As you might expect, olives grown in cooler areas where there is more moisture (rainfall and dew) exhibit leaner, more restrained characteristics.  This doesn’t however mean that great oil can now be made in Iceland – you need a minimum amount of sunshine to make your Extra Virgin Olive Oil taste remarkable, similarly to tomatoes or stone fruit.

Olive trees are sensitive to winter freeze (the Casaliva cultivar is more resistant to cold, hence being grown in the Garda region).  It is also easier to farm organically where the climate is more stable and less chemical sprays are required to keep the trees healthy.



Here’s the thing – all olives are green.  When they become fully mature, they turn black.
Olive maturity at the time of harvest is a major factor in flavour and quality: olives harvested earlier (green olives) feature more bitter, grassy characteristics, with lower yields and with the highest anti-oxidant content.  The oil is a much more intense green colour and has a longer shelf-life.  In terms of production, milling can take longer with green olives (a longer malaxation - the action of slowly churning milled olives to release droplets of oil - is needed and can be more complicated) but the results are far superior!  Don’t choose olive oil from over mature fruit: it lacks all the potential goodness and flavour.



People who care passionately about what they make and follow it personally every day have the capacity to create products with far higher quality, with integrity, and that taste of where they come from.  They are also able to do this by caring for the environment they inhabit.


This box contains 6 bottles of extra virgin olive oil made exclusively by Frantoio di Riva from groves on the banks of lake Garda.

Frantoio di Riva, 46°PARALLELO green label x 3 bottles (50cl)
Frantoio di Riva, 46°PARALLELO organic white label x 1 bottle (50cl)
Frantoio di Riva, 46°PARALLELO blue label x 1 bottle (50cl)
Frantoio di Riva, ULIVA Garda Trentino DOP x 1 bottle (50cl)

Frantoi Products

2016 Harvest is now ready to order until 2nd December

We are delighted to be able to offer the 2016 harvest from the six frantoi we work with around Italy.  We have put together a selection of boxes, either compilations of different regions or frantoi specific, made by one producer. 

A compilation box allows you to explore different flavours and cultivars.  If you know your Olive Oil or are particularly familiar with Italian regional cuisine, you may prefer to opt for a box from a single frantoio which will show you the full extent of their work, the cultivars they grow and the different parcels of land they manage.

Click here to browse the selection.

This offer is open until 2nd December 2016 and delivery can be made within Europe in time for Christmas.

We offer the oil for such a limited window to ensure you receive the very freshest, healthiest Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the longest possible shelf life so that you can enjoy it when it is super fresh and also as it mellows during the spring.

It makes a luxurious, healthy and useful Christmas gift and can be accompanied by a personalised note.

The oil is packaged in our bespoke recycled and recyclable boxes.

If you have any queries at all, please email us info@frantoi.org