Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil



                             
Estate
Located on the Tyrrhenian coast in Calabria, half way between Pizzo Calabro and Serra San Bruno, Castle Mutari rises in the heart of a centuries old olive grove extending over 300 hectares. The castle, constructed in Norman times at the end of the XIIth century, draws on medieval architecture, with a central keep and two crenellated cylindrical towers placed at each side. The estate is located in a place historically famous for the production of extra-virgin olive oil.

The Mutari olive trees, caressed by the sun, have their roots in history with eleven thousand centuries old plants, impressive natural monuments, to which over the years, 16,000 seventy year old plants and 20,000 twenty-five year old plants have been added, giving a total production unit of 47.000 plants.

The south-facing estate lands, 270 hectares of which are organic grown olive groves, lie at an average of 250 metres above sea level. The Olive trees produce three types of local and traditional cultivar: autochthonous “ottobratica”, “minuta” and “tonda di Filogaso” sub-varieties.
Terre di Mutari
The history of the Estate is deeply rooted in the earliest middle ages. Surrounded by olive trees the production of olive oil from the fruit of centuries old olive trees, still productive today, was started. In the early nineteen hundreds it became a private residence, the work of Pasquale Borello, who had been managing the estate as a tenant, and from the very beginning of his tenancy had dedicated his efforts to the production of extra-virgin olive oil. In 1954, his son, Francesco Borello purchased the property from the then proprietor the Duke Matteo Gatti Farina.

Terre di Mutari has taken part in research and training projects promoted by the IOC (International Olive Council) on an international level, in Australia, Japan, Portugal and the United States.

Today the estate, managed by Signora Elisabetta Franco Rondinelli and her son Paolo Borello, is among the leaders in Italy in terms of size and production.
Organic extra-virgin olive oil
From this antique experience and by an ambitious management policy that Terre di Mutari handle their olive trees with traditional agricultural organic methods based on a totally natural approach and a passion which has remained unchanged over time.

The harvest is carried out by hand, assisted by mechanical shakers for the programmed fall of the olives onto nets previously spread on the ground (over 3 million square metres of netting cover the entire olive grove!). The olives are milled in the estate oil mill the same day they are harvested, using the most modern and avant-garde working techniques with cold pressing, without the addition of water, in order to enhance the aromatic and organoleptic characteristics of the oil obtained.

The result is an annual production of approximately 300,000 kg of 100% Italian organic olive oil obtained from an average olive harvest of 2,500,000 kg.
Organic by tradition
Our organic agriculture is a global system of estate management. With the aim of avoiding the waste of natural resources, the innovation process works together with respect for the ecosystem and biodiversity, using avant-garde agronomic techniques which, in addition, foresee the re-utilisation of the natural working waste:


That which has always characterised Terre di Mutari is its natural vocation to the loving care of its lands nourished by women and men who for generations have lovingly cared for the Mutari olives, where each object has its own past, where each tree a story to tell...