A bottle of extra virgin olive oil is now as likely to be on a gourmet’s Christmas list as a high quality red wine. These days, any self-respecting bon vivant choose a bottle of top-quality olive oil as a perfect Christmas gift.
Olive oil, unlike many wines, does not get better with age. The fresher the oil is, the better the taste, and, indeed, olive oil still within three months of harvest is known as "olio nuovo" - new oil - and is extremely popular because of its peppery flavour, the product of the phenols, anti-oxidants and other volatiles that are so good for us. The olive harvest usually takes place in late October and early November, so that the olive oils on sale around the end of the year and early new year are best.
The best way to determine the quality of an olive oil, as with any other foodstuff, is simply to taste it. We invite you to come and visit Tuscany, one of the most famous regions regarding “green gold”, wine, and luxury tourism.
We introduce you Podere Pornanino, a family-run olive farm in the heart of Chianti, just 16 Km from Siena, surrounded by forests, vineyards and olive trees. Sought-after olive oil is produced with the slow, patient method that Italians have used for centuries, from their own olive groves.