When one owns a farm from seven generations producing for his own family and for customers who very often are known personally is only natural that one cultivates with care, caution and prudence.
Therefore we do a moderate use of fertilizer (always of organic origin) and we do not use pesticides unless those products used since the times of the ancient Romans like the traditional Poltiglia Bordolese.
Our persistence in keeping the older plants does not allow us the use of tractors and it is not uncommon that in some olive groves the mechanization is limited to only the manual brush cutter.
The multiconical shape olive pruning, despite not being made with the virtuosity of a time, continues to be performed with extreme care and the olives are harvested by hand with the use of networks, and whether the position of some olive tree does not allow the use of the networks we still use the “ritual” collection with “trippino” and “cistella a spalla” (kind of special bags tied up to the belly or to the shoulder of the harvester).
The economic cost of these rigorous choices of production and of our willingness of safeguarding the olive heritage is partially mitigated by the personal relationship that we have with most of our customers. This close relationship has so far allowed us not to undergo the procedures of bureaucratic control established by the consortium and certification bodies, and it’s saving us time, money and stress.
This is absolutely not an act of distrust in the certification bodies, but it’s the awareness that, at least for small size farms, the personal knowledge of the farmer and of his company can easily replace the bureaucratic figure of the controllers.
A choice this, that we share with some of the most serious and well-known Italian winery: the knowledge of the company provides a better guarantee than the certification of the consortium.