Handpicked from the trees, the olives are sent daily to the olive press, where the olives are carefully crushed by traditional granite grinders. A cold centrifuge system is used for extraction guaranteeing maximum hygiene. Tradition and advance technology are joined together in the production of this elegant full bodied gold green olive oil.
What makes FRANTOIA fine extra virgin olive oil quite different from the other oils and olive oil is its distinct personality: the typical aroma, reminiscent of fresh olives, the golden greenish color, its thin texture and rich delicate fruity flavor, loaded with olive notes and hints of herb that leave a pleasant aftertaste of sweet almonds. In order to appreciate olive oil at its best, we suggest using it raw on bread, fresh cheese, salad, vegetables, soups and all fish dishes.
The production of FRANTOIA extra Virgin olive oil is a labor of love and passion.
Abiding by traditional values yet moving with a spirit of innovation, the Barbera family obtains products of absolute integrity and superlative quality. The Barbera family has won a number of awards in the past; among these are the two gold medals from the international exhibition in Paris and the Grand Prize from the St. Louis exhibition. The most recent is the Golden Lion award, obtained at the Sol exhibition in Verona for their FRANTOIA, defined as the best balanced and harmoniously fruity extra virgin in its category.
The story of the award-winning Barbera Oil Mills began back in 1894. Four generations later, the firm’s traditional values were to be united to today’s innovative spirit, while the importance of modern technology in attaining a genuine improvement in quality was held uppermost. From this family, steeped in tradition, the motto, “Unless you were born for it, you can never become a master of oil making” was to become a central theme of the firm’s culture. It is this unbounded fervor and deeply felt awareness of the virtues of olive oil (it’s qualities as a unique aliment have also been acclaimed by the most recent research in nutritional science), that make it possible, today, to obtain a product that keeps it authentic savor intact while maintaining the traditional flavor assured by time honored pressing technique.
Recent Barbera Frantoia awards:
2001 International Olive Oil Council, Spain, Grand Prize
2000 NASFT Fancy Food Show Product Awards, New York City, Oil and Vinegar category
1999 Sol Olive Oil Exhibition, Verona Italy, Grand