“Fate decided I was to meet Maurizio and it took me just a minute to realise that something new and exciting could be achieved. An hour later, after Maurizio Pesucci had indicated a 1000 year old fresco he had found by chance on the wall of his house, talked to me about some 2500 year old Etruscan tombs he had casually stumbled across his property and showed me his production of Vin Santo and salamis I was enthralled. Something had to be done here…” – Dario Castagno
Made With Passion
Steeped In Tradition
Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an organic, I.G.P certified extra virgin olive oil produced in the hills surrounding Radda in Chianti. All the spirit of Maurizio and the passion that comes through in Dario’s prose flows through each drop of this unique oil.
Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s elegant character and earthy fragrance are matched by its benefits to great health, and, like fine wine, its attributes vary annually from harvest to harvest. Authentic and handmade, it’s available in limited supply.
With each year’s late November/early December harvest, the Palagio team is committed to being able to ship this exquisite oil to you to enjoy days after the olives were basking in the sun on a hillside, making for a truly alive culinary product that’s cause for celebration at table with friends and family. Of course, Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil keeps wonderfully all year as well, until the next harvest and another annual “olio novo” festival from your friends!
“The elements include the altitude – which guarantees a more salubrious environment that’s less conducive to parasites – the distance from the salty sea breeze, the rocky soil, and, indeed, the young age of the trees. These are the factors that make our oil so prestigious and yet so rare.” – Maurizio
“Its intense aroma of freshly mowed grass” Dario says, its dense consistency and strong flavor and the pleasant tickle it leaves behind in the throat delight the palate. These characteristics, added to its irresistibly opaque, almost phosphorescent green hue, make it by far the prince of products in these parts” – Dario
Nutrition: Healthy and Good For You!
Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil olives are grown in the hills surrounding Radda in Chianti at an altitude that varies from 250 to 500 meters above sea level. The olives are of four varieties – leccino, moraiolo, pendolino, frantoio – and are exclusively hand picked. Il Palagio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is ideal for any type of gastronomic purpose and is a cornerstone of a healthy Mediterranean diet.
The nutritional values and benefits of extra virgin olive oil are enhanced by the fact that its composition is equilibrated towards unsaturated, “omega” essential fatty acids: oleic acid (primarily) as well as linoleic and linolenic acids. These fats are known as essential because, not being able to be synthesized by the human organism, they have to be introduced through alimentation. Apart from this particular and nutritionally advantageous composition, the antioxidant properties of extra virgin olive oil, including those derived from vitamins K,A,E and D, are extremely important to good health as well.
The Italian certification IGP – Identificazione Geografica Protetta – literally translated means “protected geographical identification.” The seal is only awarded to products that possess determined quality characteristics that depend primarily on the location in which they originate, and, if applicable, from the area in which they have
further been transformed. The foremost reason for displaying the IGP seal is to guarantee customers that they are receiving an authentic, high quality product. It is also certification of excellence as determined by the European Common Market.