DOP GARDA EXTRAVIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Descrizione

Oil began to have a fundamental role already back in the VII century, in fact, a decree in the year 643 applied heavy fines to those who damaged olive trees in the villages around Lake Garda.  In Medieval times, oil had a very high economic value and there was the saying:” four, six kilos of Garda oil are worth a very large pig”.  But man’s actions were evident in the landscape around Lake Garda only in the Risorgimento period: from that moment, the slopes – the so-called “terraces” overlooking the lake – were designed and used to cultivate olive trees giving the area the name of “Olive Riviera”.  


The main cultivar, meaning the variety of plant cultivated with genetic improvement, is the Casaliva, the native variety of Lake Garda.  The other historical cultivars are Leccino, Rossanel, La Raza, Moraiolo, Pendolino and Frantoio. The Garda origin designation is accompanied by an additional geographical mention, like Bresciano, Eastern or Trentino.  One curious fact is the position of the olive cultivation:  the Garda DOP extravirgin is, in fact, obtained at a more northern latitude than any other cultivation in the world.  This particular position should thank the lake that creates, at the foot of the Alps, a perfect Mediterranean microclimate.  This characteristic make the Garda DOP unique and usable in both delicate and stronger recipes.  

The olives are hand-picked directly from the plant or with a machine and milling and pressing are carried out cold using the mills, as in the past.  The oil features a low degree of acidity and is distinguished by its delicate taste:  it has a light and well-balanced aromas, with hints of fresh and aromatic herbs, hay and artichoke, with an almond aftertaste.  The olives used to produce this oil all come from the provinces of Brescia, Mantua, Verona and Trento. 

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Oil began to have a fundamental role already back in the VII century, in fact, a decree in the year 643 applied heavy fines to those who damaged olive trees in the villages around Lake Garda.  In Medieval times, oil had a very high economic value and there was the saying:” four, six kilos of Garda oil are worth a very large pig”.  But man’s actions were evident in the landscape around Lake Garda only in the Risorgimento period: from that moment, the slopes – the so-called “terraces” overlooking the lake – were designed and used to cultivate olive trees giving the area the name of “Olive Riviera”.  


The main cultivar, meaning the variety of plant cultivated with genetic improvement, is the Casaliva, the native variety of Lake Garda.  The other historical cultivars are Leccino, Rossanel, La Raza, Moraiolo, Pendolino and Frantoio. The Garda origin designation is accompanied by an additional geographical mention, like Bresciano, Eastern or Trentino.  One curious fact is the position of the olive cultivation:  the Garda DOP extravirgin is, in fact, obtained at a more northern latitude than any other cultivation in the world.  This particular position should thank the lake that creates, at the foot of the Alps, a perfect Mediterranean microclimate.  This characteristic make the Garda DOP unique and usable in both delicate and stronger recipes.  

The olives are hand-picked directly from the plant or with a machine and milling and pressing are carried out cold using the mills, as in the past.  The oil features a low degree of acidity and is distinguished by its delicate taste:  it has a light and well-balanced aromas, with hints of fresh and aromatic herbs, hay and artichoke, with an almond aftertaste.  The olives used to produce this oil all come from the provinces of Brescia, Mantua, Verona and Trento. 

Where you can find this product

Seasonality

The olives must be picked before January 15th, of each year.

The towns in the province of Brescia: Botticino, Calvagese della Riviera, Desenzano del Garda, Gardone Riviera, Gargnano, Gavardo, Limone sul Garda, Lonato, Manerba del Garda, Moniga del Garda, Muscoline, Padenghe sul Garda, Paitone, Polpenazze del Garda, Pozzolengo, Puegnago del Garda, Roè Volciano, Salò, San Felice del Benaco, Serie, Sirmione, Soiano del Lago, Tignale, Toscolano Maderno, Tremosine, Villanuova sul Clisi, Vobarno.

The towns in the province of Mantua: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Cavriana, Monzambano, Ponti sul Mincio, Solferino, Volta Mantovana.

Pairings
  • Lambrusco Mantovano DOC
  • Franciacorta DOCG

East Lombardy is the European region
of gastronomy 2017