CULTIVAR

 

There are around 800 different Olive Cultivars in Italy alone, many of which are used for Olive Oil. Similarly to grape varieties in wine, the Olive cultivar influences the flavour profile of your oil.  Different cultivars, depending on size of fruit, thickness of the skin, composition of the pulp can produce different yields, varying concentrations of anti-oxidants and overall different quality levels.

LOCATION AND CLIMATE

 

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.

OLIVE MATURITY

 

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.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN GROVE AND MILL

 

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.

FRANTOIO DI RIVA BOX

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)

THIS YEAR, WE ARE PLEASED TO BRING OUR NEW SEASON OLIVE OIL TASTINGS TO YOU,
VIA A SERIES OF ONLINE EVENTS
Please contact us for any specific requests: tastings@frantoi.org
EXPLORE OUR EVENTS BELOW – CLICK ON EACH SQUARE TO GET FULL INFORMATION

Tasting Experience Frantoi
The Frantoi Tasting Experience

For those seeking an interactive, informative and memorable pre-christmas event this is a full immersion into the world of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Frantoi.org founder Elizabeth will guide your associates, employees, clients or family, through the wonders of freshly pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the 2020 season, with an engaging online tutored tasting of the best Italy can bring to you.

Each participant receives 5 x 500ml bottles of our very finest selection from 5 regions in Italy plus a standard bottle of EVOO (good supermarket quality) for comparison. The bottles are delivered in Frantoi’s much loved recycled packaging directly to each individual’s private address.

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The online tasting will last approximately 1 hour.
Minimum purchase: 8

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The Frantoi at Home Drop-In Tasting

We are thrilled to be offering a drop-in tasting on 20th December 2020 for anyone who would like to buy a case of oil for their own personal use, or as a gift and open the bottles together to discover them.

This is a fun, interactive tasting with Frantoi founder, Elizabeth where you can discover the properties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, understand why various oils are different, figure out which ingredients to pair them with and learn about why EVOO is so incredibly good for you.

The selection of oils includes 2 bottles (500ml) from the cooler north of Italy, 2 bottles (500ml) from central Italy, where the flavours are more decisive and 2 bottles (500ml) from the warmer south of Italy.

We then meet on zoom on Sunday 20th December at 6.30pm UK/1.30pm EST for the perfect pre-dinner tasting. Click here for more information.

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The Frantoi & Strazzanti Sicilian Tasting Experience

Frantoi has teamed up with Sicilian food experience specialist Strazzanti for a drop-in tasting of Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Sicilian food. This zoom based session will take place on Tuesday 15th of December at 7 pm (UK time) hosted by Frantoi founder Elizabeth and Strazzanti founder Emilia.

Elizabeth and Emilia will take you on a wonderful journey through Sicily's flavours with Strazzanti's pestos and sauces and Frantoi's Sicilian olive oils.

You will receive:

6 X 500 ml bottles of freshly milled Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Il Piccolo Pacchetto Strazzanti which includes 3 Jars of Pesto, 1 pack of flatbread, 1 apple and a sweet treat.

Access to 1 hour zoom tasting session. For more information click here

This experience is only available in the UK.

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