Frantoio Cooperativo Valdelsano

az3Frantoio Cooperativo Valdelsano was founded in 1974 by a group of farmers in the Elsa valley; lacking adequate facilities for pressing their olives, they founded a cooperative to make sure their harvest could be processed in the time needed to obtain a high-quality product. At its foundation, the cooperative had 126 member producers. It is now made up of a 13-member board of directors that represents the most significant olive-producing areas in the surrounding municipalities, and 1100 members who are active in the life of the cooperative.

az2TRADITION AND COOPERATION

The local oil-making tradition dates back to the dawn of history, since extra-virgin olive oil has been produced in Tuscany for over 3000 years. Producers have come together in a cooperative in the interest of accessing services and technical consulting that will provide consumers with a healthy, genuine oil, directly from the grove to the table. The steady growth in the number of member producers since 1974 demonstrates Frantoio Cooperativo’s hard work to obtain an oil whose unique qualities are characteristic of its area, which has always stood out as a prime olive-growing region.

HIGH-QUALITY PROCESSING

az1The proximity of the groves and the organization of pressing ensures that the product is immediately processed within 24 hours of harvesting. Two-stage defoliation, careful washing of the olives, and temperature-controlled agitation are all closely monitored. This is the very process that gives extra-virgin olive oil unique characteristics that make it so distinctive (taste, aroma, acidity and conservation).

TRACEABILITY

Product traceability is guaranteed by the constant work of Frantoio Cooperativo Valdelsano and the direct oversight of special-denomination consortiums (I.G.P. Toscano and D.O.P. Terre di Siena).