Oro de Pòe olive oil is born out of a true love story. The estate upon which it is created is just as rich in family history and heritage as the land upon which it sits. In the early 1960’s, Cavalier Gentile Bizzotto and his wife Mrs. Elisa, chose to relocate his textile factory to Pove del Grappa, a village in the Vicenza province that was known for its mild microclimate. They chose this particular piece of land because it included an olive orchard with century old olive trees, some dating back more than 300 years. When the Bizzotto family took possession of the land, they immediately planted 200 more trees in honour of their eldest son Paolo, and newly born son Francesco. They felt it was a good omen and a symbolic gift to dedicate trees to their children that were known for their longevity.
In our olive oil cultivation we respect the plants both in their morphology and their physiology. We prune our trees to facilitate a “full crown arrangement” in order to stimulate the alternation of branch production which is an important characteristic of olive trees. The fertilizers used are organic based and strictly comply with the national P.A.N. specifications for integrated pest control against olive tree diseases along with the use of biological traps to monitor the insects present in the olive grove. The olive grove is completely covered with grass and the composition of the stable lawn is rich in aromatic essences whose scents are then found in the fruitiness / herbaceousness that characterizes our oil.
At the beginning of September we begin to check the ripeness index of the olives according to the different varieties of plants present in our olive grove. Based on these analyzes, the date and areas of the olive grove in which to start harvesting are decided (generally in the second ten days of October). We harvest by hand and with the help of manual facilitators, always respecting the plants and their fruits. The olives therefore remain intact and healthy and are brought to the mill on the same day with the aim of bringing the moment of harvesting as close as possible to the moment of pressing: the effort is to ensure the preservation of the peculiarities of the olives.
My name is Stefano Farronato. For more than 20 years, I have dedicated my life to my passion for trees, particularly olive trees. An expert in olive cultivation and a professional arborist, I hold the international certification of “European Tree Technician.” Every year, I supervise more than 10,000 olive trees in the region of Veneto, mastering the secrets and distinct characteristics of their wonderful fruit, the olive.
Several years ago I began to collaborate with “Tenuta Gentile”, known for the production of its extra virgin olive oil, “Oro de Poè”. I manage the agricultural aspects of the olive yard and the olive oil production. From the “Tenuta Gentile” we find a superb olive oil, which thanks to its ideal geographic location, olive varieties, and the diverse skill sets of our collaborators, represents one of the best DOP oils of the region. Competence, Passion, and Technical Capacity finds its nexus in this Olive Oil.