About us

The Gift of Oil Team

the gift of oil was started by Phil Bianchi in 2001. He fell in love with the Mediterranean way of life after working with a large olive oil company based in Athens.

He realised that the quality of olive oils and balsamics available in the UK were inferior to those he had tasted on his travels in the Med, and that there was a gap in the market to be filled. A leap of faith and 14 years later, the gift of oil has built up an exceptional reputation for quality, affordable, artisan products which, most importantly, taste wonderful too! The incredible flavour of our olive oils and balsamics is what makes our loyal customers return to us month after month, year after year.

We have never bought any other brand of oil and vinegar since we discovered the gift of oil many years ago

Julie Cuthbertson

We are able to maintain this consistency of quality and flavour because of the families we partner with, along with Phil’s hands on approach to importing the products. Phil visits Sicily, Modena and Portugal several times a year for tastings, to experiment with new infusions, and to ensure the provenance of our products is maintained. Each year the blend of the single estate olive oils we sell have been selected personally. New infusions of the oils and balsamics are created, tasted, and developed in a process which can take several years before finally being brought to the UK.

And the work doesn’t stop there! Once the products arrive in the UK we have a dedicated team of enthusiasts who sample, bottle, label and quality check each product by hand at our premises in North Manchester, before they are dispatched to our customers through our website, our shop, at food festivals around the UK and through independent retailers.

This diligence and passion for quality at every stage of our supply chain is how we have found our way into the cupboards (and hearts!) of so many discerning food lovers. Have a look through our product catalogue and join them!

These oils and balsamic vinegars are just amazing. I will tell anyone to buy these products to try and you will be hooked like we were, I promise.

Dawn Apps

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