Unlike the other two olive oils in this collection, which hail from Tuscany, this olive oil is made from old olive trees grown in the Valpantena Valley situated north east of Verona. The cool breezes that blow off the foothills of the Dolomites are funnelled down this valley and make it ideal for the cultivation of vines and olives. The proximity of Lake Garda ensures the viability of oil production at this, the most northerly latitude in Italy.
Golden-green in colour with a light, delicate perfume of fresh grass and ripe olives. This oil is light and delicate, with a fresh, grassy taste and a smooth, ripe finish. This Veneto oil doesn't have the powerful punch of its Tuscan counterparts and is excellent for drizzling over more delicate dishes.
The six bottle mixed case includes 2 bottles of each of the following olive oils:
2018 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Veneto Valpolicella, Alpha Zeta, Italy (75cl)
2018 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chianti Classico, Fontodi, Tuscany, Italy (50cl)
2018 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Capezzana, Tuscany, Italy (75cl)
Fontodi is one of the wine superstars of Chianti and their olive oil is similarly renowned (and similarly intense). Situated in the prime 'Conca d'Oro' (golden shell) of Panzano, Fontodi never struggles for sunshine and has 8,000 olive trees situated in a variety of different plots at altitudes between 400-500 metres above sea level.
Fontodi’s 2018 oil bears the hallmark punch of pepperiness and grassiness which gives this estate its deserved acclaim.
Capezzana is an ancient Tuscan estate with records of olive growing dating back to 804 AD. Capezzana’s olive trees, close to the northernmost boundary for olive cultivation, produce less than one tenth of the quantity produced by those in milder, more southerly climes. Capezzana’s oil is made primarily from Moraiolo. This is an early ripening variety, so the olives tend to be blacker when picked, resulting in softer, fruitier oils. The estate has 140 hectares of olive groves with 26,000 trees.
An intense, vivid green, this oil is wondrously rich and luxurious and resplendent with flavours of freshly chopped artichoke.