The Farms in the Olive Oil Consortium Macine del Trasimeno

Two companies dedicated to the production of high quality extra virgin organic olive oil. IL MONTELE BALZE

The Consortium was established thanks to the initiative of the two owners of the farms, Il Monte e Le Balze, both dedicated to organic farming and to olive oil quality.

Olive Farm Il Monte di E. Mercuriali

Dedicated to the production of oil, Il Monte is located in the hilltop community of Cittá della Pieve, the Renaissance town situated 550 meters above sea level overlooking the Val di Chiana.

The company was founded thirty years ago and is managed personally by the owner Eros Mercuriali. The land is on a south-facing slope with the groves divided between two locations: Il Monte on 12 hectares (30 acres) with 1900 olive trees and Canale having 3 hectares (7 acres) with 600 olive trees. The farm’s Moraiolo, Leccino, and Frantoio olive trees are typical of Il Monte and are grown organically, without the use of pesticides or chemicals which are banned by the certification authorities.

During harvest time (from October 20 to November 30), the olive picking is done by hand (using mechanical aids) in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit for a longer period. The picking is done before the olives come to full maturity because advanced maturation might alter some chemical factors and alter the flavor.

Within 24/48 hours of harvesting, the olives are processed in the consortium’s mill by the traditional method of cold pressing.
The oil is then left to settle naturally (so that the organoleptic properties remain intact) in steel containers and, in April, is bottled. The colour of the oil has a color ranging from green to golden yellow and a fruity flavor with a medium spicy tanginess.
The Olive Farm Il Monte di Mercuriali is part of Consortium for safeguarding extra virgin olive oil in Umbria, called D.O.P. Umbria.

Farm Il Monte di E. Mercuriali

Vocabolo Il Monte, 17
06062 Città della Pieve (PG)
tel. (+39)0578 298521

IT/US BAC 102390
FDA 14474532186

Company contact: Mr. Stefano PETRALI
Click either one of the two numbers to call
(+39)3482925762      (+39)3485531503


Olive Farm Le Balze Soc. Semplice

L’Azienda Agricola Le Balze was founded in 1986, on the North side of the mountain Pausillo in the village of Paciano (Perugia province), a small medieval village ranked among the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Le Balze, headed by Gianluigi Matturri, has 10,000 olive trees typical of the area: Moraiolo, Leccino, and Dolce Agogia and has an annual production of 170 to 180 metric tons of olives.

The cultivation of plants is strictly organic, although following this standard is complex and the control measures by the certifying authorities are as frequent as they are rigid. The farm’s choice of organic farming has helped (and continues to help) the sale of Le Balze olive oil in other countries, for example, in Germany and England, where the demand for organic products continues to grow.

In line with the biological purity in plant breeding, L’Azienda Agricola Le Balze applies the same care in processing the olives. During harvest, which runs from October 20 to November 30, the olives are delivered to the mill within 24 hours to avoid the possibility of fermentation that causes acidity.

The oil produced from L’Azienda Agricola Le Balze has a delicate flavor with the hint of artichoke and almond.

Le Balze logo
Farm Le Balze soc. semplice

Località Le Balze
06060 Paciano (PG)
IT/US BAC 101261

Click here to call Le Balze
tel. (+39)075 830538

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