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)



We offer new season Extra Virgin Olive Oil just once a year, when it has just been pressed to ensure it arrives with you at its freshest and healthiest. Leave your email address here for notification of when the sale goes live for the next harvest.


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This box includes 6 x 500ml bottles from the regions of Liguria, Garda, Umbria, Calabria, Puglia and Sicily all with different flavour profiles. A great discovery box for those who care about what they eat and wish to explore which oils might work best with different ingredients.

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This box contains 6 x 500ml bottles of Italian extra virgin olive oil with exceptionally high polyphenol (antioxidant) values. These are oils that give incredibly high health benefits when added to raw or cooked food. The oils come from 6 different regions around Italy and all have a different flavour profile.

Monocultivar and Single Grove box
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This box contains a fine selection of 6 x 500ml bottles of monocultivar Extra Virgin Olive Oil from individual parcels of olive trees where the terroir is most evident. This box is designed for someone who knows their ingredients and may have an existing love of fine wine.

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A brilliantly versatile selection of 6 x 500ml bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with high antioxidant content but a mellow flavour to appeal to the most selective palates in your family.

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A superb selection of 6 x 500ml bottles of extra virgin olive oil from four different regions of Central Italy. These oils are characterful and decisive, extremely good for you and well suited to accompany grains, pulses, root vegetables and red meat based dishes.

Southern Italy Discovery BOx
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An exemplary selection of 6 x 500ml bottles of extra virgin olive oil from four different regions of Southern Italy. Each oil is a distinctive monocultivar and you can expect fine aromatic characteristics as well as high polyphenol values. This is particularly good for those with a vegetarian or vegan diet.

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Each extra virgin olive oil in this box is first and foremost delicious and distinctive. It also has the advantage of being in a beautiful bottle that will look sensational at your table. 6 x 500ml bottles from the far north to the deep south of Italy.

Shoulder to Toe Box
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This box gives a taste of 3 totally diverse regions and climates of Italy from Friuli-Venezia-Giulia in the north, Umbria in the centre and Sicily in the south. It’s a brilliant addition to an ambitious larder!

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These 3 very different extra virgin olive oils have been selected for their suitability with salads. Inside you have a perfect pair for lettuce, a great match for chickpeas and other pulses and a wonderful Calabrian that is great for spring vegetables.

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This selection of 3 x 500ml bottles is from Northern Italy, where the cool climate translates in to delicate flavours with fine minerality. Excellent for fresh fish, salads, potatoes and rice, this is a beautiful selection of distinctive and delicious oils.

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This selection of 3 x 500ml bottles is from Central Italy, where the oils are characterful and decisive. Featuring typically high levels of spice and accompanying polyphenols (antioxidants), this selection is great with grains, pulses, root vegetables and red meat.

Southern Italy Selection
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This selection of 3 x 500ml bottles is from Southern Italy, where the indigenous cultivars deliver aromatic and herbaceous Mediterranean aromas that work brilliantly with cooked and raw vegetables, seafood and a wide variety of grains.

Bespoke gift packaging in two size formats made of 100% recycled and recyclable material, the sleeve is made from recycled olive leaves
How it works

• We have selected the best extra virgin olive oils of the current season and collated them into collection boxes for you to try different oils from different locations, with different flavour profiles.


• We estimate 6 bottles of 500ml will last a couple or small family 4-6 months. If you have any questions on how much you might need, please contact us info@frantoi.org.


• Orders for the 2023 season are open only until November 30th.


• The olives are pressed between October and November and you therefore get the freshest, healthiest, most delicious oil delivered to your home.


• Your delivery leaves Italy in early December to arrive in time for Christmas.

• All of our Olive Oil is supplied in our bespoke boxes that have been designed to withstand long distance travel and to respect the environment.


• Your delivery will arrive at your door with a courier service directly from Italy. Pricing quoted includes shipping within the EU, the UK or the US and Canada. If you are elsewhere, please email us.


• We can also supply boxes of our oils as a gift sent with a personalised message – it makes a conscientious, sustainable and luxurious present. You have the option to select this when you check out. If you have more specific requests or need any advice at all, please do not hesitate to write to us at info@frantoi.org or telephone +39 366 932 6720

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