our oliv story

ROOTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The founders of Oliv, Awie and Isabeau du Toit, came across the concept of a shop dedicated to olive oil and balsamic vinegar sales while Isabeau was visiting in New Mexico.  Having previously acquired property in a wine-producing area in the Western Cape province of South Africa, and after already having made the decision that as a medical professional (Awie is a practicing radiologist) it would be hypocritical to be involved in the production of alcohol, the couple of bottles of oil and balsamics that Isabeau purchased set into motion a chain of events that would change the du Toit’s lives forever.

As a result of this ‘innocent’ purchase, the du Toits now have a fully developed Olive farm in South Africa and rapidly expanding business interest in both Canada and the USA.  The du Toits who owned residential property in Moose Jaw, decided to open a ‘trial’ store in the beautiful heritage building located on 14 High Street East in Moose Jaw.  Since that meager beginning, Oliv has expanded to several stores across North America.

By truly understanding the olive business (and medical profession), they are able to provide true extra virgin olive oils that are not chemically altered in any way. This ensures that health benefits inherent in a true extra virgin olive oil due to both its high content of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and its high content of anti-oxidants is passed along to the end consumer purchasing Oliv oils.

“We take great pride in our rich and expertly blended selection of Oliv Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. Oliv’s oils are individually and seasonally selected from only the best available extra virgin olive oils available in the southern and northern hemispheres, depending on season, to ensure freshness. Our Balsamic Vinegars are ‘true’ balsamics, sourced from Modena in Italy.”

The Oliv team will take you on a personal tasting experience through our store and will guide you as you experience 60+ flavors of olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  They will entice your taste buds, open your senses to what food should taste like, and change the way you interact with food forever!  Please see our ‘Contact Us’ page to find the location of a store closest to you.