Colombaia is an historic, but endangered cultivar with a unique genotype and, consequently, cultivation today is very limited. This Pria Grossa Colombaia olive oil is a monovarietal oil produced from olives that grow on 700 to 900 year old trees, in Varigotti. An early harvest yields an intense oil, rich in antioxidants. It is an environmental heritage and an example of biodiversity that is well worth saving.
The cultivation of Colombaia olive trees dates back to 1125 when the Benedictine Monks arrived from Lerein, and introduced olive growing to Varigotti. Today, some of those thousand-year-old trees still survive in their native variety and can be found in the Pria Grossa olive grove. Olives are handpicked and pressed within three hours in the modern and ecological crusher, which is located right in the middle of our grove.