About Us

alla vita owners, Adrienne Brownlee and Christina Ebersole, left their respective careers in the financial world to stay at home and raise their children. After spending more than 15 years collaborating in their roles as PTO presidents, sports team parent coordinators, and mothers, they are ready to put their time and energy into a new venture. alla vita is the result of their passion for preparing and eating healthy, flavorful food, their pleasure in spending time with good friends and family, and the desire to run their own business.

alla-vitaIn Italian, alla vita is a toast meaning “to life.” Our goal is to offer our customers an enjoyable experience while helping them choose fresh, unique, healthful products to enhance the flavor and quality of their lives.

Our distinctive tasting room is located in the nation’s smallest capital city, Montpelier, Vermont, yet showcases the world’s freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oils and finest naturally aged Modena Balsamics. In order to ensure that our customers will taste the absolute freshest products possible and receive all the health benefits these have to offer, alla vita “follows the crush,” carrying the freshest oils when they are produced. We take your taste buds to Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Spain and California in the Northern Hemisphere, and Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia in the Southern Hemisphere. The selection in our store includes at least 8 varietal extra virgin olive oils, 10 natural flavor-fused and infused extra virgin olive oils, and 20 balsamics, stored in stainless steel containers called fustils and bottled fresh on site.

During the week, alla vita prepares delicious, nutritious foods including fresh soups, chopped salads, and panini that highlight the oils and vinegars sold in our shop. Whether you are looking for lunch to take back to the office or a picnic for an excursion, come see us. In addition, we prepare homemade pastas, sauces, pestos, hummus, salsas, marinades, bruschetta toppings and baked goods for you to take home and enjoy with friends and family.  Also, check out our selection of fine wines to pair with your meal or appetizer choices.