Tuscan extra virgin olive oil benefit from specific European legislation that guarantees its authenticity, its quality and its geographic link with specific areas. According to the EC Reg. no. 510/2006, consumers who purchase a product protected with the DOP and IGP (PDO and IGP) labels can be certain that these products have precise geographic origins.
The production area corresponds to the area delimited for Chianti Classico wine production and covers numerous municipalities in the Siena and Florence provinces. As for the organoleptic evaluation, the oil must range from deep green to green with golden nuances and have a fruity aroma and a bitter, slight pungent flavor.
Tuscan extra virgin olive oil with a protected geographic origin binds the whole production in the Tuscan Region, starting from the growing of the olives to the extraction of the oil, including its packaging.
This olive oil is produced in a defined geographical district of the province of Lucca. It has a fruity, basically sweet olive taste from light to medium and with pungent, bitter sensations.
Olives must be produced in the hilly territories of the province of Siena dedicated to oil production, with the characteristics and quality level foreseen by the regulations. Color must range from green to yellow, with color variations with the passing of time. The taste has some bitter and pungent notes.
It's exclusively obtained from olive groves that have at least 85% of the Olivastra Seggianese cultivar and which are located in Arcidosso, Castel del Piano, Seggiano, Cinigiano, Santa Fiora, Roccalbegna, Semproniano and part of the Town of Castell'Azzara and towns of Mount'Amiata. The product features have the following organoleptic characteristics: color from green to gold fresh, net olive odor; flavor: clean with herbaceous notes.
Cover image credit: Consorzio Olio extravergine di oliva del Chianti Classico DOP