THIS SITE USES SOME 'COOKIE': FIND OUT MORE AT   
Login
Username (Email)

Password

Lost password?

Carrello

BRISIGHELLA AND OLIVE OIL

“AT BRISIGHELLA THE OLIVE TREES ALWAYS GIVE A FRUIT SO PERFECT THAT THE THUS-DISTILLED OIL IS OF THE FINEST QUALITY...”

BRISIGHELLA AND OLIVE OIL
From the chronicles of Antonio Metelli, a 19th century historian.Many years before, in 1594, Andrea Giovanni Callegari, Bishop of Bertinoro, while referring to the Lamone Valley in a letter to Hieronimo Mercuiali, doctor to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, stated the following: “the air, the water, the wines, the olive oil and fruits are so fine and flavoured that they have nothing to envy of other regions”.
If one goes back even further in search for references or testimony to just how deeply rooted olive cultivation is in the Valle del Lamone, we can even recede as far as the 2nd century.
 
The rudimentary family olive press found in the ruins of Pieve del Thò, in fact, dates back to this era.
From ancient history to recent history.
The millennial cultivation of olive trees at Brisighella, on the beautiful hillsides protected from the cold winds, make this area, right on the limit of the Adriatic-facing slopes of the olive cultivation belt, an extremely interesting, unique area.
The most commonly cultivated variety is “Nostrana di Brisighella”.
In 1972, the 300 or so olive growers formed a co-operative and built a local olive press to safeguard and make the most of local production.

The olive groves, mostly of a heterogeneous nature, cover some 300 hectares and account for 70,000 olive trees.
The olives are hand-cropped as maturation reaches perfection; they are then packed in small crates and delivered to the olive press daily.
Extraction is effected using the controlled-temperature Sinolea method (percolation).
In 1996 the European Union officially recognised Brisighella extra virgin olive oil by awarding it DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) status under the label “BRISIGHELLA DOP”.
 
WINE CULTIVATION IN BRISIGHELLA
  
Brisighella has always been host to vine cultivation. The sun-drenched hills have been planted with the upward-trained tree-like vines of Albana and Sangiovese, intermingled with the olive plants. On the valley floor rows of vines were planted which, married with maple, formed characteristic arbours of sweetly-perfumed grapes.
Wisely, the appropriate balance between the old and the new has been carefully maintained, thus ensuring clear advantages for the quality of the wine.
Among the red grape varieties we have: Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, and Ciliegolo.
The white grape vines are: Albana di Romagna, Trebbiano, Pignoletto, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon.

The Brisighella vine-growing area covers about 1,000 hectares: the majority of red grape varieties are planted in the hills while white grape varieties are prevalently found on the valley floor, except for those vines which produce aromatic wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon, both grown high up in the hills.
The Cooperative includes virtually all the wine growers (presently 575 in number) with overall average yearly grape output at around 10,000,000 Kg.
 
Over the last ten years wine production has been transformed from one of low-level selection to one that confers much greater quality, allowing us to obtain wines that are then sold by measure and bottled directly at our plant.