In Season: 2018 Harvest
We are on the verge of the 2018 harvest here in Italy. It’s the moment of truth as our producers are starting up their mills to ensure they are in perfect working order to receive the first fruit. As those of you who follow us closely will know, we always select oils that derive from green olives so our harvest begins ahead of many. This means far lower volumes, but in terms of quality, there is no comparison.
The 2018 season in Italy is looking very positive from where we are sitting. I don’t say this lightly, it hasn’t been a simple growing season, the big freeze in February had a significant impact and some trees just haven’t born fruit as a result. There is also the constant risk of the wretched olive fly, which is possible to combat with certain organic treatments but they are costly, so only the very best producers (yes, of course ours!) go to these lengths.
We had a long, wet winter and spring and this was important for the ground water levels and as such, the trees that have born fruit are laden. The craftsmen we work with up and down Italy remain cautious however, it all depends on the next crucial weeks and until the olives are running through the mill, we won’t have the complete picture.
We wish the pickers and millers every success for the days, weeks and months of incredibly hard work ahead. Waiting for those first divine tastes.