"The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven." - Thomas Jefferson
Our groves are nestled in the quiet foothills of Calabria, where growing olives and making Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a way of life. Many of the trees in the TRE OLIVE grove are more than a century old and the temperature and climate are perfect for growing olives. It's all about the love, and we love what we do!
Calluzzi is where it all began… the land adjacent to our family home. The trees that make up the grove in Calluzzi are close to 100 years old with saplings planted among the older trees along with a fig or pear tree here and there.
The trees in the Cardolo section of the grove are a mix of young and old olives with various fruit trees scattered among them including fig and orange trees. Cardolo is also the name of the neighborhood located nearby, which is down the road from our family mill.
The trees in the Carlocimino grove are tiered and sit on a hilltop overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. On a clear day you can see the island of Stromboli, which is one of Italy’s three active volcanoes situated off the coast of Calabria. In 1934 we opened our first olive mill in Carlocimino. The new mill is located just below the grove.
Most of the trees in the Casa Vecchia section of the grove are well over 100 years old with some trees dating back 200 years or more. They share the land with an old abandoned house (Casa Vecchia means Old House.) The trees were neglected for many years before we cleaned them up and are now back to producing beautiful olives.
Cerzeto or Cerza, is dialect for Quercia which means Oak in Italian - a walk through the Cerzeto grove and you will see where it got its name. A section of Oak trees splits the grove down the middle, which gives us a great place to find wild porcini mushrooms in autumn! The trees in the Cerzeto grove are mostly 60-80 years old.
The trees in La Chiusa are located a short walk from Calluzzi in an area bordered by woods where we forage for wild mushrooms. La Chiusa used to be a cherry orchard but the cherry trees were replaced by olives about 35 years ago... you can still find a few fruit trees among the olives along with a section of vineyard.
The olive trees in Mattiu are bordered by a section of woods and we often see wild boar roaming through the grove. The trees are 80 to 100 years old (with a few youngsters in between) and the trunks are beginning to knot like their older brothers and sisters. Mattiu is short walk down a country road from the Casa Vecchia grove.
Many of the olive trees in Melia are over a century old with twisted and imperfectly beautiful trunks. This section of the grove is nestled between two hills and if they could speak, the stories they would tell.....
The trees in Melia Collina sit on a hilltop overlooking the valley below. The grove is peaceful with views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. In "olive tree terms" the trees in Melia Collina are young (25-50 years old) and happily share the grove with a section of our vineyard which produces some amazing homemade wine! We like to think that the vines share some secrets with the trees as they both produce wonderful harvests.
Pedia is a small section of town with a handful of country homes located down the road from Calluzzi. A local sheep farmer can often be seen passing through with his herd - otherwise, it's a pretty quiet section of the grove… a great place to grow olives.
The Sugheri section of the grove is located next to a national park a few kilometers from our family olive mill. - Sughero means cork in Italian and the grove gets its name from the abundant number of Cork trees in the area. The bark from Cork trees is harvested to make corks for wine bottles.
In most sections of the grove, we have added saplings among the older trees...but in the Zuzo section of the grove it's exactly the opposite - most of the trees are young (30-50 years old) with older trees in-between. Zuzo is actually the area in town where the grove is located... it even has its own street sign! How many groves can say that?