Fonte di Foiano is located in the highly prized winegrowing region of Bolgheri on the Tuscan Coast. Flanked by the star-studded names of Sassicaia (Tenute San Guido) and Ornellaia, these soils by now have a proven track record and insanely high pedigree. However, back in the 70s when this understated olive farm was established, the Di Gaetano family were amongst the first to see the potential of these soils. You find plenty of olive groves peppered amongst the vines in these parts and naturally, the resulting oils are good, aided by this unique maritime microclimate with constant sea breezes that moderate the temperatures throughout the year. However, it takes, as we know, complete dedication to fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make something truly outstanding and that is why we are working with Fonte di Foiano.
Now in the hands of brothers Paolo and Simone Di Gaetano, Fonte di Foiano moved in to the uber-league when they made the decision not to allow anybody else’s fruit in to their Frantoio in 2008. This tough decision required sacrifices, but it has reaped its rewards in terms of quality.
With 29 hectares of groves at altitudes ranging from 50 to 150m above sea level, the Fonte di Foiano soils are complex and myriad thanks to their marine composition. The cultivars include Frantoio, Moraiolo, Ravece, Maurino and Picholine and they work extremely attentively in the groves to ensure only healthy, green olives come to their mill.
Equally as attentive in the frantoio, they work with a state-of-the-art Mori press and follow the journey of their olives with extreme care. We have selected three of their oils that we believe represent the best of what they do. Having tasted the Fonte di Foiano oils for years and saying how wonderful we think they are, it’s a real joy to be offering them to you from the 2022 harvest.