During the first few days of our odyssey, we really "hit the ground running"! We stayed in a beautiful agritourismo in Vernole, Masseria Copertini, in the south of Puglia. We made trips further south almost to the tip of the "heel of the boot" to discover, Giovanni of Forestaforte. There we were, late Sunday afternoon, Johnny was in touch with Giovanni most of the day, since he was in Bari on business. He was so gracious in accomodating us by meeting us and opening his mill at around 7 pm!

His enthusiasm was indeed contagious, and in Italian of course, he and Johnny shared their knowledge and passion for extra virgin olive oils. We spent the next couple of hours getting a detailed tour of his mill and tasting his amazing oils. You can see how spotless everything was in the mill and once again Tina and I were so impresssed by the dedication and hard work our Producers put into their products.