Olive tree cultivation in Umbria is one of the most ancient in Italy. Started in the Etruscan age, it gave rise to large quantities of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the Roman age. Many patricians chose our region to build their villas: several archaeological finds have been found near these villas that underline oil and olives’ importance.
In the Umbrian villages, whole oil mills made of sandstone have been dug up: this is a further sign of a centuries-old link.
Even and especially in the Renaissance, Umbrian oil has been praised: banquets and new herbs’ rediscovery brought our genuine oil’s taste to the forefront.
It is no accident that Umbria is the only region whose borders coincide with protected designation of origin (PDO) borders.
Facts are exhaustive: 27,000 hectares of olive groves, 250 oil mills, an average annual production of oil around 90,000 quintals, of which 8,000 certified PDO.
Obviously, the historic Umbrian olive-growing value does not come down to these figures: olive-growing represents, for us, environment, history, landscape, tradition and tourism.
A pride for the whole Umbrian agricultural section: oil is a feather in its cap. Loved inside and outside Umbria, both in Italy and in foreign countries, our oil is considered a model for a genuine and quality production.