The farm owns and tends 650 olive trees in several groves on sloping land, making their mark on the entire property, from the steep Coste San Felice hill as far as the Contrada da Vicenne highland.
As tradition dictates, the estate’s steepest, highest plots are home to the oldest olive trees and the heirloom native varieties; at mid-hillside the plots are home to trees over ten years old and a mix of native varieties, some old and some young; in the plots towards the valley floor there are more recently planted olive groves which include more generic varieties but of proven quality.
The main production plots comprise ancient, acclimatized varieties that have always grown in the area: the POLLICE– a minor local variant of the Toccolana cultivar, monarch of the Casauriense type – and the INTOSSO cultivars. Later the GENTILE cultivar, undisputed bearer of finesse to flavour and aroma, and the LECCINO cultivar, which ensures excellent fruitiness in this area even for a late harvest. Last, but not least, the PERANZANA cultivar, a wonderful contributor of aromas, enhancing a blend where it is present.
Tenuta Secolo IX decided to extend the number of varieties present on its estate to make a multifaceted EVO blended from different but perfectly balanced varieties, complementing one another and intended to achieve a well-defined, polished end product. Each olive variety found on the estate provides a quality oil with a well-defined personality that shows its worth in the final blend. The end result is a complex product, always focused and balanced, unwavering with each harvest and colourfully distinct thus difficult to imitate.[:]