“The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.” – Frances Moore Lappe
The estate possesses approximately 700 olive trees spread out over four hectares and many of them are at least one hundred years old and some may be even 200-300 years old (visit Lola on your walk in the grove!).
The olives they produce are predominantly of the Moraiolo cultivar but the Leccino, Frantoio and Leccio del Corno cultivars are also present in order to create a well-balanced olive oil. The trees are pruned annually and fertilized with organic manure; no pesticides are used thus safeguarding the environment and the oil they produce and that you eat.
The olives are manually picked every year beginning at the end of October and throughout November and December. They are taken to the local mill as quickly as possible where they are cold pressed mechanically with particular attention paid to the production process and pressing temperature. The extra virgin olive oil they produce is one of the best in the Orvieto area with an intense color and a unique taste that ranges from delicate to spicy.
The extra virgin olive oil produced by Antica Olivaia comes exclusively from its own olives (mono-orchard) and for this reason it is of a very high standard. This green gold is used by Marco in the preparation of all his typical Umbrian recipes that he creates for the agriturismo’s guests. Guests can also purchase it directly on site (aluminum tins in 250 ml, 500 ml, and 1 liter quantities that can be easily packed in a suitcase).
Marco and Daniela look forward to having you taste their fine olive oil and tasting the difference.