The first question we get asked is “Why did you open an olive oil store?”
One of our co-founders, Alex, worked at a small olive oil store in upstate New York. The job was just some extra cash on the side - but what he found incredible was the passion people exhibited for the products in the store. With his curiosity piqued, Alex started to delve into what exactly got people so excited about olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Meanwhile, after serving in the Army, our other co-founder and Alex's daughter, Amanda, was ready for something different. Amanda had talked to her Dad and it struck a chord – so they decided to make it their mission to bring Manassas high quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Olive oil has always held a special place in the world and has been produced by mankind since just about the dawn of civilization; so what’s changed? A recent study by the University of California at Davis found most olive oil bought from your average grocery store does not meet the criteria to be qualified as extra virgin - even if the label says so! These oils are often made from old olives, or even mixed with lower grade oils.
As for that “balsamic vinegar” you’ve been buying? Not even close to the real thing! In a time when everyone is becoming increasingly aware of where their food comes from, Manassas Olive Oil Company wants to introduce you to the chemistry, flavor, and health benefits of true extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
We have pledged to work closely with olive oil and balsamic producers to ensure you are only buying some of the best available. When it comes to olive oil – fresh is best. We can track each bottle from the producer it came from - and know when the olive was harvested, crushed, and shipped to us. That way you know you are getting the healthiest and tastiest products. We have relationships with producers from both hemispheres and bottle our products daily in order to bring you the freshest olive oil and balsamic year round.
Don’t just take our word for it… visit us and let your taste buds be the judge! There carry more than 50 olive oils and balsamic vinegar, and you can try any you choose! We encourage our guests to taste whatever sparks their interest, and find their favorites. We're happy to introduce you to the science behind good olive oil and balsamic, its health benefits, and give you recipes for its use. Stop by Manassas Olive Oil Company and see for yourself!
The Manassas Olive Oil Company was founded in 2014 by two military veterans and is locally owned and operated.