Cretaiole’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Taste the Difference Love Makes
Our olive oil is our pride and joy, and also a precious treat for our guests who use it when they stay with us. For many years guests have pleaded with us to sell and ship it to their homes—and finally, we are able to do this!
Our family’s olive groves have 900 olive trees that comprise a wide range of Tuscany’s indigenous varieties (frantoio, leccino, pendolino, moraiolo, olivastra), which are highly valued for the quality of oil they produce. The olives are handpicked (as opposed to beating or shaking the trees) in order to protect the integrity of the olives. The olives are cold pressed no more than 24-36 hours after harvesting. Our oil has an extremely low acidity rate--between 0.1 and 0.3%. (Industry standards require extra virgin olive oil to have no more than 1.0% acidity; and IGP certification requires no more than 0.5% acidity.)
Our orchards have been tended with care for centuries. Some of our trees are 600 years old—and therefore still produce olives of the highest quality. The olive trees are expertly pruned and cared for by the expert hands of Luciano, who is quite proud of his skills and ensures excellent, healthy olives. Our harvest begins the first of November of every year. The olives are pressed at the local press, just 2 km from Cretaiole. The oil is 100% that of our orchards, first pressing only. Our family stores the oil in our cantina in a way that ensures optimum conditions (temperature, humidity, cleanliness). Therefore you can be certain that our oil comes from our olives, picked by our family, pressed locally, and packaged by our family. Every step of the process is done with pride, careful attention, and respect for this “liquid gold” that comes from the land and from centuries-old family tradition.
This is the oil we use in our own homes and that makes each of our meals so special and delicious. You can taste the love - the love our grandparents had for the trees and that they passed along to our parents and to us and our children.
Carlo has an extraordinary tasting skill that makes it possible for him to serve on the professional tasting panel for the province of Siena—a panel that tastes and certifies olive oil produced by the farmers in our area. His tasting skills are tested several times each year to ensure high accuracy, in order for him to continue to serve on this panel. Only olive oils that are completely free of defects can pass the panel of tasters. Our oil undergoes this testing process.
Why purchase Cretaiole’s olive oil:
Once you have tasted genuine artisanal extra virgin olive oil, you will want to continue to enjoy the excellent taste, the healthy effects, and the satisfaction of nourishing yourself with one of nature’s finest ingredients. Here are some major reasons to buy our extra virgin olive oil:
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