In this episode of It’s all about the oil, Olive we have a conversation with Elizabeth and Kasimir Berger, who have brought their combined experience and skill to develop a unique extra virgin olive oil business. Focusing on premium quality Italian extra virgin olive oil and using the internet they are providing an opportunity for consumers and producers develop a virtual relationship and purchase early harvest extra virgin olive oil.
Listen to the care and attention to their endeavours...
Elizabeth and Kasimir Biography
Elizabeth Berger first came to Italy whilst reading History of Art and Architecture at University and benefited from a study year in Pisa.
After university, she began travelling widely working as a walking guide throughout Europe and in 2000 walked from Canterbury in the UK to Rome along the ancient Via Francigena. She returned to the UK in 2001 to begin her career and studies in Wine. She began working for a selection of important wine families from Italy including Marchesi Antinori, Agricola Masi, Tasca d’Almerita and Poggio Antico, before moving to become Marketing & Wine Director for Champagne Bollinger in 2005. During her years at Bollinger, Elizabeth studied her Master of Wine qualification obtaining 5 of the 7 exams before she moved to Italy in 2013 with her young family.
Based initially in Montalcino, Elizabeth set up a consultancy business that connects top wine families in Italy with importers globally. She brings investment to the country and spends her days communicating about fine Italian wine. www.elizabethberger.it
Based in Siena since 2015, Elizabeth has also established a small Extra Virgin Olive Oil e-commerce start up, which she runs by candlelight with her husband, Kasimir. They communicate about and sell the very best Extra Virgin Olive Oil from 10 regions in Italy, shipping directly from the Frantoi and working particularly with monocultivar oils and single grove selections. www.frantoi.org.
Kasimir is a commercial consultant for software start-ups by day, working on Frantoi with Elizabeth by night. Kasimir produces and maintains website, logistics, commercial & accounting activities and all the non-glamorous parts of our e-commerce. Kasimir was born in London from Middle-European parents, grew up in Rome as a child actor, worked as a journalist doing trade and investment reports around the developing world for several years until Kasimir met Elizabeth, which brought him back to London. There Kasimir worked in publishing first, then moving towards software start-ups, working on the commercial and growth side. With Elizabeth, he shares our passion for food, wine, extra virgin olive oil, travel and their children.