If there are 3 things that typify the glorious landscape of Sicily it would have to be grape vines, citrus trees and the incredible olive grove. All 3 are steeped in centuries-old history, wonderful Sicilian tradition and, oh....if they could only tell their stories.
Sicily is enjoying a "renaissance of the olive tree" in this century and the act if planting, harvesting and making tasty EVOO is fearcly protected at a family and community level.
Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO
At Reitano, a very small common in the Province of Messina, linked to Nebrodi Park, we have our family olive groves. Nebrodi Park spans 87.000 hectars, enveloping a territory of 24 municipalities. It is the largest natural mountain reserve in Sicily; a truly rich blend of plants, animals, and local products.
Our family has always been linked to this product which so proudly represents Sicily and the Mediterranean. The oldest maps of the area surrounding the Nebrodi Natural Park, indicate that over five centuries ago olives were cultivated on our land, in one of the areas best known for the production of olive oil. Here, we carefully nurture over 700 trees in an area renowned for great biodiversity in which rare examples of flora and fauna co-exist.
We are very fortunate to be located amongst this beautiful landascape and are blessed with a climate perfect for cultivating olives. Our olive groves are located at an optimum altitude, 300 - 500 meters above sea level. From here looking north you will enjoy an amazing view of the rich blue Eolian Sea and its many islands.
It is here that we create ‘’Nucidda’’ Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Nucidda is a dialect word that means ‘’little hazelnut’’, a word with an ancient familiar story, a word that stands for Love and Passion for what we like.
The olive varieties that we grow are traditionally Sicilian ones specific to this area: Santagatese, Verdello, Crastu, Ogliarola. They are usually more full bodied in taste compared to Tuscan or Ligurian oil.
We hand harvest our olives in early October.
This is the moment in which the earth gathers our family and our employees together in long days of work that take us back to the old rituals of the farming tradition.
It’s a back breaking job and the most labour intensive part of olive oil production. Furthermore, this is the moment of truth because now we finally get the see and taste the results of an entire year of care. The olives are harvested by hand and rushed off to the mill to be mechanically pressed on very the day they are picked. This helps preserve freshness and produces an olive oil which is particularly fruity, appropriately acidic and slightly spicy, with flavour and smell of the sea and citrus.
From the very beginning we decided to follow the values of traditional agriculture: respect for the earth and sustainability. For these reasons, when treating our trees we use only products that don’t change their natural equilibrium and balance. We have choosen not to use any fertilizers and accept and adapt to what Mother Nature wants to give us.
We are also very careful to follow these same values when planting new trees. We geometrically place the young trees in rows of 5×6 meters allowing every tree to have enough light and air to grow strong and beautiful.
We invite you to book a visit where it would be our pleasure to have you taste our beautiful olive oil. Come during the harvest or after it. We are located just one hour from Palermo. Shipments all over the world, available in 1 or 5 liter containers
You can purchase the oil right at the farm or we can arrange to ship it straight to your home!
For any informations about the oil and shipping, please contact us at:
Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil EVOO, online sales.
Olio Extravergine di Oliva Siciliano, vendita on line.