Discovering the Umbrian Hills
Umbria, known as “the green heart of Italy”, retains an unspoilt landscape and centuries old olive groves. Indeed, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil has become one of the distinctive symbols of this region, among others.
EVO Oil is an olive oil of the highest quality, it is the outcome of a long process that starts by taking good care of our olive plants.
Umbria boasts one of the best Olive Oil production of Italy: numerous are the Mills that have been DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) certified, a guarantee of high quality!
The Olive varieties grown in Umbria: Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Leccino
In Umbria there are three main cultivars: Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Leccino.
The Frantoio is a plant with a large crown, medium density branching, and medium size. The fruiting branches are thin and long with a rising top, while the larger branches are rather gnarled. Highly resistant to climate changes and different terrains, it is characterised by a long inflorescence, with numerous and medium-sized flowers. Its olives yield an oil which is quite green with some yellowish hue.
It is uniformly cultivated throughout Italy, from North to South.
The ideal period to pick its olives is around mid November.
Moraiolo is a renowned variety of olive trees which – despite having a preference for hill terrain – adapts very well to the rocky terrains that are typical of our area. Moreover, it does not suffer from drought nor wind.
The crown is of medium density and little volume, with short and twisted branches.
Its fruits are not particularly large, but they hide a gritty flavour. The colour of the oil obtained from muraiolo olives is deep green with warm yellow hues.
It is grown throughout the national territory, but particularly in the centre of Italy.
Frantoio Rinalducci stands out among the various mills in Umbria for having created the Monocultivar Moraiolo DOP Umbria – Colli Martani , an EVO Oil with a strong and enveloping taste, yet very well balanced!
Leccino, also called “Leccio”, is an olive cultivar that can reach relevant dimensions. It is characterised by a dense crown and long green leaves, so much so, that the plant is greatly pleasing to the eye.
The oil obtained from these olives does not have a particularly aromatic flavour, we could say it is rather neutral. Opposite to the other cultivars mentioned, it is golden yellow with greenish hues.
This variety of olive trees has a strong resistance to environmental adversities and can adapt to nearly any terrain.
Its cultivation is widespread throughout Italy.
Umbria’s Olive Trees: The Frantoio Rinalducci
The Frantoio Rinalducci, located amidst the green Umbrian hills in Gualdo Cattaneo has been taking care of its olive groves for generations and all year round. Not only do we guarantee the highest quality standard, as each one of our customer deserves, but we take great care in carrying out a sustainable and no waste operativity.