The Fattoria di Monti farm consists of over 740 acres in the beautiful hills between Florence and Pisa in the area of Volterra.
“With a mild climate that does not suffer from spring frosts and benefits from the Mediterranean breeze the region provides excellent growing characteristics for a variety of trees and crops. The sea, rich in sand and minerals, which covered this region in ancient times, has meant that the land is mainly composed of sand and silt with an abundant addition of alluvial pebbles, fossils and minerals rich in marine sediment. The average altitude of this area is roughly 500 ft. above sea level.”
“Many olive trees are grown in a traditional way with special care to produce the best quality extra virgin olive oils. The olives are hand picked and most of the 1200 trees are pruned every year, keeping them at least 10 meters apart.
The main varieties or cultivars are: Razzo, Morailo, Leccino, Pendolino and Punteruolo.
The harvest time of the olives is different for each cultivar and depends on the climatic conditions of the season. A timely harvest usually produces oil with low acidity, high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and a higher number of antioxidants.
The farm produces four different types of extra virgin olive oil, with the olive variety playing a crucial role in the sensory properties of the oil. This is one of the reasons why the cultivars are harvested separately as well as the fact that they ripen in slightly different periods.”