Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 0.50 lt (17 oz)

Guaranteed by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry in accordance with Article 10 Reg.CE n.510/06

Deep green with warm golden shades.

Fruity medium or strong intensity. Powerful and complex, characterized by intense scents of ripe tomato, fresh herbs and balsamic notes.

Fruity medium or strong intensity. Fine and vast, marked tones of tomatoes, herbs and a nuts  . Bitter and spicy strong and powerful.


1. Name
The protected designation of origin "Valle del Belice" denotes extra-virgin olive oil that meets the conditions and requirements set by CEE Regulation 2031/92 and indicated in this specifications.

Art. 2. Production area
The PDO “Valle del Belice” is reserved to extra-virgin olive oil obtained from the milling of the olives coming from the olive groves within the Castelvetrano,Campobello di Mazara, Partanna,Poggioreale,Salaparuta e Santa Ninfa area.
3. Olive varieties
The cultivars that mainly contributes to the production of extra-virgin olive oil PDO Valle del Belice "is" Nocellara Belice "cultivar dual attitude, which is present in traditional machineries of at least 70%. The other cultivars, which contribute to the composition of the PDO extra-virgin oil , are the ones grown in the production area such as the Giarraffa, the Biancolilla, the Cerasuola, the Buscionetto, the Santagatesi, the Ogliarola Messinese and other minor cultivars. Individually or together they can not exceed 30%. The new machineries will have to meet the varietal composition described above.

Article 4. Climatic characteristics
Mediterranean climate is the feature of the area, characterized by mild winters and warm summers. The highest temperatures during the period 1972-94 often exceed 32 ° C (with peaks of 40 ° C) and occurred in the months of July and August, most often in July. The average lowest temperatures, which occurred during the period 1972-94, is 24 ° C. In the winter months the lowest temperature drops below 10 ° C for several days. The temperature range will not cause damage to the farm, generally there are no exceptional meteoric events, except for some hail of short duration. Precipitation is unevenly distributed and concentrated in a few months, mainly in autumn and winter. The area of Valle del Belice is characterized by five months of drought and the driest months are June, July and August. The rainfall is between 500 and 700 mm / year. Therefore  the irrigation in the area is to be considered useful for cultivation. The wind is rather strong and persistent, both in autumn / winter  and in spring-summer The soils of the production area of extra-virgin olive PDO Valle del Belice "show, from the pedologic point of view, a note represented by the common presence of brown soils more or less leached associated with the red soil in coastal areas (units 29 of the Charter of the soils of Sicily) and the top soil, regosols and lithosols in inland areas (11 units, 12, 13 and 16 of the Charter of the soils of Sicily).

5. Characteristics of cultivation
Production at the facilities traditional cultivation treatments should be made: the mechanical working of the soil, the fertilizer production, the treatment plant of the type integrated or biological, the annual production of pruning,  the irrigation easy and / or fertigation in irrigated areas, and all other farming practices compatible with modern agronomic addresses. The olive harvest is done by hand (browsing) and / or by instruments with facilitators starting from the month of October and no later than the month of December. The use of machinery to facilitate the collection and / or mechanics is allowed, provided that during the operation is to avoid contact with the ground drupes. The use of  chemical facilitated the fall is forbidden. The harvested olives are preserved in such a way to ensure product quality in processing stage. However, the transport and storage of olives in bags of any material is forbidden. The olives are stored in cool and ventilated environments until the milling process and are milled within two days from picking. The annual maximum production of olives attained of a specialized olive grove is 100 quintals per hectare. If the olive grove is promiscuous (screw-olive and other associations), the maximum may not exceed 60 kg per plant. Intensive specialized in olive production have allowed more than 100 quintals per hectare in accordance with existing experimental data. The yield maximum allowable oil shall be up to 23%.

6. Oil-making methods
The oil-making of olives for the  PDO oil production , must be done with all the mechanical extraction systems meeting the requirements of law and to keep the original quality. The oil-making operations of olives for oil production PDO Valle del Belice "must be made in milling facilities located in the territory of the municipalities within the area in art. 2nd The mills must have suitable facilities for washing and defoliation processes must be applied to the drupes. The practice of reuse pulp extracted is forbidden. The paste work shall not exceed, however, the 30 ° C and verified by appropriate instruments of control. The conservation of must be done in environments that allow the maintenance of steady temperature during a change of seasons and away from air and light. The oil must be stored in containers in accordance with the law.

7. Consumer Features
PDO oil must meet, at the time of consumption within the parameters laid down by the CEE Regulation 2568/91 and subsequent additions and modifications, and also must have the following physical, chemical and organoleptic characteristics:
- Color: green to yellow with green reflections;
- Scent: fruity olive oil from unripe to mature;
- Taste: fruity: medium to intense;
feeling bitter: from light to intense;
spicy sensation from light to intense;
panel test (score): GEQ 7 or within the limits set under current rules;
Maximum acidity, expressed as% oleic acid Leq = 0.5%;
peroxide Leq = 12 meq / kg;
polyphenols GEQ p.p.m. = 100;

8. Designation and presentation
The protected designation of origin under Article. 1 is not adding anything not expressly laid down in the specification of production including the adjectives: "end", "selected", "selected", "superior". It allowed the use of true names, company names, private labels have no meaning as long laudatio or not such as to mislead the consumer. The use of names of farms, estates, farms and their geographical location, and the reference to the packaging or on the association of oil companies in the olive or olive, located in the production, is allowed only if the product is produced exclusively from olives harvested in the olive groves belonging to the company. Oil Dop must be packaged and marketed in containers in accordance with the law. The capacity of each package can not be greater than five liters. The package must bear a major label as required by law´╗┐.