What is 'Extra Virgin': Demystifying Olive Oil

Olive Oil has been produced for thousands of years. Originally, olive oil was used as lampante or lamp oil. Production was largely centralized to the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, and North African regions respectively. Did someone drop a piece of bread into a fresh batch of lamp oil? Perhaps but we will never know.

Bringing flavours from across the globe to our community

The Unrefined Olive brings the flavours of Italy to the Glebe. This little shop boasts a tasting bar, where patrons can sample the freshest premium extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars from Modena. They currently carry a number of olive oils from around the world, including California, Chile, Australia, and Tunisia.

Let your taste be the judge

Come in to our store and taste from over 60 Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils, aged Balsamic Vinegars, flavour fused and infused olive oils, and specialty oils.

The Local Harvest

Thanksgiving flavours with The Unrefined Olive

Premium taste, premium nutrition

Brilliant Bottles - Ottawa Citizen

Brilliant Bottles - Ottawa Citizen

Elizabeth Kilvert, owner of The Unrefined Olive in the Glebe, has put together a special gift pack of four flavours of oils and vinegars that will easily take a Thanksgiving meal from ordinary to extraordinary.

Sweet, Savoury or Fresh

The endless possibilities

The Unrefined Olive is anything but unrefined!  In fact, this thriving Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar tasting bar on Second Ave. in the Glebe, offers what owner Elizabeth Kilvert describes as “affordable luxury”.
Selling “Affordable Luxury” - Ottawa Sun

Selling “Affordable Luxury” - Ottawa Sun

From cutback casualty to enterprising entrepreneur, Elizabeth Kilvert has seen the landscape shift in her first two-and-a-half years as a small business owner.

Revealing the flavours of fresh food with our products

I already knew the power of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but I was really surprised by the number of different olive oils with very specific taste. We were able to taste every olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which are among the best ones in the world (it is always like that in this shop, not only during the workshop).

Endless combinations

The Unrefined Olive serves up recipes to rescue your salad. 

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