2013
Top 5 U.S. Olive Oils You Should Know About – Delish.com / July 2013
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