the Sicilian EVO, between history and innovation

We produce one of the best extra virgin olive oils in the heart of south-eastern Sicily, where the Iblean Mountains look out over the sea from afar and the olives ripen in a harmony of Mediterranean breezes and scents. Where peasant wisdom has helped the land to give the best of itself.

The territory that gives life to an extra virgin olive oil is not just a set of geographical, physical and climatic characteristics. It is also its people, tradition, culture, all elements capable of giving character to a product, just as the earth and the sun do. Our oil, like our history, was born in Sicily , on the Iblei Mountains , an area where these trees have grown spontaneously for millennia and which today gives life to one of the most celebrated PDOs in the world. We are in the countryside surrounding the village of Chiaramonte Gulfi , in the heart of the famous baroque of Val di Noto where the wisdom of architects and stonemasons, over the centuries, has made an already fortunate land even more beautiful. Here, the flavors and aromas, as well as the landscapes and monuments, contribute to giving a unique and complete experience of the senses.

The island of olive trees
Sicily is the third Italian region, by surface area, dedicated to olive growing. Located as it is, in the center of the Mediterranean, it has absorbed the culture of all the civilizations that have passed through it over the centuries and which have left their mark not only in art but also in agriculture. Furthermore, its pedoclimatic peculiarities have given rise to many different habitats to which the tree species have adapted over the millennia, giving rise to a great biodiversity.

The Hyblaean Mountains

The PDO Monti Iblei was born in the vast limestone plateau of south-eastern Sicily which is our home. We are in the hinterland of the provinces of Syracuse and Ragusa, between vast plateaus and deep valleys. Centuries-old olive trees predominate here and alternate with new plantings, covering the hills together with carob trees, almond trees and vines. The Moresca and Tonda Iblea varieties dominate this territory and produce an oil with a balanced, rich and tasty flavour, intense and persistent, with an unmistakable hint of tomato and fresh grass.

Sicilian Cultivars

The great passion for oil has pushed us over the years to discover and deepen our knowledge of other olive-growing territories and the other main Sicilian cultivars in addition to the Tonda Iblea and the Moresca. Like the Nocellara Etna which covers the slopes of Etna and frames the orange groves: the late ripening and the small, smooth stone make this cultivar the protagonist not only of an excellent oil with a medium-intense fruitiness but also of fine table olives . In the western part of the island, between the gulf of Castellammare and the Belice river, the particular pedoclimatic characteristics and the presence of plains and valleys give life to other valuable cultivars, such as Cerasuola which produces an oil rich in polyphenols and gives sensations of grass fresh and green almonds and, on the border with the province of Agrigento, the Nocellara del Belice which in Sicily is the only example of large-scale olive monoculture. The large fruits with crunchy pulp produce an oil with a very intense fruitiness and strong sensations of bitterness and spiciness. Finally, Val di Mazara is dominated by Biancolilla , a very rustic cultivar that produces a medium-light fruity oil characterized by aromatic notes of artichoke and fresh grass.