In a nutshell: Sting and Trudie Styler's gorgeous organic, cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from a blend of Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino olives, grown on their 300 year-old estate in Tuscany.
This luscious organic Extra Virgin olive oil is made by Sting and his wife Trudie Styler on their 300-year old estate, Villa Il Palagio, in Tuscany. With all the characteristics of a great classic Tuscan olive oil - fresh grassy flavour, lovely bright emerald green colour and aromas of artichoke, citrus and avocado, its perfect for drizzling over salads, pasta e fagioli soup, pappa al pomodoro, bruschetta and tomatoes, grilled vegetables and steaks.
The olive trees which grace Il Palagio’s landscape date back for many hundreds of years and have been sensitively restored to full productivity. This is largely thanks to the care and dedication of Estate Manager Paolo Rossi, who insists that the orchards are not irrigated, a system which is labour-intensive but which greatly improves quality. Paolo sites his trees right at the limit of the optimal growing area at 360 feet above sea level. This is the best situation to escape the natural pest of the olive fly. Finally, the olives are collected by hand, as they have been for centuries, ensuring only the very finest are selected. Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino olives are harvested at the end of October then the oil is cold pressed. Paolo was born in Villa Il Palagio, and his family’s historical links with the property go back through the last century. His strong connection to the land is obvious in the enormous care and attention he gives to the olive groves, the vineyards and all the produce grown at Il Palagio. Paolo also provides the day-to-day continuity and commitment so valuable to the success of every growing season and harvest.
Details 500ml or 250ml bottles; winner of a Gold Award at the 2017 New York International Olive Oil Competition.
About Il Palagio
The Villa Il Palagio perches elegantly at the top of a long steep drive, overlooking the distant Tuscan hills and the undulating countryside which has always had profound agricultural significance. The nearby medieval town of Figline Valdarno was known as the “barn of Florence” for its abundant corn supplies. Grains, wine, oil, sugar beets, peaches, apricots and cherries have long been grown here. The estate extends to some 350 hectares, much of the land given over to forest, incorporating some beautiful lakes. Il Palagio has always been farmed. In the late 1700s the Martelli family purchased the property and as their wealth grew, so did the estate. In 1819 they sold to the Countess Carlotta Barbolani of Montauto, the widow of the Duke of San Clemente and it remained in this family’s hands for some 150 years. At the beginning of the twentieth century Duke Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente commissioned several new buildings including a grain store, oil mill and wine production area. When Sting and Trudie first came across the estate in 1999, it had by then fallen into a state of disrepair. They set about the task of lovingly restoring the house, the outbuildings and the land to their former glory. Il Palagio is now so prolific in output that Sting and Trudie have opened a farm shop selling everything made or grown on the estate, including fresh vegetables and fruits, and their homemade salumi.