For generations the Cutrera family has been dedicated to the cultivation of olive trees and olive oil production, a profession carried on for decades with passion and love that binds this family to its land. The company’s origins date back more than a century ago to 1906, when records show that the Cutrera family was dedicated to the cultivation and care of olive trees in Chiaramonte Gulfi, a small town in southeastern Sicily.
Giovanni Cutrera, the head of the family, founded the first mill in 1979 with the help of his wife, Maria, after having grown up working in an old mill that pressed olives using millstones and mules. Over the years the Cutrera’s ’s children, Maria – the eldest, followed by Giusy, the second, and finally Salvatore, the youngest – have joined their parents in the business. In 1999, an important year for the fate of Frantoi Cutrera, Giovanni, with the family’s support,, decided to open a second mill. But it wasn’t enough! The family, together with many local producers, were aware of the quality of the olive oil produced in the Iblei Mountains, and they decided to find a way to market it beyond the local market.
Since 2000, Frantoi Cutrera is handled by, Maria, Giusy and Salvatore with their spouses, and currently the third generation is starting to join the management company. Although the company’s management is now in the hands of their children, Giovanni and Maria have left a valuable legacy made up of principles, values, and knowledge that the Cutreras put into practice in every daily action. Looking ahead, never forgetting the past, and a good mix between tradition and innovation: this is the mission that now distinguishes the family business.