The Olive Grove



In the past, the hilly part of the Estate, characterized by a predominantly clayey soil, was mainly used for growing grains; however, from the nineteen forties due to the changing socio-economic conditions of our agriculture and to the advent of mechanization, the then owner (the actual owner’s father Antonio Oppedisano) had to make radical changes. Thus, he planted olive groves and vineyards, crops of higher quality , which without the aid of irrigation were capable of tapping into the resources of this land
Furthermore, the characteristics of the parent rock, from which the terrain of the area evolved, register high lime content in the soil; such soil characteristics along with the alkaline reaction are ideal conditions for growing olives and obtaining quality wines, structured with aging potential
The Estate’s olive grove is made up of “Gossa Gerace” cultivar plants, a native variety that has spread throughout the Locride area where it best expresses its organoleptic characteristics
Such cultivar is perfectly adaptable to the environment (soil and climate); indeed, it requires very few external inputs for cultivation, and is very resistant to disease, which is particularly important since the defense strategy adopted by the Estate is based on organic practices.
The oil obtained has a typical olfactory and gustative sensorial profile; it is characterized by a fruity aroma of medium intensity with clearly evident herbal notes. The palate perceives the pungent and the bitter taste, of average intensity, which tends to increase if an early harvest is done. Moreover, sensations of either ripe or unripe vegetables are evident depending on the olives’ degree of ripeness when the oil is made.