The Cooperativa Agricola Colli Etruschi was founded in 1965 in Blera, a small town in the Viterbo area, thanks to the initiative of 18 olive growers. Initially, the aim was to significantly reduce production costs, also by resorting to innovative extraction equipment for the time. Continuous investments have allowed this new reality to produce and market an extra virgin olive oil obtained from historical cultivars of the territory, such as Canino, Leccino and Frantoio.
The high quality of the product is also the result of the local climatic conditions. As well as growing on volcanic soil, the plants can benefit from the sea breeze. With over 40,000 plants cultivated in about 800 sites, and over 300 members, the Cooperativa Agricola Colli Etruschi has become an important point of reference both for haute cuisine and for everyday use.
One of the commitments undertaken by the cooperative is the will to invest, guaranteeing the utmost respect for the environment, with an eye towards biosustainability. This has led, for instance, to reusing vegetation water as fertilizer, pressing with innovative machinery and using the olive paste as biomass. Lastly, a photovoltaic system can meet 85% of the energy requirements.
To ensure a high quality extra virgin olive oil, important measures have been adopted in the various stages of production. Among other things, the olive harvest is brought forward to the first days of October, and olives are divided by cultivar.
The Cooperativa Agricola Colli Etruschi offers 3 varieties of extra virgin olive oil to its consumers. The Colli Etruschi Classico oil, obtained from Caninese, Frantoio and Leccino cultivars, is characterized by its highly intense bitter and spicy tones, with hints of green almonds. The Colli Etruschi Classico "IO" extra-virgin olive oil, extracted from Caninese Cultivar, has an emerald green color, hints of walnut husk and a particular aromatic harmony. Finally, the DOP Tuscia, which shares the cultivar with the "IO" variety, has hints of field grass and green almonds.