In the sunny Puglia where the blinding white of the dry stone dyke and of the Romanesque cathedrals stands out in the bluest sky, where the green of the olive trees goes as far as the eye can see down to a sea with crystal clear water, right there, in Palombaio, a small village near the city of Bari, the Azienda Agricola Cuonzo has its premises. In 1970 Franco Cuonzo decided to make his dream come true by starting producing oil in the ancient family villa. Raised and bred in Rome, he used to spend summers in that villa, surrounded by the scent of the soil and fascinated by the songs sung by farmers, that spontaneously made him grow a natural attraction towards such people and places.
The decision was taken and the Azienda Agricola Cuonzo, was born. Run as a traditional family farm, it had about 30 hectares of olive groves immersed in the hills of Bitonto, already known as the ”city of oil”. The old 17th century millstone was equipped with three granite grindstones; Ogliarola and Coratina were selected for the production of an oil that mirrored the passion and the love of Franco towards the land of Puglia.