Varigotti, a hamlet of Finale Ligure, in the province of Savona, has been growing olives for centuries. In 1125, the Benedictines adopted a terracing system to cultivate the little land available in the local mountains, choosing to plant the first examples of Colombaia. Centuries later, the Domenico Ruffino Farm started producing its own oils from this thousand-year old variety, preserving a unique historical heritage, and then adding other varieties to this cultivar. There are 850 cultivated trees, spread over more than two hectares of land.
The production is characterized by low environmental impact cultivation techniques and the choice of directly managing the various processing phases.
Not just attention to cultivation, but also the use of compost (pomace and pruning waste) as a natural fertilizer. Harvesting, strictly carried out by hand, precedes the extraction only by a few hours.
A futuristic continuous-cycle mill is responsible for pressing the olives; a photovoltaic system was installed in 2011. Respect for the environment is also evident in the lack of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
Among the products that have become famous abroad, is the “Pria Grossa” evo oil, obtained from the Colombaia native variety and characterized by green reflections and aromas, with emerging rosemary and artichoke notes. This product won the award for the best monovarietal in purity in the world.
Domenico Ruffino was also mentioned in the pages of the "Guide to the Best Oils in the World" on two occasions (in 2006 and 2007 respectively) at the end of a detailed series of analyses and tastings. Gambero Rosso has rewarded the “Pria Grossa”oil with several awards in recent years.